Global Outlook

Curated expert opinion on intractable contemporary issues

Navigating Climate-Related Mobility and Human Security in the Pacific Islands

By Tim Westbury  |  08 July, 2022

The Pacific Islands security narrative is often dominated by voices and interests from outside of the region. At the recent Shangri-La Dialogue, among the hype surrounding geo-strategic competition in the Pacific, Fiji’s Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu said that the “single greatest threat to our very existence is ... human-induced, devastating climate change.”

The Nuclear Taboo is Key to Preventing Collapse of the Nuclear Order

By Rakesh Sood  |  06 July, 2022

The nuclear scenario today appears confusing. On one hand, the nuclear taboo has held, the NPT is a near universal treaty, and nuclear weapon stockpiles are a fourth of what they were at the height of the Cold War, and yet, on the other hand, there is a perception that nuclear risks are higher than before.

Cynicism Rears its Head in the War in Ukraine

By Chung-in Moon  |  05 July, 2022

In the space of just over four months, the Ukraine war has turned into an exhausting global conflict that has already left the West feeling increasingly fatigued.

War and Nuclear Weapons: Putting the Cart Before the Horse

By Joelien Pretorius  |  04 July, 2022

A ban is not an exercise in abstract morality, but involves questions of power, most importantly how people can amass discursive power to change the rules and operation of the international system to the extent that wars of aggression became “presumed against”.

Bridging Troubled Waters: Forging Cohesion in Divided Societies

By Chaiwat Satha-Anand  |  01 July, 2022

In an era of social tension and conflict, building bridges to foster cohesion has become critical. As the classic song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” reminds us, we should not ignore the troubled waters under the bridges that we are building.

Whither Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament After Ukraine? A Japanese Perspective

By Nobuyasu Abe  |  30 June, 2022

This is the text of a presentation made by Ambassador Nobuyasu Abe at a workshop hosted by Toda Peace Institute and Vienna Centre for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, at VCDNP on Friday 24 June 2022.

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.