Ramesh Thakur was Vice Rector and Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations) from 1998–2007. Educated in India and Canada, he was a Professor of International Relations at the University of Otago in New Zealand and Professor and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University, during which time he was also a consultant/adviser to the Australian and New Zealand governments on arms control, disarmament and international security issues. He 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 Kofi Annan’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 50 books and 400 articles and book chapters, Ramesh Thakur also writes regularly for several newspapers around the world and serves on the international advisory boards of institutes in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance (2013-18).
International security, arms control, disarmament, responsibility to protect
The Trump Effect on the Global Nuclear Order , September 25, 2019
The collapse of the US-Russia INF Treaty makes arms control a global priority , February 7, 2019
Nuclear arms: A year of living dangerously , January 6, 2019
Towards a multilateral arrangement for controlling nuclear weapons , December 17, 2018
Farewell to Nuclear Arms Control? , October 25, 2018