The Centre for International Governance Innovation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation

May 03, 2007 12:20 ET

CIGI's Ramesh Thakur Offers Expert Commentary on War in Iraq and Peacekeeping Operations in Two New Publications

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) - Ramesh Thakur, Distinguished Fellow at CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation) and former senior vice-rector of the United Nations University, releases two new publications that probe the current debate in international affairs: War in Our Time: Reflections on Iraq, Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction and Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations.

War in Our Time brings together a collection of Thakur's own opinion articles from a number of newspapers around the world, among them The Hindu, The Japan Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Globe and Mail. This latest publication by Thakur offers a well-considered analysis of the critical security issues surrounding the Iraq war, the war on terror and weapons of mass destruction. War in Our Time is garnering attention from some of the leading academics and practitioners in international affairs. Richard Falk from Princeton University comments that the publication "provides an invaluable resource that should be made required reading for leaders and citizens alike."

The second volume, Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations, edited by Chiyuki Aoi, Cedric de Coning and Ramesh Thakur, is one of the first attempts to improve understanding of the unplanned impacts of peacekeeping operations by drawing together in-depth academic study and first-hand accounts from the field. By profiling the experiences of the host country and troop-contributing countries, the contributing authors expose the often unseen face of peacekeeping that can involve corruption, sexual abuse and exploitation, and the creation of a shadow economy. Taken together, the chapters in this volume offer penetrating insights into peacekeeping operations and aim to point to ways to improve the planning and management of peacekeeping operations.

These two new books add to the long list of over thirty publications Ramesh Thakur has authored or edited, as well as 300 articles and book chapters. Both publications are available through United Nations University Press: War in Our Time: Reflections on Iraq, Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction, ISBN 978-92-808-1145-2; Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations, ISBN 978-92-808-1142-1.

About CIGI

CIGI, located in Waterloo, Ontario, is a not-for-profit, non-partisan think tank founded in 2002 that conducts research and advises on issues of international governance. CIGI builds ideas for global change through research, conferences and publications working with government leaders, public officials, civil society, academics, opinion leaders, the media and the interested public. CIGI is pleased to acknowledge the contribution of the Government of Canada to its endowment fund. CIGI's IGLOOTM (International Governance Leaders and Organizations Online) is an online network that facilitates knowledge exchange between individuals and organizations studying, working or advising on global issues, a project financially supported by Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation. Visit www.cigionline.org or www.igloo.org.

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