Global studies and the New Zealand Centre: meaning and potential
Keywords:United Nations Charter, global think-tanks, Global Policy Studies, New Zealand Centre for Global Studies
Things change with the passage of time. In the late decades of the 20th century, international relations were naturally founded on 20th-century thought – the nation state as dominant actor; sovereign equality as central principle; international organisation as neutral arena; politicalmilitary strategy as guarantor of peace and security; selfdetermination, economic and social development and human rights as emerging norms. The United Nations Charter was the lodestar, despite the paralysis of the Cold War. The challenge was to make the charter work politically.
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