Ramesh Thakur

Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University

Ramesh Thakur is Professor and Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. He was Vice Rector and Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations) from 1998 to 2007. Educated in India and Canada, he was a Commissioner and one of the principal authors of The Responsibility to Protect (2001), Senior Adviser on Reforms and Principal Writer of the UN Secretary-General’s second reform report (2002). He was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo between 2007 and 2011, 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, 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. He is Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance.


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