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Scottish Independence and International Organizations – by Richard Woodward and Michael Davies

April 14, 2014

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Edinburgh

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Last month, the debate about an independent Scotland’s relationship with the EU spluttered back to life when a group of financiers observed that staying in the UK posed the biggest threat to Scottish EU membership. Given the EU’s growing intrusion into the everyday lives of European citizens and the importance of unimpeded access to the Single Market to the economic prospects of a newly independent Scotland, the fixation with prospective Scottish membership is understandable. Nevertheless, the almost exclusive focus on the EU has deflected attention from Scotland’s potential relationship with other international organisations and the problems membership of these organisations might pose both to Scotland and the remainder of the UK (RUK). 
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The UN Funds, Programmes and Semi-autonomous Agencies: a glass half full? – by Richard Woodward and Michael Davies

October 24, 2013

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United Nations logo

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Today, if the United Nations General Assembly had its way, you would be on vacation. In 1971, the Assembly adopted Resolution 2782 recommending that 24th October, celebrated since 1948 as UN Day to mark the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter, should be observed as a public holiday by all member states.

A cursory online survey of national public holidays however, suggests that few, if any, of us will have cause to thank the UN for the opportunity to put our feet up. That UN Day is widely ignored could be interpreted as evidence that there is little worth celebrating. […]

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