During our three weeks holiday in the UK, Ramesh Thakur has been guest editor for Pearls & Irritations. Susie and I greatly appreciate his contribution.
In considering the future of Pearls & Irritations, we may find that guest editorship provides a possible way forward. Guest editorship provides a means of continuing the broad direction of Pearls & Irritations as well as providing an opportunity for guest editors to draw on their own unique background and experience.
Ramesh Thakur is currently Professor Emeritus at the ANU in the Crawford School of Public Policy. He was formerly the Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in the Crawford School. Educated in India and Canada, he was the Professor of International Relations at the University of Otago in New Zealand. From 1998-2007 he was Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations.
Many thanks to Ramesh and also to Ian McAuley who assisted on the sidelines.