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Lunch Hour Lecture with Dr Ilan Kelman: What is a Disaster?

An earthquake shatters Haiti and a hurricane slices through Texas. We hear that nature runs rampant, fighting to destroy us through these 'natural disasters'. Science recounts a different story, that 'natural disasters' do not exist. Instead, we put ourselves in harm's way and we fail to take measures which we know will avoid disasters, no matter what the environment does--including for climate change. This  lunch hour lecture with Dr Ilan Kelman (GGI Academic Steering Board) describes the science behind why disasters are not natural because we create them and we can choose to prevent them.

Starts: Oct 2, 2018 1:10:00 PM

The 13 Rules of International Life - Sir Tom Phillips

Drawing on his personal experience as a diplomat and as Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies Sir Tom Phillips will set out his view of the 13 key principles of international life beneath all the flurry of current events. These cover, for example, relations between leaders; the centrality of 'identity' issues; why things so often go wrong; and why there is no guarantee of a happy ending.

Starts: Oct 9, 2018 6:15:00 PM

The Institutional Roots of the Anti-Trade Backlash - Prof Judith Goldstein

What went wrong with the trade regime? This talk will focus on three problems with the current system. First, the underlying logic of free trade was never universalized and instead, trade liberalization was always an elite project, never attaining a shared legitimacy. Second, as result of this lack of a shared public understanding of the virtues of open markets, institutions were created so as to distance international negotiations from partisan conflict, both within nations and in Geneva. Third, the problem has deep historical roots. The institutional design adopted post WWII aimed to undercut protectionist pressures by raising the costs of collective action of those who would face international competition. But while undermining collective action in the early years of trade liberalization enabled deeper commitments, over time, the absence of voice from disadvantaged groups forestalled, and in some cases directly undermined, the development of social policies, which could later facilitate adjustment to international pressures. As global forces led to increasingly more dislocation, there was no institutional facility to respond to the growing number of `losers' from trade. Politicians today face a conundrum---anti-trade attitudes are both the reason for, and are fueled by, institutional design.

Starts: Oct 12, 2018 6:15:00 PM

A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot - Film screening with director Sinead O'Shea

One night Majella O'Donnell took her teenage son Philly to be shot in both legs. Majella, Philly and his shooters all live within an extraordinary community in Derry, Northern Ireland. The “Troubles” officially ended in 1998 but this community is still at war. They do not accept the government or police. All this happens within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. How do you bring your son to be shot? What happens afterwards? How does family life continue? How does a community respond? When do wars really end?

Starts: Oct 18, 2018 6:15:00 PM

Understanding Trump Trade Policy - Prof Douglas Irwin

President Donald Trump has upended the norms of US trade policy and imposed tariffs on friends and foes alike. What is the president trying to achieve? Will US trade policy revert to historic norms in the next administration? This talk, from a noted expert on US trade policy, will explore these issues.

Starts: Nov 15, 2018 6:15:00 PM

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