UNU Conversation Series

UNU Conversation Series

The UNU Conversation Series provides a unique public platform for influential experts, world leaders and respected scholars and authors to share personal insights on contemporary global affairs, politics, and media. Held in Tokyo at UNU headquarters, the Conversations are hosted and moderated by UNU Rector and UN Under-Secretary-General David M. Malone. The events are free and open to the public, and offer a distinctly cordial atmosphere allowing the audience to engage with featured guests, ask questions and share their ideas, both during the Conversations and at casual receptions that follow each event.

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Recent Conversations

Prof. Simon Chesterman

Prof. Simon Chesterman
“Asia’s Ambivalence Towards International Law”

 

Professor Simon Chesterman and UNU Rector David M. Malone explored the factors contributing to Asia’s relative ambivalence towards international law and institutions, and how this uncertainty shapes the roles of Asian countries in addressing global challenges ranging from climate change and financial system reform to the protection of human rights.

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Dr. Thant Myint-U

Dr. Thant Myint-U
“Accelerated Nation: Myanmar in an Age of Reform”

 

Dr. Thant Myint-U and UNU Rector David M. Malone discussed modern Myanmar in the context of its recent sociopolitical history and current reforms. The conversation provided an overview of Myanmar’s historic moments and in-depth perspective on the complex connections between ongoing peace negotiations, debates on the country’s economic future, surging urban development, and the prospects for democracy.

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Graciana del Castillo

Graciana del Castillo
“From Failed Interventions to a New Economic Strategy for Afghanistan”

 

Within the context of Graciana del Castillo’s new book, Guilty Party: The International Community in Afghanistan, del Castillo and UNU Rector David M. Malone discussed how to help Afghanistan break free from conflict and aid dependence and move toward a virtuous future of genuine investment, rural development, employment and improved livelihoods.

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Candid Interviews

Pre-Event Video

For those unable to attend the Conversations in Tokyo, pre-event video interviews offer concise perspectives on the topics discussed at the public events.

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