As the Jean Monnet Chair in European Security and Defense, Professor Schilde will further the Pardee School’s agenda of preparing students to meet the international challenges of the 21st century through a rigorous and sustained presentation of the EU as a global power with responsibilities over European security, international order, and global security.
Dean Najam explores the biggest issues of our time – the great power conflict between the U.S. and China, COVID-19, climate change, etc. – as well as how these are shaping geostrategy and creating a sense of trepidation in the global community.
In reflecting on 2021, Pardee School faculty offer their thoughts on the lessons that can be gleaned from this past year. Chief among the responses: multilateralism and global democracy are in decline.
“Reforms at the right pace are the mantra for Chile at the start of this new decade. Whether president-elect Boric will manage to pull them through is an open question.”
In discussing U.S. military intervention in Ukraine as a result of encroaching pressure from Russia, Professor Shifrinson argues that mishandling the situation could result in a strategic nightmare, endangering Ukraine and potentially Taiwan.
Dean Najam states that countries like Pakistan will have to bear the maximum cost of climate change, hence, Pakistan has to change its efforts both nationally and internationally to address the issue diplomatically and make it a diplomatic cause.
Ambassador Heine elaborates on the meaning of the Active Non-Alignment doctrine and why it is so relevant for Latin America and its foreign policies today
In discussing China’s influence in the Western Balkans, Professor Garčević says that the way governments do business with China is eroding already weak institutions, encouraging corruption, and slowing down progress towards EU integration.
“This is the age of adaptability. Climate change is no longer a future issue. Anyone who talks about it as if it is a future issue is lying.”
Ambassador Heine explains that current tensions between the U.S. and China are putting the countries of the Global South in a difficult situation, for which Active Non-Alignment option is the best alternative.
“The departure of Chancellor Merkel after so many years and a change in political parties in Berlin will cause nervousness in Brussels…A big problem will be to successfully maintain the United States’ commitment to defending Europe.”
Dean Najam argues that the world is clearly in a moment of global flux, and “it is the uncertainty of how things might change within the certainty that they are changing that makes our times so interesting, but also so potentially dangerous.”
“If Latin American countries are strategic, Heine said, they can use both continued Chinese investments and potential new U.S. funding to boost their recoveries during what remains a devastating economic crisis.”
The mere possibility of inclusion in the citizenry may generate hierarchies between immigrants, precluding solidarity, and encouraging boundary-policing.
“I have never seen such a depressing, such a bad situation in these 40 years [in Haiti] as it is now… action is urgent, it needs to be done.”
Professor Woldemariam discusses the origins of Ethiopia’s ongoing civil war, what it’s meant for civilians living there, and how it might shape the country’s future.
Professor Hefner and fellow experts highlight ongoing religious freedom issues facing two of the largest democracies in the world: India and Indonesia.
The two Pardee School professors offer insights on the justification for the U.S. boycott, how it might impact China’s human rights policies, and what more can be done to assist the victims of China’s abuses.
“It is paramount that a stepwise mobilization of capital is harnessed alongside meaningful levels of debt relief for emerging market and developing countries.”
Dean Najam’s remarks highlighted three areas that population experts, demographers, and social scientists will have to confront.