Chris Hamer (Australia) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
Civil Society and Global Security
In our Reboot Dialogue #1 Chris Hamer talked about the challenges democracy faces from a rising tide of autocracy and argued that the formation of a World Security Community of democratic nations would be a logical and forward-looking response. Russia’s war of aggression and China’s positioning and response to it have added new impetus to his line of reasoning.
In this Reboot Dialogue we return to the idea of a democratically governed World Security Community and explore what role global civil society organisations might play to bring about such a development.
More information about Chris Hamer and his work is available here.
John Davenport (USA) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
Strengthening Democracy, Domestically and Globally
John Davenport is on a mission to save liberal democracy in the US and globally; and has recently published influential op-eds on fixing US elections, how just war theory supports fighting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and recent initiatives calling for a global alliance of democracies.
In this Reboot Interview John talks about concrete measures we could be, indeed should be putting in place to stabilise American and strengthen global democracy. These include specific amendments to the US Constitution as well as the establishment of a ‘D10plus’, a group of leading democracies (that would include South Korea, Australia and India, plus possibly one or to others) along the lines of the G7/20, but without the authoritarian regimes that currently undermine our democracies everywhere.
More information about John Davenport and his work is available here.
Roberto Castaldi (Italy) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
On the Future of Europe:
The Scope and Scale of Further Integration in the Near Term
In our Reboot Dialogue #3 Roberto Castaldi argued that for the EU to prosper in the long term, it needs to abolish the principle of unanimity and become a fully-fledged federation. The Conference on the Future of Europe, which he believes supports his arguments and which is currently in session, draws to a close in May.
In this Reboot Dialogue Roberto will reflect on the outcomes of this conference to assess the potential scope and scale of further European integration in the near term. Europe’s changing geopolitical landscape will provide the backdrop.
More information about Roberto Castaldi and his work is available here.
Delton Chen (Australia) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
How a Tool Featured in a Science-Fiction Novel Might Change the World
The Global Carbon Reward Initiative (GCR) is a new international climate policy that is designed to meet the 1.5-2.0°C goal of the Paris Agreement by incentivising rapid reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the removal of GHGs from the atmosphere. The GCR avoids carbon offsetting, and it offers a political solution to the free-rider problem. The economic tool of the GCR is called a "carbon currency", and this tool is featured in a science-fiction novel about climate change, called The Ministry for the Future. Delton Chen is the founder of GCR and reflects on his journey thus far.
Correction: The Ministry for the Future did not inspire Delton Chen to develop the Global Carbon Reward (GCR) policy. It was the other way around. The GCR policy inspired Robinson to include the carbon coin idea in his novel.
More information about Delton Chen and his work is available here.