Reaching Out to the World: Translations of and Study Guides for a Seminal Work on UN Reform

Posted: 23 April 2017Joseph E. Schwartzberg In this essay, Joseph Schwartzberg, Distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, comments on the argument of, responses to, and a newly released study guide relating to his seminal text, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World.   Introduction:On 23 September 2015 the World Government Research Network posted on its website […]

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The European Union as an Unaccomplished Form of Statehood at the International Level

Posted: 15 March 2017Lucio Levi  Lucio Levi is a professor of Political Science and Comparative Politics at the University of Turin, and was the President of the European Federalist Movement from 2009-2015. He is the editor of The Federalist Debate and the scientific director of the International Democracy Watch   If decisions that are taken at international level must be […]

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June 1940 vs. June 2016: Putting UK Relations with the EU in Historical Perspective

Posted: 16 January 2017 Andrea BoscoJean Monnet Professor, History and Theory of European Integration, University of FlorenceIn this essay, Professor Bosco presents the early efforts of UK politicians to involve their country in the European integration process as a contrast to more recent UK activities — most notably Brexit — which have sought to establish barriers between the British people […]

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Toward Global Political Integration: Time for a World Parliamentary Assembly

Posted: 6 September 2016 Andreas Bummel Co-founder and global coordinator of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary AssemblyThis essay is an edited version of the presentation which Bummel gave to the World Goverrnment Research Network’s inaugural conference in Brisbane, Australia in June 2016.It was originally published under Creative Commons license, at: ​http://greattransition.org/publication/toward-global-political-integration​ The existing system of international law and intergovernmental […]

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Report to World Federalists on the Inaugural Conference of the Post-Cold War Movement for World Government

Posted: 30 August 2016 ​Joseph P. BarattaWorcester State University ​The following is Professor Baratta’s summation of the World Government Research Network’s inaugural conference in Brisbane, Australia in June 2016. ​​Consider the titles of books and leading articles in international relations written since Alexander Wendt, “Why a World State Is Inevitable,” European Journal of International Relations, 9 (2003): 491-542:​​Cabrera, Luis. Political […]

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Cautious Optimism or Counterproductive Complacency? A Reply to Gen. David Petraeus on the Future of North American Integration

Posted: 9 December 2015Iván Farías Pelcastre, University of Southern California ​​This essay is a response to the comments made by Gen. (retired) David Petraeus in the context of the interview which was conducted by The World Orders Forum.  General Petraeus’ interview raises important and controversial points on the present and future of North American integration. It is very significant that […]

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Concepts for the Restructuring of the United Nations System

3 November 2015Klaus Hüfner, Free University of Berlin (ret.)   This is a translation of the paper presented by Dr. Klaus Hüfnerat at the Potdamer UNO-Konferenz 2014 of the Forschungskreis Vereinte Nationen, on 28 June 2014 at the Universität Potdam. Introduction The year 2015 is a significant one for the United Nations. On the one hand, it is the organization’s 70th anniversary […]

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The Cautious Optimist: An Interview with David Petraeus

Posted: 27 October 2015James Thompson, Hiram College  General (Ret.) David Petraeus is the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, as well as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macauley Honors College, and a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California.  During his military career his postings included the command of coalition forces in Iraq, the command […]

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How Do We Get There From Here?

Posted: 22 October 2015Chris Hamer, University of New South Wales  Abstract: Possible routes to a world government are discussed. Reform of the United Nations has always been stymied by the difficulty in amending the UN Charter. We argue that a more likely route is that of ‘uniting the democracies’, beginning with a community of democracies on the European model. A […]

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