Pardee School Faculty Explore Pressing Foreign and Domestic Issues

On October 2, 2021, the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University hosted a virtual “World in Flux” panel with Pardee School professors on a range of topical international relations subjects. The series was hosted during Boston University’s 2021 Alumni Weekend.

The panel was led by Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School, and featured Shamiran Mako, Assistant Professor of International Relations; Jessica Stern, Research Professor; and Joseph Wippl, Professor of the Practice of International Relations. Najam kicked off the panel by asking each faculty member to delve into their areas of expertise and how they view these issues’ impact on the world. Mako discussed the rise of non-state actors, failed democratic state-building, and the Middle East; Stern explained the threat domestic terrorism and distrust in democratic institutions has both in the United States and abroad; and Wippl discussed rising tensions between the U.S. and China, immigration, and the possibility of a US-Iran conflict. In discussing these issues, all the panelists agreed that new ways of thinking are required to address these and other pressing global issues.

A recording of the panel can be viewed above.

The “World in Flux” series, which has become an Alumni Weekend tradition at the Pardee School, in past years has focused on the changing world order, the current challenges facing democracy, the June 2016 Brexit referendum, and the global shifts in an increasingly complex world. Details on past lectures can be found on the Pardee School website