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Can South Korea become a global pivotal state?
Can South Korea become a global pivotal state?
“South Korea should no longer be confined to the Korean Peninsula but rise to the challenge of being what I have described as a ‘global pivotal state’, one that advances freedom,…
By default not design: the end of the asylum consensus
By default not design: the end of the asylum consensus
During a summer break, The Interpreter will feature selected articles each day from throughout the past year. Normal publishing will resume 15 January, 2024. This article first…
Down or out: The future of fossil fuels at COP28
Down or out: The future of fossil fuels at COP28
Asking the CEO of one of the world’s largest oil companies to broker a global agreement to phase out fossil fuels was always going to be a long shot, but as the scheduled final…
Half time at COP28: Reflections from Dubai
Half time at COP28: Reflections from Dubai
The daily commute on Dubai’s metro during this year’s UN climate summit (COP28) offers a strange juxtaposition. There is the expected picture for a climate conference: e-car ads,…
Does the world have any energy left to cope with another war?
Does the world have any energy left to cope with another war?
It is not often that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) gets involved in a national referendum, but that is exactly what recently occurred when South American country Guyana…
Indonesia ratifies nuclear weapons ban treaty. Australia should too.
Indonesia ratifies nuclear weapons ban treaty. Australia should too.
Indonesia’s parliament last month agreed to ratify the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). This is an important political development, and it…
Learning to live in a world without progress
Learning to live in a world without progress
It’s hard not to like Steven Pinker. I’ve never met the celebrated cognitive psychologist and public intellectual, but he’s managed to cheer me up on occasion. Even though that’s…
Inside the tangled negotiations for a global plastic treaty
Inside the tangled negotiations for a global plastic treaty
The United Nations is one year away from adopting a landmark treaty limiting plastic production – but countries disagree on how ambitious it should be. A few days ago,…
Global Goal on Adaptation: Shaping a new framework at COP28
Global Goal on Adaptation: Shaping a new framework at COP28
The annual UN climate talks, known this year as COP28, are just around the corner. A key item on the agenda will be setting a framework in support of the Global Goal on Adaptation…
Making space arms control work
Making space arms control work
Military operations and warfare on land, at sea, in the air and even in cyberspace are highly dependent on space technologies. Since the 1960s, satellites have been a key part of…