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2007 Global Crises: Governance and Intervention

The War on Terrorism • Nuclear Proliferation • Complex Humanitarian Emergencies • Pandemics • Information • Technology and the Internet • Failed States • Illicit Trade • Environmental Challenges • Human Rights • Poverty

How are such extraordinary global, transnational and cross-border issues stressing and challenging traditional sovereignty? What progress is feasible in the search for international mechanisms to contend with them? What role will institutions of global governance, such as the United Nations, the International Financial Institutions, and the International Criminal Court, play? Is there a paradigm shift in the making? Is the traditional state structure capable of coping with the security challenges of the 21st century?

This course will examine the severe deterioration in numerous conflict situations, from the confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon to the failing truce in Darfur; from the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan to North Korea’s missile firings; from the Mumbai bombings to sectarian violence in Iraq; from the impending violence in Somalia to the failure of the ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

Included among the broad range of issues you will study are the successes and failures of the United Nations Security Council; the challenges to the European Union and other global regional governance concepts; the privatization of war and the militarization of humanitarian space; the global threat of avian flu and other pandemics; proliferating refugee flows; the enigma of third state actors, from the FARC to Hezbollah; the accountability of multinational corporations; the meaning of “global commons”; transnational justice; the impact and consequences of the Kyoto Treaty; poverty reduction and debt relief; the challenges of nuclear proliferation and the future of the NPT; the successes and failures of international aid; the impact of such diverse and meaningful bodies and organizations as the UNHCR, the IRC, Amnesty International and Transparency International; and even the challenge of the regulation of genomics and its impact on human evolution.

This multidisciplinary colloquium will draw upon the expertise of distinguished scholars, government and military officials, international law experts, United Nations officials, international security analysts, public health officials, engineers, global bankers, business executives, journalists, NGO officers, peace keepers, activists, and long range scenario policy planners.

Ultimately governance and power are inextricably linked. What is the location of power, of control, of legitimacy in our global world? Who rules? And for whose benefit? What is the meaning of citizenship or civil society in such a world? Where does ultimate authority reside?

Colloquium Lecturers and Advisers include:

James Dewar, Director, RAND Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition; Frederick S. Pardee Professor of Long-Term Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School; Juan Enriquez, Chairman and CEO, Biotechonomy LLC; Author, As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth; Ricardo Hausmann, Director, Center for International Development, and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, Kennedy School of Government; Former Chief Economist, Inter-American Development Bank; Pamela Merchant, Director, Center on Justice and Accountability; Craig N. Murphy, Professor of International Relations, Wellesley College; Founding Editor, Global Governance; Andrew Savitz, Partner, Sustainability Services Group, Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Author, The Triple Bottom Line: How Today’s Best-Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success -- and How You Can Too; Philippe Sands, Professor of Law and Director, Centre on International Courts and Tribunals, University College, London; Author, Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules

Tufts Lecturers and Advisers include:

Astier Almedom, Luce Professor of Science and Humanitarianism • Edith Balbach, Community Health • Antonia Chayes, The Fletcher School • David Dapice, Economics • Michael Glennon, The Fletcher School • Neva Goodwin, Global Development and Environment Institute • Jeffrey Griffiths, School of Medicine • David Gute, Civil Engineering • Alan Hendrickson, The Fletcher School • Steve Hirsch, Classics • Bruce Hitchner, Classics • Ian Johnstone, The Fletcher School • Erin Kelly, Philosophy • William Moomaw, The Fletcher School • Malik Mufti, Political Science • Jeswald Salacuse, The Fletcher School • Tony Smith, Political Science • Jeffrey Taliaferro, Political Science • Peter Winn, History

Required and Recommended Texts over TWO semesters, include:

The World’s Banker: A Story of Failed States, Financial Crisis, and the Wealth Poverty of Nations, Sebastian Mallaby • Power in Global Governance, edited by Michael Barnett and Raymond Duvall • Global Governance and Public Accountability, David Held and Mathias Koenig-Archibugi • The Purpose of Intervention: Changing Beliefs About the Use of Force, Martha Finnemore • Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy, Moises Naim • Making States Work: The Failure and the Crisis of Government, edited by Simon Chesterman et al • The Politics of Global Governance: International Organizations in an Interdependent World, ed. Paul Diehl

Institute Scholars and Practitioners in Residence (INSPIRE):

Sanjoy Hazarika, Former Award-winning Correspondent, The New York Times; Member, India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) Review Committee, and the National Council of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR); James Rosenau, University Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University; Author, The Study of World Politics and Distant Proximities: Dynamics Beyond Globalization. Professor Rosenau’s lectures will be co-sponsored by the International Relations Program. Noel Twagiramungu, Fletcher PhD candidate; Visiting Fellow, W.E. DuBois Institute, Harvard University; former Member, Rwandan Presidential Council of Advisers on Human Rights and Justice; former Executive Director, League of Human Rights in the Great Lakes Region; former Coordinator, Documentation Centre on Genocide Trials in Rwanda.