Ramesh Thakur

Ramesh Thakur is Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; adjunct professor, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University, and editor-in-chief of Global Governance from Jan. 1, 2013. He began writing for The Japan Times in 1998 as Vice Rector of the United Nations University.

For Ramesh Thakur's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 25, 2014

MH17: condemn but learn

It is not acceptable to respond to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, and to similar incidents, through the lens of either a friend or a foe. We need credible and prompt international investigations.

Jul 22, 2014

Geopolitics trumps economics

Western countries' insensitivity toward others' voices, values and interests lies behind the creation and evolution of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), whose New Development Bank will give priority to loans for developing countries to finance infrastructure projects and industrialization.

Jul 3, 2014

China's reach for leverage

China's random and sporadic acts of provocations over territorial disputes seem to fail to intimidate its opponents in the Asia-Pacific region, but each push and probe tests retaliatory assets and calls into question the U.S. capacity, and will, to come to the aid of ...

Jun 29, 2014

Shamelessness of neocons

How do we impress on U.S. neocons-cum-chickenhawks — and their Australian-British fellow-travelers — the enormous disparity between the vision dreamed for Iraq, the goals pursued, the means used and the results obtained?

Jun 11, 2014

U.S. foreign policy marked by blatant hypocrisy

It is a truth universally acknowledged that behavior by others inconsistent with social norms is condemned as hypocrisy but similar discrepancies in our own conduct is rationalized as understandable prioritization in the face of multiple goals. When the military deposed Egypt’s first freely elected ...

Jun 6, 2014

U.S.-Taliban deal raises six intertwined issues

What should have been a joyous American family reunion, a chance to welcome home an army sergeant held by the Taliban for five years and a photo-op for a beleaguered U.S. administration is instead morphing into multilayered debate about Barack Obama's common sense when ...

May 23, 2014

Modi's foreign policy agenda

When Shinzo Abe led his party to a landslide victory in Japan's 2012 general election, he broke from protocol by taking a congratulatory call from Narendra Modi, then a state leader in India. The mutual respect between the two strongly nationalist prime ministers could ...

May 19, 2014

Rise of aspirational India

The charismatic Narendra Modi will lead a majority government in India, as voters decisively repudiate the politics of dynasty, inheritance, entitlement, corruption and sycophancy.

Apr 20, 2014

India's status quo is riskier

The political party that proudly led India into independence has been reduced to a self-serving coterie of sycophants, courtiers and court jesters. Is the status quo more risky than the "Modi alternative" in the current election?