Today we look at some very sensible independent thinking by New Zealand, consider some surprising information about China and economic reforms, update the Afghanistan situation and lament slow progress in ditching outmoded military mindsets.
Western democracies should be leading the way on global solidarity, cooperation on global problems and security thinking that is dedicated to peace, human well-being and environmental sustainability.
It is time for Biden to demonstrate his commitment to reducing, not exacerbating, nuclear tensions. And it is time for Canada to rejuvenate past efforts to strengthen the institutional framework of the NPT, so that it might better respond to current and emerging nuclear risks.
To help prepare the way for an urgently-needed fundamental reimagining of Canada’s role in building a genuinely global security architecture, our government needs to begin all-party and civil society ‘virtual’ consultations on the establishment of a Canadian International Centre for Peace, Order and Good Government.
It is time to align our scientific, economic, diplomatic and political resources to address the health, climate and nuclear dangers that threaten us all.
We call on the Government of Canada to hold consultations with civil society on a new independent centre for international peace and security. It is urgently needed to counter think tank policy advice backed by defence industry funding.