Since Mary Kaldor heralded the emergence of ‘new wars’ two decades ago, scholars and policymakers of all stripes have asserted that armed conflict has changed in some fundamental way. Similar notions of transformation have simultaneously animated the globalization and global governance literatures that grew from the Cold War’s end. The relationship(s) between changes in global systems and the diverse eruptions of violence observed today, however, remains under-theorized. How do changes in world order reshape the forms taken by armed conflict? As the human impacts of climate change become more acute, critical resources more scarce, identities more acrimonious, and the economy more tumultuous, this question is perhaps more important now than ever. The speakers of this panel will each share their thoughts on the links between global change and armed violence and how they will shape the coming decades.
The panel features four presentations:
- Conflict and Change in the Muslim World with Aisha Ahmad, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
- Civil War, Global Governance, and Post-Conflict (Dis-)Order with Jeffrey Checkel, Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security, Simon Fraser University
- Polanyi and the Origins of Today’s Fascist Tendency with Richard Sandbrook, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Toronto
- The Changing Nature of Geopolitics with David Welch, CIGI Chair of Global Security, Balsillie School of International Affairs
These presentations will be followed by a brief panel discussion and questions from the floor, moderated by Professor Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
Lunch will be provided. Please register via email to [email protected].