The world needs new ways to deal with the three big issues it faces in 2023, argues Professor Robert Patman.
“We are moving in to a new era in international relations,” the University of Otago international relations specialist told Global Insight.
“All of these problems — in the economy, conflict and climate — are too big for any one country to solve on their own.”
Prof Patman believes the world will have to develop trans-state institutions and processes for effective, co-ordinated, global responses.
“The question is, how quickly do we embrace it? Or do we do it in a grudging, piece-meal fashion?”
Prof Patman also addressed the likely effect of Japan’s enormous debt levels — which he described as a “time bomb”— on international affairs; the significance of an opinion shift by Western countries, more of whom now believe Ukraine can defeat Russia’s invasion; and, the growing pressure on rich countries to compensate poorer nations most affected by climate change.
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