“The Future of International Order”, a Conversation with Prof. Stephen Stedman


  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•11•29    18:30 - 19:30

    On 29 November 2016, UNU will host “The Future of International Order”, a conversation with Professor Stephen Stedman, deputy director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The last three decades have seen the greatest creation of wealth and alleviation of poverty that the world has ever experienced, with real progress being achieved in food security, health, and education. Yet, one would be hard-pressed to know these facts because a powerful counter-narrative is ascendant: one of disorder, chaos, and violence. This powerful narrative feeds the single greatest threat to the current cooperative international order: the rise of nationalist populism in Europe and the United States. In this context, can we expect democratic governments to support and pursue economic and security cooperation? Or will the political forces of nationalism lead to a rejection of the international cooperation needed for peace and prosperity?

    Stephen Stedman will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring the current cooperative international order. He will discuss how it is positioned to support democratic governments and face the political forces of nationalism currently garnering more power and interests in different parts of the world.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 28 November) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Stephen Stedman is the deputy director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. At CDDRL, he directs the Project on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective, which examines the sources and extent of polarisation and paralysis in Western democracies.

    From 2010 to 2012 Prof Stedman served as the director of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security, a body of eminent individuals tasked with developing recommendations for promoting and protecting the integrity of elections.

    In 2005 Prof Stedman served as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He worked with governments to adopt recommendations proposed by the UN High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change for strengthening collective security, and implemented changes within the UN Secretariat, including the creation of the Peacebuilding Support Office, the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, and the Policy Committee to act as a cabinet to the Secretary-General. From 2003 to 2004 Prof Stedman was the research director of the Panel.

    Prof Stedman has written widely on transnational threats and international security. His current work explores the historical development of the concept of security, and how its meanings have changed over time. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Stanford University. He and his wife, Corinne Thomas, are resident fellows in Crothers Hall — Stanford’s academic residence themed around global citizenship.


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