As the UN’s ninth Secretary-General, Antonios Guterres, prepares to take up office on January 1 2017, he is being flooded with advice on repurposing the UN to respond to 21st century challenges. Women’s leadership and participation – and an institutional capacity to promote gender equality – has to be at the core of these proposals.
A global campaign to engage women around the world in conflict resolution called ‘Women’s Peace Tables’ is underway, with a view to building a significant global coalition of women peacemakers by 2020. A strategy session of conveners and advisors to this initiative was held at the NYU Center for Global Affairs on December 8th.
Shaken by the false promises of global neoliberal capitalism, the emergent precariat is a significant class of white Europeans living in constant fear of losing their positions of privilege.
A principle taught in international relations is that a rising power could threaten global stability. The example given is Germany prior to World War I and its rapid economic rise challenging England’s dominance. Following that model, if one were to believe Donald Trump’s anti-China rhetoric, a clash with China would seem inevitable.