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Academic Year 2018-2019


Friday, May 3, 2019
6:30 – 8:00
Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva

Democracy and Disorder: Political Unpredictability in a Global Age
Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy

The world is witnessing the decline and disenchantment with democracy, and the rise of new forms of authoritarianism and illiberal regimes across the globe. What can we learn about the politics of illiberalism from across both East and West, and North and South, in a time of increasing political unpredictability? This public plenary puts these traditions in conversation to draw out global and comparative insights on illiberal regimes, examining, for example, how democratic institutions are leveraged, manipulated, and decoupled from arbitrary power. These questions are increasingly pressing in an age of global integration and the reconfiguration of the nation-state.


Human Rights in North Korea

April 19, 2019
Cheryl A. Chase Center, Carmichael Hall
Tufts University
200 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155

The North Korea working group at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy presents “Human Rights in North Korea” to examine North Korea’s human security issues in order to raise concern and support for justice, human freedom, and peace in North Korea.  Hear first-hand testimonies of the speakers experiences in North Korea to expand the spectrum of knowledge and understanding of peace with a human security approach.  

Lindsay Lloyd is the Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, where he manages original research and programmatic efforts to advance freedom and democracy in the world. Lindsay currently leads the Bush Institute’s Freedom in North Korea project, which raises awareness of human rights violations in North Korea, proposes new policy solutions, and engages leaders to help improve the lives of the North Korean people.  

Joseph Kim was born in 1990 and grew up during the famine in North Korea. After his father died of starvation, he got separated from his mother and sister. Becoming homeless, he lived on the streets and began begging to survive in black markets of North Korea. He eventually escaped to China, where he connected with an international NGO called Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), who helped him on his journey to freedom, resettling in the United States in 2007 as a refugee.


February 1, 2019
MIT Seminar XXI
National Economies & Transnational Factors in a Globalized World
Speakers: Rawi Abdelal, Sarah Chayes, Alex de Waal, Kimberly Elliott, Josef Joffe, Andrew Natsios, Kenneth Oye, Adam Segal, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Edward You


December 11, 2018
Accountability for Mass Starvation
15.00 – 17.00
Humanity House
Prinsegracht 8
2512 GA The Hague
Speakers: Alex de Waal, Wayne Jordash (GRC), Catriona Murdoch (GRC), Ali Aljasem (Damaan Humanitarian Organization ) and Federica D’Alessandra (Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security at the Blavatnik School of Government’s Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict).

December 6, 2018
Mass starvation: tackling the political causes of famine
18:30 – 19:30 GMT
Public event
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
203 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NJ


November 21, 2018
Durham Castle Lecture Series – Prof. Alex de Waal
The Reckless Anthropocene
8:00pm-to 9:30pm
Great Hall, Durham Castle
Durham University
Durham, United Kingdom
November 19, 2018
The Future of Famine
5:30 -7:00pm
Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS
Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research (SCSR)
University of Sussex

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