The following seminars are being sponsored or co-sponsored by the Ralph Bunche Institute.
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The Ralph Bunche Forum
Convened by Peter Romaniuk (firstname.lastname@example.org
), Assistant Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute and Associate Professor of Political Science at John Jay College, the Forum provides incisive analysis from speakers whose work spans the divide between academic analysis and institutional practice. Held monthly, the Forum focuses on issues that cut across the three pillars of the United Nations’ mandate – security, development, and human rights.
- Wednesday, 5 February: The Pretense of Protection: Powerful Democracies and the Politics of
Peace Operation Design
Andrea Everett (University of Georgia)
Featuring Bob Keohane as discussant
6pm; rm 9207
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- Thursday, 20 February: Humanitarian Business
Thomas G. Weiss (Presidential Professor of Political Science, CUNY
4:30pm; rm C201
Cosponsored by the Center for Global Ethics and Politics
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- Thursday, 27 March: The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror
Arun Kundnani (Former Fellow, Open Society Institute and Instructor,
New York University)
6pm; rm C202
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- Wednesday, 9 April: 60 Years of Atoms for Peace
Geoffrey Shaw (Representative of the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) to the UN)
6pm; rm C201
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- Wednesday, 7 May: Bridging community division? Grassroots approaches to integration in London
Harris Beider (Coventry University (UK) and Columbia University)
6pm; rm C197
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- Wednesday, 19 September: The Failure of the Mainstream Media to Cover the UN: Who’s to Blame?
Barbara Crossette (UN Correspondent, The Nation; former UN Bureau Chief, The New York Times; PassBlue)
6pm; rm 9207
- Tuesday, 1 October: The German Elections: Domestic and International Consequences
Ralf Fuecks (Heinrich Böll Foundation, Green Party, Germany)
7pm; rm 9207
- Monday, 7 October: Panel discussion on "Gender Justice in Large Development Organizations: Is Transformation Possible?"
Joanne Sandler (Gender at Work), Aruna Rao (Gender at Work), Shawna Wakefield (Oxfam), Pablo Castillo-Diaz (UN Women) and Letitia Anderson (UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict)
6pm; rm 9206
- Monday, 21 October: The Arms Trade Treaty: Will it Make a Difference?
Daniël Prins (UN Office for Disarmament Affairs)
6pm; rm 9205
- Monday, 4 November: Panel discussion on "The Crisis in Syria"
Featuring Simon Adams (Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect) and Mouaz Moustafa (Syrian Emergency Task Force)
6pm; rm 9204
- Monday, 2 December: Panel discussion on "Civil Liberties and National Security under the Obama Administration: Debating the Legacy"
Featuring Karen Greenberg (Fordham Law), Faiza Patel (Brennan Center, NYU) and Gabor Rona (Human Rights First)
6pm; rm 9204
- Wednesday, 30 January: Local and International Implications of the Criminalization of Islamic Charities: The Case of Zakat Committees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
Benoit Challand (NYU), Emanuel Schaeublin (University of Oxford) and Kay Guinane (Charity and Security Network, Washington, DC)
- Wednesday, 13 February: UN Peacekeeping in Africa: From Suez to Sudan
Adekeye Adebajo (Centre for Conflict Resolution, South Africa)
- Wednesday, 20 February: The Missing Peace: Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings
Chantal de Jonge Oudraat (SIPRI, North America) and
Kathleen Kuehnast (United States Institute of Peace)
- Monday, 18 March: If Nation-Building is Out, Can Peace-Building Be In?
Jeffrey Laurenti (The Century Foundation)
- Tuesday, 16 April: Labor Rights are Human Rights: Resisting Neoliberalism through International Labor Rights Norms
Susan Kang (John Jay College, CUNY) with Maggie Gray (Adelphi U.)
- Friday, 26 April: Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right: What the World Owes the Poor
Thomas Pogge (Yale University)
- Thursday, 9 May: Wrong Turn: America's Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency
Gian Gentile with Austin Long (Columbia University)
- Tuesday, 11 September: Humanity, Dignity and Rights in Traditional China
Dr. Jack Donnelly, Andrew Mellon Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
- Monday, 24 September: The Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council and the Human Rights Situation in Iran
Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
- Monday, 15 October: Information and Self-Enforcing Democracy: The Role of
International Election Observation
Dr. Susan D. Hyde, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Yale University
6.00 - 8.00 pm – Room C201
- Monday, 19 November: Norms of Protection: Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the Protection of Civilians
Prof. Charles Sampford, Director, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University,
Prof. Ramesh Thakur, Director, Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University,
Dr. Hugh Breakey, Research Fellow, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University,
Naomi Kikoler (Discussant), Director of Policy & Advocacy, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
- Wednesday, 5 December: The Necessity of New Forms of Revolutionary Change
Carne Ross , Founder and Executive Director, Independent Diplomat
Past speakers included included:
- Thursday, 16 February: Using Partnerships to Foster Transparency and Accountability
Amir Dossal, Global Partnerships Forum
- Tuesday, 27 March: Perspectives on Afghan Political Reconciliation
Daisaku Higashi, University of Tokyo
- Thursday, 10 May: Rio +20: Prospects for Global Environmental Governance
Carsten Staur, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN
- Martin Lees, Secretary General, Club of Rome
- S. Akbar Zaidi, Columbia University
- Geoffrey Shaw, Director, NY Office, International Atomic Energy Agency
- Emmanuel Teitelbaum, George Washington University
- Rama Mani, Councilor, World Future Council
- Nora McKeon, formerly UN FAO
- Natasha Yacoub, UNHCR
- Roland Paris, University of Ottawa
- David Donat Cattin, Parliamentarians for Global Action
- Peggy Hicks, Human Rights Watch
- Yvonne Terlingen, Amnesty International
- Adekeye Adebajo, Center for Conflict Resolution
- Peter Romaniuk, John Jay College, CUNY
Spring 2009, "Whither the Responsibility to Protect?"
- Roland Rich, UN Democracy Fund
- Anne Marie Goetz, UNIFEM
- Christophe Jaffrelot, CERI, Sciences-Po
- Randy Rydell, UN Office of Disarmament Affairs
Fall 2008, Globalizing India and the Multilateral Order
- Ramesh Thakur, Centre for International Governance Innovation
- Gareth Evans, International Crisis Group
- Lawrence Woocher, United States Institute of Peace
- Alex Bellamy, Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
- Conor Foley, author, The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War (2008)
Spring 2008 Political Alignments since 9/11 and Shock and Awe
- Manu Bhagavan, Hunter College, City University of New York
- Mira Kamdar, World Policy Institute
- Devesh Kapur, University of Pennsylvania
- Sanjay Reddy, Columbia University
- Vikram Doraiswami, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations
- John Echeverri-Gent, University of Virginia
The following lectures and conferences were sponsored or co-sponsored by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies in the past.
- H.E. Ambassador Alfredo Labbé, Permanent Mission of Chile to the United Nations
- Guiseppe Nesi, Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations
- Qi Qianjin, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations
- Alem Habtu, Queens College, City University of New York
- Benjamin Rivlin, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
- Sir Brian Urquhart
DANKWART A. RUSTOW MEMORIAL LECTURE
The Dankwart A. Rustow Memorial Lecture, named for the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Sociology, was presented annually between 1998 and 2007 by the Ralph Bunche Institute and The Graduate Center's Department of Political Science. This lecture commemorates Professor Rustow's range of interests and stimulates expert discussion in these subject areas.
Lectures were given by:
- 2007: Alvaro de Soto, "Inclusive Diplomacy and the Search for Middle East Peace"
- 2006: Gareth Evans, "A Rule-Based International Order: Illusory or Achievable?"
- 2005: Michael Walzer, "The Paradox of National Liberation"
- 2004: Mary Robinson, "Renewing the Commitment to Rule of Law and Human Rights: The Way Forward"
- 2003: The Honorable Suleyman Sami Demirel, "Turkey's Relations With It's Neighbors and the U.S. after the War in Iraq"
- 2002: Michael Ignatieff, "Human Rights and Terror"
- 2001: Richard J. Goldstone, "Justice of the Consitutional Court of South Africa"
- 2000: J.C. Hurewitz, "Ottoman Diplomacy and the European State System"
- 1999: Bernard Lewis, "Some Cultural Aspects of Westernization in the Middle East"
- 1998: Arthur Hertzberg, "A Dead Language Comes Alive Before 1917"
Oxford Conference Series
Two research conferences on topics of global importance were co-sponsored in New York by the Bunche Institute and the Centre for International Studies of the University of Oxford
. In May 2001, a group of distinguished practitioners and analysts gathered to focus on the inter-relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations in dealing with conflict in Africa. Among the conflicts studied in depth were those in West Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi.
In September 2002, virtually on the anniversary of the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, an international group of experts focused on the international political and legal aspects of the response to terrorism in a conference titled “Terrorism and the United Nations: Problems and Prospects.”
From the best papers presented at the meetings, two edited volumes were published:
Jane Boulden, ed., Dealing with Conflict in Africa: The United Nations and Regional Organizations
(New York: Palgrave, 2003).
Jane Boulden and Thomas G. Weiss, eds., Terrorism and the UN: Before and After September 11
(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004).
NEH Summer Institute: "Human Rights in Conflict"
The five-week NEH Summer Institute focused particularly on conflicts involving relationships between human rights and power, addressing how power and the diversity of human experience constitute conceptual and practical understandings of human rights as a contemporary discourse of freedom and equality. It considered both the contestable character of human rights and addressed the sources of these contests from philosophical, historical, legal, cultural, and political perspectives. Drawing from the
expertise of individual authorities on these aspects of human rights, channeling their perspectives towards a common subject, and involving the interests and projects of participants, the Institute fostered understanding of the strengths and limitations of human rights as an international language of political ethics, particularly in relation to democracy.
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