29 April, 2011
Global Trends as a Challenge for Global Governance
||Friday, 29th April
||9.00 - 10.15 am (EST)
Conference Room C,
Temporary North Lawn Building,
United Nations Headquarters, New York
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The world is changing rapidly. The recent developments in the Arab world have altered the global political landscape, with inevitable consequences for global governance. The complexity of the issues involved and the speed with which events are unfolding makes it difficult for governments and organizations to know how to respond. How are multilateral institutions dealing with the economic, social, political and security challenges of the democratic transformation in the Arab World? Why was the international community not able to predict the transformations that are currently underway in North Africa and the Middle East? How can we foresee future developments in other regions of the world in the years ahead?
The seminar is part of the UNU Midday Forum Series, which offers an intimate and informal platform of discussion for the UN permanent missions, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, academia, NGOs and the private sector to exchange ideas on important topics related to the UN.
- Álvaro de Vasconcelos, Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies
- Luis Peral, Research Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies
Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York.
Álvaro de Vasconcelos has been the Director of the EU Institute for Security Studies since May 2007. Prior to this, he was the co-founder and head of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (IEEI) in Lisbon from 1981 to 2007, where he launched several networks including the Euro-Latin American Forum and EuroMeSCo. Over the past ten years, Dr. Vasconcelos has been involved in the coordination of EuroMeSCo, the 50-member strong Euro-Mediterranean network of foreign and security policy research centers which contributed to the first chapter of the Barcelona Process. He has served as special advisor to the Portuguese Government on defense and home affairs, and published extensively on European and International Politics. He is author and co-editor of many books, articles and reports, notably in the areas of EU foreign and security policy and on the world order. These include, Portugal: A European Story, La PESC: Ouvrir l'Europe au Monde, The European Union, Mercosur and the New World Order, and A European Strategy for the Mediterranean. He edited the Chaillot Paper, Partnerships for effective multilateralism - EU relations with Brazil, China, India and Russia, the EUISS Report The EU and the world in 2009 - European perspectives on the new American foreign policy agenda, edited and contributed in the EUISS Report The European Security Strategy 2003-2008 - Building on common interests and contributed in the EUISS Report Union for the Mediterranean - Building on the Barcelona acquis. He also contributed and edited the book What ambitions for European defence in 2020, the book The Obama Moment - European and American perspectives with Mr. Marcin Zaborowski and the book Quelle défense européenne en 2020?, with a preface by Catherine Ashton. He is also a regular contributor to the Portuguese written press, radio and television, and a frequent contributor to the European press. His syndicated articles (Project Syndicate) appear in many reference newspapers worldwide. Álvaro de Vasconcelos is a Chevalier of the Order of the Légion d'Honneur (France) and a Comendador do Ordem do Rio Branco (Brazil).
Luis Peral is a Research Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management Program at the International Centre of Toledo for Peace; a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Governance Program and a Senior Researcher at the Ramón y Cajal Research Programme of the Spanish Government at the Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales (Center for Political and Constitutional Studies) in the Spanish Ministry of the Presidency. Dr. Peral was a lecturer of Public International Law at the University Carlos III of Madrid, a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan Law School and a lecturer at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo) and at the European Master Course on Democratization and Human Rights of the European Inter-University Center (Venice). He is the Director of the Cuenca International Colloquium on Refugee Law and the academic coordinator of the Carlos II University MA on International Cooperation and Humanitarian Action. He is also a member of the Refugee Law Reader Editorial Board and the Steering Committee of the International Colloquium on Refugees and Post-Conflict Reconciliation. He has under-taken extensive academic research and published widely, particularly Éxodos masivos, supervivencia y mantenimiento de la paz (Trotta, 2001), which had a focus on International Refugee Law, Humanitarian Law, European Human Rights Law, and UN Peacekeeping. Other publications include Global Security in a Multipolar World (ed.) (2009); 'EUPOL Afghanistan', in G. Grevi; D. Helly; and D. Keohane (ed): European Security and Defence Policy. The First Ten Years (199-2009), EUISS, Paris, 2009; 'Transforming an Unrealistic War. Bringing the UN Back into Afghanistan', in Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Issue XI.1, Winter-Spring 2010; 'Afghanistan: Challenges of Stability and Opportunities from Chaos', CITpax Report n.2, 2007; 'Threats to Human Security. The Need for Action?' FRIDE Document n. 15, 2005; and 'EU Protection Scheme for Refugees in the Region of Origin: Problems of Conditionality and Coherence', ESIL Papers, European Society for International Law Forum, 2005.
Jean-Marc Coicaud is the Director of the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations Headquarters (New York). He was Senior Academic Officer and Director of Studies at the UNU Headquarters (Tokyo) from 1996 to 2003. From 1992 to 1996, he served in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General as a speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. A former fellow at Harvard University (Center for International Affairs, Department of Philosophy and Harvard Law School, from 1986 to 1992), Coicaud has held appointments such as Cultural Attaché with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Legislative Aide with the European Parliament (Financial Committee). He has also been a Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure-Ulm in Paris and has taught at the New School for Social Research (New York). In addition, he has been a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (Washington, D.C.), a Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law and a Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University (Beijing). Coicaud holds a Ph.D. in Political Science-Law from the Sorbonne and a Doctorat d'État in philosophy from the Institut d'Études Politiques of Paris. Jean-Marc Coicaud has published 14 books in the fields of comparative politics, political and legal theory, international relations and international law. They are available in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic, and include the following single-authored books: L'introuvable démocratie autoritaire (L'Harmattan, 1996), Légitimité et Politique (Presses Universitaires de France, 1997), Politics and Legitimacy: A Contribution to the Study of Political Right and Political Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Beyond the National Interest (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2007), Kokuren no Genkai/Kokuren no Mirai (Future of the UN/Limits of the UN - Fujiwara Shoten, 2007), Mai Xiang Guo Ji Fa Zhi (Towards the International Rule of Law - Sanlian Shudian, 2008). His latest book, co-edited with Hilary Charlesworth, is Fault Lines of International Legitimacy (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
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