World Archive

  • The Spring of Civilisation?

    By Ian Hackett This September, as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine (to name just a few countries, or not-quite countries, in or near the one-time cradle of civilisation) stubbornly refuse to find a way from chaos to anything worthy of the word, […]

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  • Is there an efficient solution to climate change?

    A recent book illustrates neatly the problem of how difficult climate change will be to solve, given that different countries have starkly different interests at stake.  “The burning question”, by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark, describes a number of the challenges that need to be […]

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  • Regulated global markets: an impossible dream? (13 June 2012)

    13 June 2012 5.30 for 6.00 pm – 8.00pm, followed by a reception National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place London SW1A 2HE Throughout this year, the Federal Trust, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Global Policy Institute are jointly organising a series of panel discussions on […]

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  • The next head of the World Bank

    The World Bank needs a new manager.  Robert Zoellick is leaving, so the search is on for a replacement.  Tradition has it that the role is always filled by an American (the Europeans have the IMF) but, as a surf of this website will reveal, […]

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  • States or citizens – the flag reveals all

    I wrote on this blog recently of the United Nations as having the weakness that it represents only states and not peoples.  Here is an example of the consequences of that weakness. The picture above right shows the UN flag outside the United Nations headquarters […]

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  • Is the time right for a new world order?

    The answer to the question in the title of this talk is of course, yes, the time is right, but I think you would like to hear a little more from me than that. I am here as chair of Federal Union which was founded […]

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  • The case for global democracy

    Based on a talk by Richard Laming at the OccupyLSX camp at St Paul’s Cathedral, 11 December 2011 Before talking about the issue of global democracy, I ought to say a few words about Federal Union and its interest in this issue. Federal Union was founded […]

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  • No globalisation without representation

    That the protestors outside St Paul’s cathedral are critical of global capitalism should not be surprise.  Doesn’t everybody object to the way in which what was effectively gambling in unregulated markets nearly brought down the financial system and has ground economic growth to a halt? […]

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  • Responsibility to Protect: a liberal approach?

    By Jonathan Fryer Introduction Ever since the Peace of Westphalia of 1648, which ended Europe’s Thirty Years War, the concept of the nation state and the principle of national sovereignty have together been central to international relations. Although first applied to a limited number of […]

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  • Introducing the World Federalist Movement (26 September 2011)

    26 September · 18:30 – 21:00 Upstairs at The Cheshire Cheese (NOT Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet St) 5, Little Essex Street Temple London WC2R 3LD – map here Einstein was right about the Theory of Relativity. Was he right about the need for […]

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