Cascades of crises: great power collaboration in prevention

Event details

Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 23 July 2019
12.30pm–1.30pm

Venue

Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building #8, ANU
ANU Canberra

Speaker

John Braithwaite

Contacts

School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

The greatest danger to the US, China and Russia is not each other; it is crises enabled by failures to collaborate with each other to counter threats from third sources. Climate crises, economic crises, and security crises from third sources (for example accidental nuclear exchanges between Pakistan and India, North and South Korea/Japan, Israel and Iran, and others) are the big three threats to the survival of our grandchildren.

These crisis risks are increasingly interrelated. Economic crises increase risks of war and climate crises. Nuclear war threatens bigger climate risks than carbon. Climate crises threaten war, economic crises and crisis-responsive loops of populist authoritarianism.

The best way to prevent tomorrow’s crises of all three kinds is to prevent today’s crises of all three kinds. And the best way to do that is to start with great power collaboration on renewables R & D, the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and caution over beggar-thy-neighbour economics that can threaten the next global recession. Conditions for that preventive collaboration are not propitious.

10 points are advanced on how global civil society might respond.

About the speaker

John Braithwaite is a RegNet Founder and a scholar of peacebuilding, and economic and environmental regulation.

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet