John Ravenhill, Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), will discuss global governance and whether it is in crisis, at the next Signature Lecture at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

“A Crisis in Global Governance?” will take place from 7–9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. This event is co-sponsored by CIGI and the BSIA.

In arguing that global governance is in crisis, critics point as examples to the failure of the Copenhagen conference on climate change, the stalemate in the Doha Round of World Trade Organization negotiations, and UN Security Council deadlocks on conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. With the rise of new powers, such as the BRICS, who challenge existing global arrangements, and the failure of international organizations in fulfilling their mandates, it can be argued that global governance is at a flash point. What can we learn from the current state of affairs? What policy prescriptions can we derive from the failures and successes of international organizations?

Ravenhill was announced director of the BSIA in June 2013, and began his term in September. He was also appointed to the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. A renowned political scientist, Ravenhill is the first externally appointed director of the school, joining from the Australian National University (ANU), where he served as Head of the School of Politics and International Relations in the Research School of Social Sciences.

CIGI invites media to cover this free public Signature Lecture. Members of the media can register in advance by emailing Kevin Dias, CIGI communications specialist, at [email protected]. Members of the public who want to attend in person can find more information, including how to register, by visiting: Those who are not in Waterloo or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the live-webcast at no cost by visiting the same link for registration. 


John Ravenhill is Director of the BSIA and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. He was previously Head of the School of Politics and International Relations, Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU, where he also co-directed the MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Initiative project. After obtaining his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, he taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Sydney before joining ANU in 1990. In 2000, he took up the Chair of Politics at the University of Edinburgh for four years. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva, the International University of Japan, the University of California, Berkeley, and was the NTUC Professor of International Economic Relations at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His work has appeared in most of the leading journals of international relations including International Organization, World Politics, Review of International Political Economy and Review of International Studies. For two decades, he co-edited (with James Cotton) the flagship book series of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Australia in World Affairs. His most recent book, co-edited with Andrew MacIntyre & TJ Pempel, was Crisis as Catalyst: Asia's Dynamic Political Economy (Cornell University Press). He was the founding editor of the Cambridge University Press book series, Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies, and is on the Editorial Boards of Review of International Political EconomyPacific AffairsInternational Relations of the Asia-PacificBusiness and Politics, and the Australian Journal of Political Science. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the US Department of State. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Public Event:

CIGI Signature Lecture (co-sponsored by the BSIA): “A Crisis in Global Governance?” by John Ravenhill, BSIA Director

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Time: 7-9 p.m.

The CIGI Campus Auditorium
67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected]  

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