Global Governance Institute


The Humanitarian Club - Keynote Lecture with Professor Michael Barnett

05 February 2019, 6:15 pm–7:30 pm

USAID emergency supplies

This keynote lecture with Professor Michael Barnett examines the causes and consequences of the development of a Humanitarian Club.

This event is free.

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Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre
31-34 Gordon Square

Whereas prior to the 1990s humanitarian action had little coherence, after the 1990s it developed a set of humanitarian elites that developed and protected the rules of humanitarianism. This process, though, also led to mechanisms of exclusion, making it more difficult for southern NGOs to break into the club. Do, and how do, these mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion harm the goal of saving lives during emergencies? What can be done to make it easier for outsiders to become members of the club?

About the Speaker

Michael Barnett

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University

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Michael Barnett is Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at George Washington University. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Macalester College, Wellesley College, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also was a visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research and the Dayan Center at Tel-Aviv University, and was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Michael Barnett teaches and publishes in the areas of international relations, international organizations, humanitarianism, and Middle Eastern politics. His most recent books include Paternalism Beyond Borders and The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews