Speaker Events - Monday, December 07, 2009
Do We Live in a Borderless World?
On December 7th at IPI the author and commentator Parag Khanna posed the question “Do We Live in a Borderless World?” and then offered up his answer in a slide show presentation that the evening’s moderator, IPI Vice President and Director of External Relations Warren Hoge, described as an “informative and audacious moving map show.”
“Watch Parag Khanna tonight as he makes existing countries take on new shapes and contours – watch out, it may be your country – and entirely new ones spring to life,” Mr. Hoge promised the large audience from the UN community. And Mr. Khanna, Director of the Global Governance Initiative and Senior Research Fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, delivered with a fast-paced illustrated narrative that ranged across the globe.
Mr. Khanna’s point is that the real borders that define the possibilities and problems of the future are those changing ones that track trade routes, migration patterns, and energy supplies, not those static ones that demarcate national frontiers. His presentation is drawn from the research he did in his wide travels to back up the thesis of his 2008 best-selling book The Second World: Empires and Influences in the New Global Order.
In the book, he argues that the emerging powers, what he calls “the second world,” are redefining global competition in the 21st century and that we are living in a time of apolarity where the traditional centers of gravity no longer hold. It’s a world in which economic power is more important than military power, and three distinct superpowers: China, the European Union, and the U.S., compete on a planet of shrinking resources.
Watch the audio slideshow of Mr. Khanna's presentation:
The Global Observatory
As Nature of Conflict Changes, Is International Humanitarian Law Still Relevant?
In this interview, Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier, legal director of Doctors Without Borders, discusses the relevance of humanitarian law in today's conflicts.
Key Global Events to Watch in April
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
April 05, 2014
IPI Opens Middle East Regional Office
International Peace Institute President Terje Rød-Larsen inaugurated IPI’s new Middle East Regional Office with a recognition of the area’s critical importance to the world and the rapid political changes underway in the countries of the region, and he asserted that IPI has an “important role” to play there.
March 26, 2014
Derek Plumbly on Lebanese Resilience Amid Rising Challenges
Lebanon has exceeded expectations in dealing with the continuing fallout from the crisis in neighboring Syria, said Derek Plumbly, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, on March 26th. Speaking at the International Peace Institute, Mr. Plumbly praised the Lebanese people for “actually sustaining a measure of stability in their country.”
March 25, 2014
Adebajo, Panel Discuss African and African-American Nobel Peace Laureates
The ten Africans and three African-Americans who have won the Nobel Peace Prize comprise a complex group of peace leaders, said Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director of Centre for Conflict Resolution, on March 25th. He spoke as part of a panel at the International Peace Institute’s launch of Africa’s Peacemakers, Nobel Laureates of African Descent, edited by Mr. Adebajo.
April 10, 2014
Video: Is Humanitarian Law Still Fit for Purpose?
April 07, 2014
Video: Technology and Innovation in Peacekeeping