Professor Najam outlined the nature of the global climate change challenge, particularly for developing countries and especially in what he describes as the “Age of Adaptation,” and reflected on the role of law and philanthropy in addressing global climate change, particularly in national and local implications and impacts.
Professor Hefner argued that Indonesia, and NU specifically, has the potential to make enormous contributions to the global community; “it’s time for NU to rise to the international stage, speak out, and make such a positive contribution to solving political problems as well as intellectual and moral challenges faced by all humanity.”
Professor Najam argued that in a highly turbulent and quickly changing world, the need for good system analysis is greater than ever before but also that what is needed from Systems Analysis has changed; systems science scholars to be ‘more restless, more irreverent, and more bold.’
In his remarks, Professor Menchik addresses two main questions: how can moderate Islam be effectively implemented in the public sphere, and what are the internal and external challenges to identity politics in Indonesia and the wider world?
Professor Najam argues that the world is entering an era of intense contestation not only on facts but on expertise and knowledge itself.
“Before we can ever see a shift in U.S.-Pakistan relations we will first have to see a shift in how we think about (imagine) U.S.-Pakistan relations.”
At the Association for Iranian Studies’ Thirteenth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, Professor Chehabi was awarded the first Senior Mentorship Award in recognition of his contributions to the field.
Professor Schmidt joined fellow experts in discussing the future of the European Union, which Shmidt suggests depends on which of three ‘big’ ideas becomes dominant.
Professor Schmidt’s presentation explored the impact of the COVID-19 recovery strategy on the potential reorientation of European Union economic governance and whether this leaves room to maneuver and implement progressive social reforms as well as increase the democratic legitimacy of the EU (in contrast to the Eurozone Crisis of 2011)
In her featured remarks, Professor Schmidt discussed the complications related to the EU’s ‘actorness’ in the global arena, the question of EU legitimacy, and the major challenges facing the EU today.
Among the world’s Muslim majority countries, Indonesia has been the most successful in transitioning to a functioning and fair electoral democracy as well as upholding a tradition of multiethnic and multireligious citizenship; this is something the whole world can learn from.
The all-day conference brought together leading global intellectuals and practitioners to look back on 50 years of work at IIASA and discuss today’s most pressing global issues.
Professor Schmidt joined Herman van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council (2009-2014), to discuss the clash of ‘big ideas’ – neo-liberalism, populism, and progressivism – the critical elections in France that occurred on April 24, 2022, and their potential impact on Europe.
Dean Najam discusses the importance of putting citizens at the center of national security considerations, noting that it is important to remember that not all issues of human development are issues of human security.
Professor Hefner’s remarks echoed the findings of his recent paper, which analyzes the causes and consequences of the “conservative turn” in Indonesian Muslim politics in democratic Indonesia.
Professor Schmidt examines the resilience of ordo-liberal and neoliberal ideas with regard to Eurozone governance, then considers the impact of such ideas on European economies.
Dean Najam highlights that, because of the failures of the world’s richest and polluted countries, the harsh realities of climate change are now actively affecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries
According to Ambassador Garčević, both the EU and the Western Balkans states have failed to deliver what they agreed on in Thessaloniki in 2003: the Western Balkan has failed to deliver comprehensive democratic reforms, the EU failed to remain politically committed to enlargement.
Drawing on lessons learned from the Pardee Center’s “World After Coronavirus” series, Dean Najam highlighted that COVID has alerted us to constantly interrogate the meaning of ‘normal’ and that the world before COVID was itself full of challenges and turmoil that have, in many cases, taken on new dimensions because of the pandemic.
Professor Hefner addresses the question of how you measure the progress of human civilization in the current age, the balance and collaboration between religion and democracy, as well as lessons that the world can learn from Indonesia.