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The Global Governance, Politics & Security Program is committed to hosting events that connect students to their peers, professors, alumni, and top academics and practitioners in the fields of global governance and global security. Below please find our events for the Academic Year 2014-15.

Upcoming Events

The Future of Cyber Security: A Coffee Chat with Ted Arthur

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | 3:30 - 5:30 pm | SIS 300

Mr. Arthur began his career in the United States Navy before there was a job rating or description for Cyber as a Cryptologic Technician. Working his way from network defense to offense, he helped build the first formal military cyber operations pipeline, eventually moving into the Special Warfare community, providing cutting edge Cyber and Information Operations support directly to the warfighter in combat missions. After a decade in the Navy, he moved into the civilian world, building Cyber Threat Analytics and Operations for the FBI, leading the Cybercom Fusion Operations cell and currently serves as a Subject Matter Expert at Novetta LLC and manages the Department of Energy's Office of the Chief Information Officer's Cyber Threat Analysis team. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Global Governance, Politics and Security Program and the United States Foreign Policy and National Security Program.

Book Dinner: Agency Change: Diplomatic Actions Beyond the State

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | SIS 331

Agency Change focuses on changes in diplomatic agency and on power, which is what makes actors in world politics relevant. It looks at the means of diplomatic action through the power of idea entrepreneurship, agenda setting, mobilizing, and gate keeping. Moving beyond standard concepts of "traditional" and "new" diplomacy, this study highlights the emergence of parallel diplomatic systems with separate aims: state actors who seek primarily to enhance their power, and non-state actors who work toward solving problems. Although both sides show tendencies to compete with each other for supremacy in diplomatic affairs, a more enduring, mutually beneficial solution would be for each to adopt compensatory positions to satisfy what their counterpart cannot. 

Dr. John Robert Kelley is assistant professor at the School of International Service at American University, and an associate at the London School of Economics IDEAS think tank. Prior to entering academia, he worked at the U.S. Department of State, where he served as program officer in the Office of Foreign Missions. 

Space for this event is limited and requires an RSVP. GGPS students, please check your email for a registration link starting March 3, 2015.

Book Dinner: Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Monday, April 13, 2015 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | SIS 331

The world is blowing up. Every day a new blaze seems to ignite: the bloody implosion of Iraq and Syria;the East-West standoff in Ukraine; abducted schoolgirls in northern Nigeria. Is there some thread tying these frightening international security crises together? In a riveting account that weaves history with fast-moving reportage and insider accounts from the Afghanistan war, Sarah Chayes identifies the unexpected link: corruption.

In Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, Chayes reveals that canonical political thinkers such as John Locke and Machiavelli, as well as the great medieval Islamic statesman Nizam al-Mulk, all named corruption as a threat to the realm. In a thrilling argument connecting the Protestant Reformation to the Arab Spring, Thieves of State presents a powerful new way to understand global extremism. And it makes a compelling case that we must confront corruption, for it is a cause—not a result—of global instability.

Sarah Chayes is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Formerly special adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, she is an expert in South Asia policy, kleptocracy and anticorruption, and civil-military relations. She is working on correlations between acute public corruption and the rise of militant extremism.

Space for this event is limited and requires an RSVP. GGPS students, please check your email for a registration link starting March 30, 2015.

Past Events

Book Launch: Robert Kelley's Agency Change: Diplomatic Action Beyond the State

GGPS Agency Change Robert Kelley
Thursday, January 22, 2015 | 12:00—2:00 pm | SIS 300

In Agency Change John Robert Kelley puts forth that modern diplomatic efforts derive not from states whose centuries-long power is loosening, but rather from a new breed of diplomats. Exit the diplomacy of institutions;enter the diplomacy of individuals competing for power. This Book Launch will also feature special guest, Matthew Wallin, Senior Research Analyst at the American Security Project. 

Books will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the International Communication and Global Governance, Politics and Security Programs.

GGPS Holiday Party

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm | GGPS Lounge (SIS 331)

GGPS students and faculty met together for a relaxing Holiday party to celebrate the end of the Fall semester. Food and drinks were served. 

Book Talk: Organizational Progeny

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:15 pm | SIS 300

In life, delegation is fundamental. But it is difficult, especially when attempted internationally, as in the long delegation chains to the United Nations family and other global governance structures. There, much hinges on the design of delegation relationships. What prompts another entity to fall in line - and if it does not, what can be done? For international organizations, the conventional answer is simple: when designing institutions, member-states endow themselves with stringent control mechanisms, such as monopolization of financing or vetoes over decision-making in the new body. But as Tana Johnson shows, the conventional answer is outdated. States rarely design international organizations alone. Instead, negotiations usually involve international bureaucrats employed in pre-existing organizations. To unveil these overlooked but pivotal players, Organizational Progeny uses new data on nearly 200 intergovernmental organizations and detailed accounts of the origins of prominent and diverse institutions, such as the World Food Program, United Nations Development Program and International Energy Agency.

Tana Johnson serves as a faculty advisor and instructor for Duke's Program on Global Policy and Governance, which places graduate students in internships in international governmental and non-governmental organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. She also has been an energy policy fellow through the Global Governance 2022 program, which consists of academics and practitioners from China, Germany, and the United States. Johnson's research and teaching focuses on governance, globalization, international organizations, energy/environmental policy, and U.S. foreign policy. She is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

Book Talk: The End of  American World Order

Amitav Acharya
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 11:00 - 2:00 pm | SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

Dr. Amitav Acharya's, Professor of International Relations in SIS discussed his book, The End of American World Order (Polity, 2014) and welcomed a book discussion with Distinguished Professor Miles Kahler and Professor and Program Director Randolph Persaud (Comparative and Regional Studies Program). Professor Acharya's book focuses on whether or not America itself is declining, the post-war liberal world order underpinned by US military, economic and ideological primacy and supported by global institutions serving its power and purpose, is coming to an end. He argues that the United States has lost the ability to shape world order after its own interests and image. As a result, the US will be one of a number of anchors including emerging powers, regional forces, and a concert of the old and new powers shaping a new world order. Rejecting labels such as multipolar, apolar, or G-Zero, Acharya likens the emerging system to a multiplex theatre, offering a choice of plots (ideas), directors (power), and action (leadership) under one roof. Finally, he reflects on the policies that the US, emerging powers and regional actors must pursue to promote stability in this decentered but interdependent, multiplex world.

Professor Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center. In addition to The End of American World Order (Polity, 2014), Professor Acharya is also the author of Whose Ideas Matter? (Cornell, 2009); Beyond Iraq: The Future of World Order (co-edited, World Scientific, 2011); Non-Western International Relations Theory (co-edited, Routledge, 2010); and The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell, 2011).

This Book Talk was co-sponsored by the Global Governance, Politics and Security Program (GGPS) and the Comparative Regional Studies Program (CRS).

Book Dinner: When Should State Secrets Stay Secret?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | GGPS Lounge (SIS 331)

Contrary to popular assumption, the development of stronger oversight mechanisms actually leads to greater secrecy, rather than the reverse. When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? examines modern trends in intelligence oversight development by focusing on how the mosaic of American oversight mechanisms combine to bolster an internal security system and thus increase the secrecy of the intelligence enterprise.Genevieve Lester uniquely examines how these oversight mechanisms have developed within all three branches of government, how they interact, and what types of historical pivot points have driven change among them. This book concludes with a discussion of a series of normative questions, suggestions to improve oversight mechanisms based on the analytical criteria laid out in the analysis, and includes a chapter on the internal workings of the CIA, to which a number of CIA officers contributed.

Genevieve Lester was recently the Visiting Assistant Professor in the Security Studies Program, Coordinator of Intelligence Studies, and Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University and is now at the University of California Center in Washington, DC and non-resident fellow at CSIS.

At this Book Dinner, Professor Lester discussed her upcoming book When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? Oversight, Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence (planned: Cambridge University Press, February 2015) with a small group of current graduate students from GGPS and MIS over dinner. This event was co-sponsered by the Global Governance, Politics and Security (GGPS) Program and the Master of International Service (MIS) Program.

War or Peace? U.S. Foreign Policy and the Iranian Nuclear Program

GGPS/CRS War or Peace Book Talk
Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm | SIS 300

Matthew Kroenig is Associate Professor and International Relations Field Chair in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He is the author of Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (2010), which received the International Studies Association's Best Book Award, Honorable Mention. His most recent volume, A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat (2014), has been called "the most thorough book-length examination of the issues involved in assessing the Iranian challenge."Professor Kroenig will discuss A Time to Attack and his recent research in a talk moderated by School of International Service professor Neil K. Shenai. This event is sponsored by the Comparative and Regional Studies Program, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, and Global Governance, Politics, and Security Program at American University. Copies of A Time to Attack will be available for purchase and signing by the author. 

RSVP at war-or-peace.eventbrite.com. This event is co-sponsered by the Comparative and Regional Studies Program, the Global Governance, Politics and Security Program and the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program.

Research Series: Accepting the Unacceptable: Lessons from West Germany’s Changing Border Politics

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm | SIS 260

Professor Boaz Atzili and Anne Kanel presented their working paper "Accepting the Unacceptable: Lessons from West Germany's Changing Border Politics" to SIS faculty members and PhD candidates at this GGPS Research Colloquium.

During the past two decades scholars have critically examined the political role of space and territory and advanced our understanding of borders with dynamic concepts based on identities and discourses. The literature, though, is divided between works that emphasize domestic politics and those that concentrate on international norms. We seek to bridge this gap by developing a general theoretical framework to understand domestic recognition, or lack thereof, of new borders that result from war losses. We use the case of West Germany post World War II, which went from non-recognition of its new eastern border to full recognition, to conceptualize the interaction between domestic politics and international norms. We find that when domestic border discourses and primary foreign policy goals of the political coalition both point to the same policy direction (acceptance or non-acceptance of the border) then such a policy is likely to be adopted by the leadership. If, on the other hand, foreign policy goals and dominant domestic border narratives differ, we are likely to see the political leadership determined to adhere to the policy status quo. In those periods of silence, however, change still takes place through a stronger influence and gradual internalization of international norms.

The Militarization of Policing in Comparative Perspective

GGPS Event: Militarization of Policing
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm
SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

Recent events in Ferguson, MO have sparked a national discussion about the militarization of policing and the legitimacy of the use of force against unarmed civilians. From Middle America to the heart of Asia, sophisticated military technology and weapons are being employed far from traditional battlefields by police forces. A panel of distinguished scholars will draw on their research investigating militarized policing in the Americas, Europe, South Asia and Southeast Asia to examine the implications of this trend on communities and their trust in the state.

Panelists included Prof. C. Christine Fair (Georgetown University), Prof. Carolyn Gallaher (School of International Service), Prof. Cathy Schneider (School of International Service) and Prof. Jessica Trisko-Darden (School of International Service). Introductory remarks were made by Dean James Goldgeier, School of International Service.

Book Talk: Domestic Politics and International Human Rights Tribunals

Courtney Hillebrecht
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 10:00 - 11:30am | SIS 300

Dr. Courtney Hillebrecht's new book, Domestic Politics and International Human Rights Tribunals: The Problem of Compliance (Cambridge 2014) aims to understand why countries comply with international human rights tribunals' rulings. These rulings often ask states to engage in politically costly reforms of their human rights policies and practices. Through analysis of a new dataset and case studies from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Russia, this book argues that states comply with the international tribunals' rulings under three main conditions: 1) when domestic actors, particularly executives, use the rulings as a galvanizing force for contentious human rights reform; 2) when executives need to signal a commitment to human rights to domestic and international audiences; and 3) when executives must uphold a longstanding commitment to human rights and the rule of law, even when it goes against their preferred policy outcomes.

Dr. Hillebrecht is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Her research on the domestic politics of human rights has appeared in a variety of outlets. Dr. Hillebrecht is currently working on a new book project on the deterrent effects of international criminal tribunals.