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Ramesh Thakur Op-Ed Contributions

China and India: uncertain bedfellows

Friday, May 7, 2010
The Daily Yomiuri
According to Pakistan`s ruling elite, the arch-rival is India. But India`s arch-rival is China. The simple distinction is critical for engagement with India. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited India in November and China in December, but not Pakistan. Analysts, too, need to switch their analytical frame from the India-Pakistan-U.S. subcontinental to the India-China-U.S. strategic triangle.

The reluctant giant

Monday, April 5, 2010
Ottawa Citizen
Even China doesn't know how it will play its unaccustomed role as world power. As the US struggles with an ailing economy and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, China is an increasingly important stakeholder in regional and global affairs. This is the second in a four-part series examining how the world will manage a shift in power and influence from west to east.

Toward a new world order

Monday, March 1, 2010
Ottawa Citizen (also appeared in The Windsor Star, Montreal Gazette, Leader-Post, Calgary Herald)
The West's bullying approach to developing nations won't work anymore -- global power is shifting to Asia. This is the first in a four-part series of articles examining how the world will manage a shift in power and influence from west to east.

Moral rebalance in global leadership much needed

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The Daily Yomiuri
From 1000-1800 A.D., Asia, Africa and Latin America--today's developing world--accounted for 65 percent to 75 percent of global population and income. Europe rode to world dominance through the Industrial Revolution, innovations in transport and communication, and colonialism, during which the developing countries suffered dramatic relative losses. According to Jawaharlal Nehru University's Deepak Nayyar, from 1870 to 1950, Asia's per capita income plummeted from one-half to one-tenth of West European levels. Since decolonization, Asia has been bouncing back in economic output, industrialization and trade.

Corrupt India still has a long way to go

Friday, January 8, 2010
Ottawa Citizen (also appeared in Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette, The Windsor Star and Leader Post)
India’s remarkable rise in recent years notwithstanding, a controversy now roiling the country is a metaphor for the civic and institutional degeneration that continues to cloud its prospects to join the ranks of the developed democracies. It is a tale of impunity for the powerful that, by puncturing a hole in the much vaunted claim of the primacy of the rule of law in India, offers a cautionary corrective to the irrational exuberance about that country.

Pushing back from the brink

Monday, December 21, 2009
Ottawa Citizen (also appeared in Edmonton Journal, Leader-Post, The Windsor Star, Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette, The StarPhoenix, The Vancouver Sun)
In this decade, nuclear non-proliferation became the enemy of disarmament. The world needs to get back to the table

Realities of disarmament

Friday, December 18, 2009
The Japan Times
WATERLOO, Canada — The international commission on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, chaired by former foreign ministers Gareth Evans of Australia and Yoriko Kawaguchi of Japan, faced two hurdles even before its work was completed.

Rights under attack

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The Globe and Mail
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the central organizing principle of global human rights, transformed a noble aspiration into binding standards and a source of power and authority on behalf of victims. Now human rights are under threat on three fronts.

The growing threats to human rights

Saturday, December 5, 2009
The Hindu
In most cases, the gravest threats to the human rights of citizens emanate from states.

Responsibility to protect is universal

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The Daily Yomiuri
The challenge of humanitarian intervention in conflicts, as former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan originally framed it, saw a bitter divide split Western from developing countries. When the Canadian-sponsored independent international commission held a regional meeting in New Delhi in June 2001, only the protocol officer from the External Affairs Ministry attended the reception hosted by the Swiss ambassador. India's opposition was that strong.
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