On the Record: UN 2030

In the report UN 2030: Rebuilding Order in a Fragmenting World, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) President, Kevin Rudd, argues that the UN continues to matter in international affairs. The report makes the case that if the UN fails, falters, or fades away, it would fundamentally erode the stability of an already fragile global order. At the same time, Rudd contends, we tend to take the UN for granted, overlooking the reality that its continued existence is not inevitable. The UN, while not yet broken, is in trouble. The report concludes, however, that the UN is capable of reinventing itself. This requires not one-off reforms but a continual process of reinvention to ensure the institution is responding to the policy challenges of our time.


August 31, 2016 — In this op-ed, Kevin Rudd argues, “The UN is still important, but it needs to be reformed for a new age.


Media Coverage

September 2, 2016 — The Atlantic interviewed ASPI President Kevin Rudd for its story about the report.