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Pondering IR in Pokfulam

Debating international relations and human security @ HKU in Pokfulam, Hong Kong

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Excellent Climate Change Teaching Toollmcinhk

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 10:07:23 +0000

Best teaching tool I have seen on climate change in a while… check it out. I am going to Amazon to buy the book. Hat Tip: Dot Earth Advertisements

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Understanding Big Numberslmcinhk

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 11:06:56 +0000

Megan McArdle posted this great YouTube video, helping those of us with numerically challenged brains visualize some of these massive spending numbers we have been bombarded with of late.  Enjoy.

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Human Security = Enhanced Collective Capacity = State Interestlmcinhk

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 10:38:21 +0000

I was reminded of our many discussions about why it is in a state’s self interest to adhere to the human security road map when reading this blog post by Dan Drezner discussing the role of global governance in responding to the Swine Flu outbreak.  In it, he quotes John Ikenberry’s defense of the need […]

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An Eye-Opening “Landmine” Visit to the DMZpfpolidori

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 11:48:29 +0000

Dear Fellow Human Security Classmates — I recently took advantaged of my Hong Kong address to jump on a plane and visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.  Our fellow Human Security student David Cafferty calls it -and not without reason- “the Disneyland of IR”. Indeed, I bought more souvenirs there than […]

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China & UN Peacekeepinglmcinhk

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 20:26:10 +0000

The International Crisis Group just published this report on China’s expanding role in UN peacekeeping operations. Demand for blue helmets far outpaces supply, and shows no sign of abating. Concurrent to the sharp increase in peacekeeping missions since the end of the Cold War, Western countries have been withdrawing or reducing their commitments. While continuing […]

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Global warming prevention in South Korea and Mexico: too little, too late?jenna1775

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 15:53:05 +0000

Global warming is mostly due to human-induced actions and it’s been going on for about 1300 years now. At this point, it’s more than the extinction of species and low quality crops, it’s accompanying national tension over water supply and serious health-related impacts. Are the words prevention or mitigation too late to be used at […]

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2000w per person. Can we do it? Do we want to do it?lmcinhk

Sat, 11 Apr 2009 11:54:08 +0000

Dot Earth had a good post recently about one US family’s quest to reduce their energy consumption by 80% (to around 2000 watts per person), without radically decreasing their standard of living. A 2000 watt target (based on a Swiss target called the 2,000 Watt Society) would mean that their energy output would equal the […]

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Human Security: Noble but Flawedtifflam

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 02:48:42 +0000

The human security model, while noble in aim, remains fundamentally flawed in definition and implementation. Supporters claim that its “cultivated ambiguity” allows human security actors to overlook individual disagreements and will bring more participants onto the bandwagon of a particular human security threat, as was seen with the Ottawa Convention’s ban against landmines. Moreover, they […]

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Tackling global terrorism requires abandoning full blown military approachespmohtadi

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 12:47:06 +0000

On September the 11th 2001, the world was issued a wake-up call to the lingering threat of global terrorism. The symbolic attacks on the world’s greatest power’s core institutions of finance and military highlighted the vulnerability of the even the strongest nation to this emerging form of violence. Subsequent attacks on Bali, Casablanca, Madrid and […]

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