The Sympathetic Skeptic: An Interview with Richard Falk

Posted: 8 August 2015Luis Cabrera, Griffith University Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been a prominent and prolific voice in scholarship on international law and world order since the late 1950s, and more recently […]

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Can a World State Remove the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation? The Problem of Secessionism

Posted: 12 July 2015​Aleksandar Pavković, Macquarie University (A Comment on Cabrera’s ‘On World Government: Security, Democracy, Justice’) [1] In his book preview ‘On World Government: Security, Democracy, Justice’ Luis Cabrera (2015) identifies two problems, that of secessionism and of collective action, facing a world state constructed primarily as the most effective instrument for the removal of the threat of global […]

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Global Integration as an Antidote to Crisis

Posted: 12 July 2015 ​Cornelia Beyer, University of HullI agree with Alexander Wendt that a world state is inevitable in the long run. [1] But how long it will be to its realization, that is entirely another question. Alex mentioned to me in personal communication it would be maybe 200 years. That might be a sensible estimate, or it might […]

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New Thinking on an Old Dream: Federal World Government

Posted: 12 July 2015​James Yunker, Western Illinois University Abstract While it is clear that a federal world government would considerably reduce the threat of nuclear war and facilitate international action against various global problems such as runaway population growth and environmental degradation, the overwhelming majority of the contemporary world population believes that these advantages are outweighed by countervailing disadvantages, the […]

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Why a World State is Democratically Necessary

Posted: 2 July 2015Alexander Wendt, The Ohio State University  The following is the transcript of a presentation given by Alexander Wendt at Hiram College. For a response, see Timothy Burns’ essay in The World Orders Forum. Thank you Tyler for that very generous introduction, to James for inviting me, and to all of you for coming, and also to Tim […]

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Contributor Guidelines

The World Orders Forum is an online venue for academic exchange about issues relating to regional and global integration, and about global governance in general. Essays on all subjects relating to these topics are potentially acceptable for submission.  This includes essays based in the various sub-fields of international studies, and in political science more generally, as well as in other […]

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WGRN Update:

WGRN Newsletter, December 2015 End-of-year greetings to World Government Research Network members and Advisory Board members. It has been a fruitful first year for the network. WGRN launched in late spring 2015, with a web site, Twitter feed (@wgovtresearch) and a senior Advisory Board featuring an outstanding group of international scholars. Highlights from the past 8 months include: The publication of […]

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Step By Step: Andreas Bummel on the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly

Posted: 15 September 2015The Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (CUNPA) has gained remarkable support since its launch in 2007. It has been formally endorsed by more than 750 sitting parliamentarians, along with hundreds of former ones and nearly 400 nongovernmental organizations. The campaign, which seeks to create a consultative UN second chamber which could gradually evolve into a strongly […]

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