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International law in a post-post-Cold War world—can it survive?

Recent world developments pose a direct challenge to the authority and effectiveness of international law. The actions of Russia in Ukraine, and China in...

Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia (MIKTA): middle, regional, and constructive powers providing global governance

This paper argues that MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia) are middle, regional, and constructive powers that can serve as...

Poverty measurement: we know less than policy makers realize

There is a widespread policy interest in poverty estimates at both national and global level. There has been an explosion of poverty measurement in the...

The European Union and China: the need for a more politicised relationship

China and the European Union (EU) in 2016 have one of the largest economic relationships to the world, with a network of strategic dialogues covering...

Ethics, international affairs and Western double standards

The stability of the global order is a function of the reconciliation between universal ethical principles and power asymmetries. Both principles and...

Responding to global challenges in food, energy, environment and water: risks and options assessment for decision-making

We analyse the threats of global environmental change, as they relate to food security. First, we review three discourses: (i) ‘sustainable...

Nongovernmental organizations and influence on global public policy

Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) were once considered as altruistic groups which aim was to impartially influence public policy with no vested...

Prosperity, sustainability and the measurement of wealth

Gross domestic product (GDP) and household income measures provide invaluable metrics of economic activity in an economy, but they tell us little about...

Using signal processing diagnostics to improve public sector evaluations

False positive test results that overstate intervention impacts can distort and constrain the capability to learn and adapt in governance, and are...

Expanded social protection may do more harm than good: a pessimistic review

There is growing interest in expanded social protection programs, even for the poorest countries. Technology now allows cash transfers to be delivered to...

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