Time to relocate? Making the UN and global agencies fit to deal with the future

Time to relocate? Making global institutions resilient to pressure and fit for the future The record of the past week following the inauguration of the new President of the USA shows how big the risk is of keeping the UN headquarters and that of the IMF and World Bank so firmly in the USA.  Donald… Read More »

Deals of exclusion – dark prospects for reducing global inequality

The closer Donald Trump’s inauguration comes, the more fired up the language of all those asking for a global economy based on bilateral deals between the most privileged nations seems to become. There is no glossing over the problematic impact of an unfettered globalisation, dominated by those with the greatest bargaining power and to the… Read More »

Britain exiting the Union … and moving towards it

One of the paradoxes of the narrow vote by people in the UK to ask for a BREXIT is that in fact the worst (and again unfounded) fears of those arguing to leave the European Union may come true. Unless the resolution is cathartic by way of a separation of Scotland (and possibly other parts… Read More »

BREXIT – a vision with benefits for the few who can cope

Most important decisions taken at popular level about political direction are about the image of a future we want, rather than a secure prediction about what it will be like. This is why, unless there is major discontent on the economic front, perspectives on issues that speak to emotions such as safety and security, justice… Read More »

World Humanitarian Summit – Shifting power or shifting money?

One can be forgiven for losing track for how many times since the 2nd World War a period has been described ‘ as the worst refugee crisis’ to date. We are again in one of these periods. UNHCR estimates that close to 100 million people are currently displaced due to man made disasters, in and… Read More »