Reflections on Global Affairs: Is the world really falling apart?
The news has been bleak: Brexit, populism, terrorism and, an America divided. The war in Syria continues to rage and the number of refugees and other migrants world-wide is soaring. Then, there's economic inequality and a host of other big concerns. It's tempting to think that everything is falling apart. But is that really true? IDEAS in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto reflects upon the state of the world, along with a razor sharp panel. **This episode originally aired December 19, 2016,
Michael Blake, Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Governance at the University of Washington; Randall Hansen, Director of the Centre of European, Russian & Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Professor of Political Science; Janice Stein, the Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and an internationally renowned expert on international conflict and global governance; and moderator Stephen Toope, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, take the global view in a time of disruption and change.
The panel was recorded in front of a live audience at the Munk School of Global Affairs on November 29, 2016. Listen to the Question and Answer session which followed the panel.
Michael Blake is a Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Governance at the University of Washington. Until 2016, he was the Director of the UW's Program on Values in Society. He received his bachelor degree in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from Stanford University. He obtained some legal training at Yale Law School, before running away to become a philosopher. He is jointly appointed to the Department of Philosophy and to the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs.
Randall Hansen is Director of the Centre of European, Russian & Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Professor of Political Science. He has a doctorate from Oxford, and taught at the Universities of London and Oxford before taking up a Chair at the University of Toronto. The author of 4 books, 4 edited books, and dozens of articles, he works on immigration and refugees, eugenics and population policy, and the effect of war on civilian populations.
Professor Janice Gross Stein, the Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, is an internationally renowned expert on international conflict and global governance. Her analysis is regularly featured across Canadian media covering breaking developments around the globe, from military action in Eastern Europe to escalating conflict in the Middle East. Professor Stein's expertise is sought after by governments and foreign affairs specialists seeking council on negotiation, international security, and public education. As an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor Stein has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to public debate. She is member of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and holds Honorary Doctorate of Laws from four universities.
Reading list from Michael Blake:
- The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker, Penguin, 2012
- Achieving Our Country by Richard Rorty, Harvard, 1998
- "How Stable Are Democracies? 'Warning Signs Are Flashing Red'" by Amanda Taub, 29 November 2016, New York Times
Reading list from Randall Hansen:
- The History of White People by Neil Irvin Painter, WW Norton, 2011
- Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild, New Press, 2016
- The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Reading list from Janice Stein
- The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World by Derek Chollet, Public Affairs, June 28, 2016
- China's Future by David Shambaugh, Polity, March 14, 2016
- The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston, Melville House Publishing, August 2, 2016
- Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, Penguin Canada, May 7, 2016
- The Hacked World Order by Adam Segal, PublicAffairs, February 23, 2016
- Islamic Exceptionalism by Shadi Hamid, St. Martin's Press, June 7, 2016
- Objective Troy by Scott Shane, Tim Duggan Books, September 13, 2016
- Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism by David Kilcullen, Oxford University Press, March 8, 2016
- Free Speech by Timothy Garton Ash, Yale University Press, May 24, 2016
- The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto
- Disrupting the Global Order Podcast with Janice Stein
**This episode was produced by Sara Wolch