Ramesh Thakur

Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Prof. Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. He was Vice Rector and Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations) from 1998–2007. Prof. Thakur was a Commissioner and one of the principal authors of The Responsibility to Protect (2001), and Senior Adviser on Reforms and Principal Writer of the United Nations Secretary-General's second reform report (2002). He was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo (2007–11), Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (2007–10) and Foundation Director of the Balsillie School of International affairs in Waterloo, Ontario. The author or editor of over 40 books and 400 articles and book chapters, Prof. Thakur also writes regularly for quality national and international newspapers around the world. He serves on the international advisory boards of institutes in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance. His R2P-related books include The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2006); The Responsibility to Protect: Norms, Laws and the Use of Force in International Politics (Routledge, 2011); Blood and Borders: The Responsibility to Protect and the Problem of the Kin-State (Tokyo: UN University Press, 2011); and The People vs. the State: Reflections on UN Authority, US Power and the Responsibility to Protect (UN University Press, 2011).

Most Recent Posts

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Israel, Iran, and the bomb

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March 6, 2015
Israel and the US agree on stopping Iran from getting the bomb. But will leaving it with limited capability check or facilitate its nuclear ambition?
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Blair's Deluded Take on ISIS

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June 25, 2014
Tony Blair thinks that ISIS's advance into Iraq can be blamed on the failure topple Assad. Should we admire him for his chutzpah or condemn him for his shamelessness, wonders Ramesh Thakur.
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India's Foreign Policy Continuity

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May 22, 2014
For those who are anxious about India's foreign policy direction under its new PM, don't be. Narendra Modi will likely follow the same strategy as his predecessors, says Ramesh Thakur.