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Fri 31 October 2014, 13:00

'Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: When and How International Institutions Help'

Speaker: Johannes Urpelainan (Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University)

Venue:Clay Room, Nuffield College

Johannes Urpelainan, Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University (http://www.columbia.edu/~ju2178/)  will be presenting his forthcoming book with Leo Baccini (LSE) on Friday October 31st at 1pm in the Clay Room at Nuffield College. The talk should be of great interest to students and scholars of international institutions, political economy, and public policy.

Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: When and How International Institutions Help (Oxford University Press)
Why do leaders of countries opt to sign on to international institutions that constrain their freedom to enact domestic policy? In this book, Leonardo Baccini and Johannes Urpelainen address this enduring question of international relations by looking at liberal economic reforms. During the past two decades, governments across the developing world have implemented many liberal economic reforms that reduce direct state intervention in different industries, for example with regard to intellectual property rights and privatization. While failure to implement them can have disastrous economic and political consequences, liberal economic reforms have also provoked intense political controversy domestically. Baccini and Urpelainen argue that international institutions help to cut this Gordian knot by allowing leaders to credibly commit to liberal policies while also creating domestic political support for reform. The book takes a comparative look at developing countries that have engaged in treaties with the United States and European Union to develop a full theory of when and how leaders enter into international institutions to effect economic reform.

Fri 31 October 2014, 17:00

Global Directions Film Screening: 'The Strangest Dream'

Venue:TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College

Join Global Directions in watching this documentary on the life of Joseph Rotblat, the only nuclear scientist to leave the Manhattan Project. Rotblat campaigned to save the world from nuclear annihilation, was one of the founders of the Pugwash Foundation, and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his life-long work. The documentary retraces the history of nuclear weapons, and demonstrates their renewed threat in today’s world.

Discussant: Dr. Kit Hill, longstanding friend and biographer of Jo Rotblat. 

In collaboration with the British Pugwash. 

 

About Global Directions

Global Directions (GD) is a research group based at Merton College. GD was founded in 2005 to serve as a cross-disciplinary forum for exploring pressing global issues and to foster a robust policy-relevant dialogue within the University and in conjunction with visiting experts and practitioners. Throughout the year we host a wide range of events, including lectures, film screenings, and lunchtime seminars on issues in international relations, global security, and development.  

For more information about Global Directions please visit: www.merton.ox.ac.uk/research/global-directions

Mon 03 November 2014, 17:00

'Is global financial reform finished? What pieces are missing?'

Speaker: David Wright (Secretary General, International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO); former Senior Member, St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Venue:Seminar Room, European Studies Centre 70 Woodstock

Chair: David Vines (Balliol College, Oxford)

This event is part of the PEFM Seminar Series seminar series.

Mon 03 November 2014, 17:00

‘Corruption and authoritarianism in Central Asia’

Speaker: Jody LaPorte (St Hilda’s College)

Venue:Nissan Lecture Theatre, St. Antony's College

Convenors:  Roy Allison (St Antony’s, SIAS) & Neil MacFarlane (St Anne’s, DPIR)

All are welcome

THIS IS AN ADVANCED SEMINAR SERIES SUPPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES, AND THE HARRY SHUKMAN SEMINAR FUND

(created in Harry’s memory by Fay and Geoffrey Elliott)

This event is part of the Russian and Eurasian Foreign Policies and Politics seminar series.

Mon 03 November 2014, 17:00

'Tacit Alliance? Franklin Roosevelt, Stanley Baldwin and the Anglo-American Rapprochement of 1935-37'

Speaker: Tony McCulloch (UCL)

Venue:Pavilion Room, Gateway Building, St. Antony's College

This event is part of the North American Studies Seminar Series seminar series.

Tue 04 November 2014, 12:30

‘Social and Scientific Perspectives on Ebola’

Venue:MCR, Merton College

Global Directions Event

The UN's Ebola mission chief Anthony Banbury warns that the world is falling behind in the race to contain the ebola virus. Join Global Directions for an informal panel discussion with Drs Nicole Zitzmann (Department of Biochemistry, Oxford) and Julia Amos (Peter J Braam Junior Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing) who will explore both the social and scientific side of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. The panel will also include DPhil candidates Luisa Enria, and Kerrie Thornhill who have worked in or studied the affected countries. Chaired by Merton DPhil student Jessica Thorn.  

A light sandwich lunch will be provided – All Welcome.

 

About Global Directions

Global Directions (GD) is a research group based at Merton College. GD was founded in 2005 to serve as a cross-disciplinary forum for exploring pressing global issues and to foster a robust policy-relevant dialogue within the University and in conjunction with visiting experts and practitioners. Throughout the year GD host a wide range of events, including lectures, film screenings, and lunchtime seminars on issues in international relations, global security, and development.  

Tue 04 November 2014, 13:00

''The End of 'War'?: The Changing Character of Political Violence in the 21st Century'

Speaker: Professor Keith Krause (Graduate Institute, Geneva)

Venue:Manor Road Building, Seminar Room G

Changing Character of War Programme 

A light sandwich lunch is served from around 12.50pm.

This event is part of the Lunchtime Discussions with Changing Character of War seminar series.

Tue 04 November 2014, 14:00

‘Mandated by the people: Dr Ansari’s Medical Team in the Ottoman Empire’s Penultimate War’

Speaker: Burak Akcapar (Turkish Ambassador to India)

Venue:Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Faisal Devji

This event is part of the South Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Tue 04 November 2014, 17:00

'Is Britain a European Country? A Tale of Two Referendums'

Speaker: Vernon Bogdanor (King’s College, London)

Venue:Nissan Lecture Theatre, St. Antony's College

Chair: Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

This event is part of the ESC Core Seminar Series seminar series.

Tue 04 November 2014, 20:30

'Whose Dreams Do We Follow? East Asian States Between Japan and China'

Speaker: Chris Hughes (Head of International Relations, LSE)

Venue:Old Library, All Souls College

£2 entry fee for nonmembers.

This event is part of the OUSSG Seminar Series seminar series.

Wed 05 November 2014, 12:00

'The coordination between macroprudential and macroeconomic policies: Issues for Europe for the next ten years'

Speaker: Valerie Herzberg (European Commission), Russell Kincaid (St Antony’s College, Oxford), Max Watson (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Venue:Chatham House, 10 St James' Square, London SW1Y 4LE

Registration required. To register please contact Julie.adams@sant.ox.ac.uk

This event is part of the PEFM Seminar Series seminar series.

Thu 06 November 2014, 14:00

'Financial and banking regulation, macroprudential and monetary policy after the crisis'

Venue:Balliol College, Lecture room 23

Panellists: Franco Bruni (Bocconi University, Milan); Leonardo Gambacorta (Bank of International Settlements); Heinz Herrmann (Deutsche Bundesbank); David Llewellyn (Loughborough University); James Talbot (Bank of England); Oreste Tristani (European Central Bank); John Vickers (All Soul’s College, Oxford); Richard Woolhouse (British Bankers’ Association)

Chairs: Guido Ascari (Exeter College, Oxford); David Vines (Balliol College, Oxford)

This event is part of the PEFM Seminar Series seminar series.

Thu 06 November 2014, 17:30

'Homo sovieticus, Havel and Pope John Paul II: Moral and intellectual dissent in Czechoslovakia and Poland'

Speaker: Tomáš Halík (Charles University, Prague)

Venue:Nissan Lecture Theatre, St. Antony's College

POMP Lecture

Convenor: Mikolaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Presented in collaboration with the Oxford University Czech and Slovak Society

Fri 07 November 2014, 12:30

'There is something wrong with the EU – but what is it exactly?'

Speaker: Bruno Maçães (Secretary of State for Europe, Portugal)

Venue:Seminar Room, European Studies Centre 70 Woodstock

ESC Lunchtime Seminar

Convenor: Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Mon 10 November 2014, 17:00

‘Georgia, the EU Association Agreement and wider foreign policy challenges’

Speaker: H.E. Ambassador Natalie Sabanadze (Georgian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the head of the Georgian mission to the European Union)

Venue:Nissan Lecture Theatre, St. Antony's College

Convenors:  Roy Allison (St Antony’s, SIAS) & Neil MacFarlane (St Anne’s, DPIR)

All are welcome

THIS IS AN ADVANCED SEMINAR SERIES SUPPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES, AND THE HARRY SHUKMAN SEMINAR FUND

(created in Harry’s memory by Fay and Geoffrey Elliott)

This event is part of the Russian and Eurasian Foreign Policies and Politics seminar series.

Tue 11 November 2014, 14:00

‘The Art of Transformation: Creating Peace in the Fog of War’

Speaker: Rama Mani (Senior Research Associate, CIS);Sir Edward Mortimer (author, journalist, fellow of All Souls College Oxford); Prof Kalypso Nikolaidis (Professor of International Relations, DPIR)

Venue:The Ashmolean Museum - Auditorium

Co-sponsored by the Centre for International Studies (CIS), the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) and the Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace).

Dr. Rama Mani will perform poetry and testimony from war-zones and be in conversation with Sir Edward Mortimer, Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis and the audience at 2pm on Armistice Day, 11 November 2014 in the Ashmolean Museum's Auditorium to mark the 100th Anniversary of WWI and honour victims of 21st century wars.

The Performance: Rama takes us on a compelling world tour of warzones to encounter first hand ordinary-extraordinary women and men who transformed themselves and their war-torn societies despite impossible odds. Rama incarnates artists who emerged from the rubble of destruction, and deployed their creativity to heal wounds of war and build cultures of peace. As war rages across the Middle East, Rama will particularly enact poems and testimonies from this war-torn region, as well as from other continents.

The Dialogue: The engaging performance of poetry and testimony will be followed by an interactive dialogue with the audience. The Dialogue will explore with Rama the themes raised in the performance and the prospects for perpetual peace on the 100th anniversary of WWI amidst this period of seemingly perpetual war, with distinguished special guest:

Edward Mortimer, Fellow of Christ Church College, Senior Vice President of the Salzburg Forum and former Director of Communications in the Executive Office of the Secetary-General of the United Nations.

Prof. Kalypso Nikolaidis, Director of the Centre for International Studies and Chair of South East European Studies at Oxford, will moderate the dialogue.

About the Performer: Dr. Rama Mani, reputed Peacebuilder and Poet-Performer is a Councilor of the World Future Council, and Co-Founder of Rising Women Rising World. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies at Oxford, as well as an affiliate of OXPEACE and the Oxford Centre for Ethics and Law in Armed Conflict. She is an Advisory Board Member of NATO Defense College, and former Course Director and current Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She was formerly Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka and Africa Strategy Manager to Oxfam GB addressing Africa’s devastating war economies. She was awarded the 2013 Peter Becker Peace Prize in Germany.

(www.rama-mani.com; www.youtube.com/user/RamaManiNews)

Tue 11 November 2014, 14:00

‘A Postcolonial Agenda: the Challenge of Change in Indian Education’

Speaker: Nita Kumar (Claremont College)

Venue:Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Faisal Devji

This event is part of the South Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Wed 12 November 2014, 14:00

Southeast Asia Seminar Series Post-graduate Research Colloquium

Venue:The Deakin Room, Founder’s Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Matthew J Walton

Post-graduates studying Southeast Asia give brief synopses of their recent fieldwork or research plans, with feedback from other scholars.

This event is part of the Southeast Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Wed 12 November 2014, 16:00

'Strengthening the Treaty Bodies: Process, Practice and Prospects'

Speaker: Malcolm Evans (Professor of Public International Law at Bristol and UN Special Rapporteur for the Prevention of Torture)

Venue:University of Reading, Foxhill House, room G.03

This talk forms part of an on-going seminar series entitled 'Axis of Protection: Human Rights in International Law'. This series is jointly convened by the Universities of Exeter, Oxford and Reading. It provides an opportunity for scholars to engage in discussion of contemporary and challenging issues concerning the protection of human rights in international law, with emphasis on human rights law, international humanitarian law and international refugee law. At each meeting, a paper is presented for 30-40 minutes, followed by a formal response and discussion. Meetings alternate each term between the three host institutions. Seminars are open to staff and students of the participating universities. Recent speakers include Emanuela Gillard (ELAC, Oxford), Dr Jure Vidmar (Oxford), Professor Susan Breau (Reading) and Professor Michael Schmitt (Exeter and US Naval War College). The convenors of the series are Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne and Ruvi Ziegler (Reading), Kubo Macák (Exeter) and Janina Dill (Oxford).

Thu 13 November 2014, 16:30

Book Launch: 'Legitimate Targets? Social Construction, International Law and US Bombing'

Speaker: Janina Dill

Venue:Manor Road Building, Seminar Room C

An event of the Oxford Institute for Ethics Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) and the Centre for International Studies (CIS)

Dr Janina Dill will introduce her book recently published by Cambridge University Press as part of the series Cambridge Studies in International relations. Her talk will be followed by two comments of Dr Adam Bower and Dr Thomas Simpson and a discussion in the audience.

Book summary: Based on an innovative theory of international law, Janina Dill’s book investigates the effectiveness of international humanitarian law (IHL) in regulating the conduct of warfare. Through a comprehensive examination of the IHL defining a legitimate target of attack, Dill reveals a controversy among legal and military professionals about the ‘logic’ according to which belligerents ought to balance humanitarian and military imperatives: the logics of sufficiency or efficiency. Law prescribes the former, but increased recourse to international law in US air warfare has led to targeting in accordance with the logic of efficiency. The logic of sufficiency is morally less problematic, yet neither logic satisfies contemporary expectations of effective IHL or legitimate warfare. Those expectations demand that hostilities follow a logic of liability, which proves impracticable. This book proposes changes to international law, but concludes that according to widely shared normative beliefs, on the twenty-first-century battlefield there are no truly legitimate targets

Tue 18 November 2014, 14:00

'‘Such a war has never been before’: colonial India and the First World War, 1914-1918’

Speaker: Vedica Kant (Writer)

Venue:Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Faisal Devji

This event is part of the South Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Wed 26 November 2014, 14:00

'The Evolution of Sukuk in Malaysia: Imitation of the Conventional Capital Market or Innovation of Islamic Financial Practices?'

Speaker: Lena Rethel (Associate Professor, University of Warwick) and Kerstin Steiner (Senior Lecturer, Monash University)

Venue:The Deakin Room, Founder’s Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Matthew J Walton

This event is part of the Southeast Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Tue 02 December 2014, 14:00

‘Pakistan’s Metamorphosis to Modernity’

Speaker: Ayesha Siddiqa (Charles Wallace Trust Fellow)

Venue:Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Faisal Devji

This event is part of the South Asia Seminar Series seminar series.