Faculty&Research
Visiting Professor
Ramesh Thakur


Male, Educated in India and Canada

Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at Crawford School, Australian National University,

Co-Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN),

Vice Rector of United Nations University (Assistant Secretary-General of UN) (1998–2007)

Professor of International Relations at the University of Otago in New Zealand,

Professor and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University, Consultant/Adviser to the Australian and New Zealand Governments on arms control, disarmament and international security issues.

Commissioner and Principal Author of The Responsibility to Protect (2001),

Principal Writer of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s 2002 reform report.

Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo (2007–2011),

Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (2007–10)

Foundation Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario.

Author or editor of 50 books and 400 articles and book chapters,

Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance (2013-18).


Selected Publications:

Theorizing the Responsibility to Protect, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Nuclear Weapons and International Security, Routledge, 2015.

Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015, CNND, 2015.

Nuclear Politics, Sage, 2014.

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy, Oxford University Press, 2013.

The Group of Twenty (G20), Routledge, 2013.

The People vs. the State: Reflections on UN Authority, US Power and the Responsibility to Protect, United Nations University Press, 2011.

The Responsibility to Protect: Norms, Laws and the Use of Force in International Politics, Routledge, 2011.

Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey, Indiana University Press, 2010.

The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect, Cambridge University Press, 2006.