The UN Conference to Ban the Bomb: An Asia-Pacific Perspective

The UN Conference to Ban the Bomb: An Asia-Pacific Perspective
The UN Conference to Ban the Bomb: An Asia-Pacific Perspective

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Professor Ramesh Thakur

Professor Ramesh Thakur has recently been appointed as the new United Nations Association of Australia's Goodwill Ambassador for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. With negotiations under way for an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, Professor Thakur is well placed to discuss this critical issue.

Professor Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (CNND) in the Crawford School, The Australian National University and co-Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN). He was Vice Rector and Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations) from 1998–2007. Educated in India and Canada, he was a Professor of International Relations at the University of Otago in New Zealand and Professor and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University, during which time he was also a consultant/adviser to the Australian and New Zealand governments on arms control, disarmament and international security issues.

He was a Commissioner and one of the principal authors of The Responsibility to Protect (2001), and Senior Adviser on Reforms and Principal Writer of the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's second reform report (2002). He was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo (2007–11), Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (2007–10) and Foundation Director of the Balsillie School of International affairs in Waterloo, Ontario.

The author or editor of 50 books and 400 articles and book chapters, Prof. Thakur also writes regularly for several newspapers around the world and serves on the international advisory boards of institutes in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance (2013-18).

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