John Watson will examine our current situation with regard to the threats posed by the failure of the states in Third World.

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Dr. John Watson is currently Senior Fellow at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations High Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. Prior to this, he was President and CEO of CARE Canada. During his 20 years at CARE, Dr. Watson led the organization through unprecedented innovation and growth to make it one of the leading development agencies in Canada. Over the last three years, he turned his attention in speeches and published opinion pieces to the public policy debates on military/humanitarian interventions, market mechanisms for poverty alleviation, climate change as it affects the poor in developing countries, and the reform of Canadian overseas development assistance. His interest in the relationship between military and humanitarian work is particularly relevant to today’s conflict-ridden environment. Dr. Watson continues to work on research, writing and teaching in these areas of public policy.
During his thirty year career in humanitarian relief and international development Dr Watson has travelled to over 100 countries and administered projects in dozens of war, natural disaster, and famine zones. He has been able to talk to all sectors of society during his travels – from government leaders to subsistence farmers, shantytown dwellers, and refugees. This has given him a singular perspective on the phenomenon of state failure in developing countries.