Conceptualized over a decade ago, the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are quickly approaching their target date, and will be met with significantly uneven success. An important question, therefore, arises within global governance: How will the global community approach international development after 2015?
In episode 16, Thomas Weiss provides an insiders' perspective on crafting the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, and how it has (or has not) been applied ever since. He goes on to identify why the doctrine was applied in Libya, having failed in its implementation nearly everywhere else.
In episode 15, CIGI senior fellow and acting director, development program Gregory Chin explains the extent of Chinese monetary and economic power, and how its growing interdependence with the United States is actually increasing tension between the superpowers. He also discusses CIGI's development research agenda, and a new commentary series on China and the WTO: 10 Years After Accession.
On April 18, 2011, CIGI hosted "When do we Intervene? International Response in Arab and African Conflicts" with Aly Verjee, a senior researcher at the Rift Valley Institute. In his talk, Verjee posed the question, "Why intervene in Libya and not Cote D'Ivoire?" Without guiding principles on when to intervene, will strategic backwaters consistently be overlooked? Are we doomed to repeat non-interventions in Rwanda and Darfur?
In episode 14, we re-visit the themes of an earlier episode with Middle East expert Bessma Momani, to re-assess the tenuous situation in Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. She notes the stalemate between rebels and regime in Libya, the dangers of regime change in Syria and the increasing hostility towards Iran on the part of Gulf countries.
Anatol Lieven discusses Pakistan's surprising degree of stability; International governance challenges; the role of the army and ISI; the drug trade; and Pakistan's relationship with the U.S., Afghanistan, and other countries..
In episode 13, Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Yogendra Yadav, discusses the modern reality of multi-national states - countries with two or more identifiable nations within their borders. He says that the concept of 'nation states' is largely outdated, and most contemporary countries can be thought of as 'state nations'.
More than a dozen CIGI experts, as well as other staff, attended ISA (with a conference theme in 2011 of "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition"), with some CIGI personnel appearing on panels to discuss a wide variety of issues in international affairs.