World Order

‘Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.

Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclaps rend the air;
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.

Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean’s a royal bed.
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head.

Many’s the lad fought on that day,
Well the claymore  could wield,
When the night came, silently lay
Dead on Culloden’s field.

Burned are their homes, exile and death
Scatter the loyal men;
Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath Charlie will come again.’

The Skye Boat Song

Introduction – Systems, foundations, evolution, and dynamics

John C Whitehead Lecture 2018: In Defence of Globalization:

Diplomatic law

Dispute settlement

Economic diplomacy and trade

Geopolitics – tectonic plates and dynamic forces



International law

Policy formulation and instruments


Sanctions and prosecution


The rule of law

Threats and opportunities: artificial intelligence, nuclear proliferation, space, and technology


Values and norms

Wisdom of statesmen and intellectuals