Global Outlook

Curated expert opinion on intractable contemporary issues

Civil Society, Climate Action, and the State in China

By Robert Mizo  |  24 June, 2022

Civil societies are key actors in the fight against climate change. They provide a fillip where state agencies and intergovernmental processes lag and have the potential to hold these actors accountable in the fight against climate change. The People’s Republic of China, despite all its trappings of being a communist authoritarian state, has allowed a considerable yet well-defined space for environmental civil society organisations, including those working on climate change.

Squaring the Circle

By Herbert Wulf  |  22 June, 2022

Immediately after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, all the governments of the EU and the European NATO countries reacted. Not only with support for Ukraine, but also by announcing an increase of their own military spending. There are some indications that not everything can actually be financed.

Interview with Ramesh Thakur on TPNW

By Shuichi Minami  |  20 June, 2022

On the eve of the First Meeting of States Parties of the TPNW, Seikyo Shimbun ran this interview with Toda Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Ramesh Thakur.

Climate Change Threatens First Nations – Their Perspectives Must Be Heard

By Karin Gerhardt, Jon Day, Larissa Hale and Scott F. Heron  |  13 June, 2022

Australia’s First Nations people face many threats from climate change, ranging from impacts on food availability to health. For instance, rising seas are already flooding islands in the Torres Strait with devastating consequences.

America’s Shaky Leadership Makes for Uneasy Global Order

By Chung-in Moon  |  02 June, 2022

It’s hard to shake the impression that the US has become a kind of “outsourcing hegemon” that relies on its friends and allies to handle big jobs in the international community because its own power is more limited than it once was.

Dark Clouds Over North Korea

By Herbert Wulf  |  18 May, 2022

In the shadow of the Ukraine war and far from international attention, three problematic developments can be observed in North Korea: COVID-19 infections are a cause for concern, the election of the South Korean president signals a hardening of the fronts and, encouraged by Russia's war in Ukraine, Kim Jong-un’s government continues to focus on the expansion of its nuclear capabilities. This gives rise to fears of nuclear proliferation in Asia.

The views and opinions expressed in Global Outlook are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Toda Peace Institute.