In 2022, the Pardee School went through numerous big changes, welcomed new members to our community, and set the stage for a period of substantial progress as we approach our second decade as stewards of global studies education at BU. As the New Year approaches, we want to highlight some of the biggest stories and moments from the year.
Following a lecture by Professor Goldstein on the Congress of Vienna, the restoration of cultural objects after war or periods of great devastation, as well as how this practice of cultural restitution has also served as public diplomacy, colleagues and friends came together to celebrate the retiring professor and longtime international relations leader at Boston University.
In his remarks, Professor Goldstein discusses how throughout the League of Nations’ active existence, Britain followed a dual-track diplomacy, actively engaging with the League and its many sub-organs, while on the other hand frequently making use of Great Power conferences.
Professor Goldstein’s latest book offers a timely examination of the conflict in the Pacific prior to the attacks on Pearl Harbor and offers lessons applicable to understanding contemporary Great Power flash points between Asia and the West.
During this Beyond the Headlines, Boston University diplomacy, history, and global affairs scholars and practitioners explored how the late Queen reinforced the monarchy within Britain, how she shaped public perception of the monarchy, the role she played in colonial governance and decolonization, and much more.
Dean Adil Najam thanked Professors Chehabi and Goldstein for the pivotal and formative roles they played in the development of the Pardee School and conferred on them the status of Professor Emeritus. Najam also presented both professors with a commemorative gift on behalf of the School.
The nine new Faculty Research Fellows will launch one- or two-year interdisciplinary research projects exploring topics such as the future of work, climate change, wartime diplomacy, global health, and more.
Professor Walter D. Connor, a scholar who helped pioneer the interdisciplinary study of international relations at Boston University as an integral member of the original Center of International Relations, passed away on January 25, 2022.
“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.”
Professor Goldstein’s chapter looks at the historical background to the use of partition as an attempt to resolve communal conflict.
Over 200 attendees heard five diplomatic and military historians speak on a wide range of topics about the origins, course, and meaning of great power war in China and the Pacific between 1937-1945.
Panelists examined the intersection of geography and politics accounts for Greece’s external relations and to what extent it provides a useful link in understanding Greece’s international position in 1821 and the 21st Century.
Professor Goldstein explains how Britain got to where it is today, the deep history underlying the Brexit decision and the role of Boris Johnson in particular, as well as his thoughts on where the United Kingdom is headed
“China’s increasing focus on military growth is destabilizing the regional balance. Other Pacific countries will therefore feel a potential threat.”
Professor Goldstein and Dean Najam joined fellow diplomats, professors, scientists, prominent public figures, experts, and many more as they presented to young diplomats, future leaders, and decision makers.
Professors Garčević, Erik Goldstein, Hare, Najam, Selin, Storella, and Weinstein took part in UNITAR’s Executive Summer Programme on Innovations in Science Diplomacy, which aims to triangulate education, research and leadership.
Professor Goldstein addresses the global efforts to change the international tax system, the use of COVID-19 vaccines as geopolitical tools, and much more.
“The mystique of monarchy works, sometimes, and Britain has been effective at deploying it as one of the tools in its diplomatic armoury.”
“While many governments have been challenged by the suddenness of the pandemic and its scale, Johnson showed a strong unwillingness to both provide leadership and come to grips with the issues.”
The Festschrift volume demonstrates the immense regard and affection that Professor Goldstein’s written work, teaching, and personal qualities have generated over the course of his more than four decades of sustained and influential scholarship.