“The Changing International Order and the Risk of Conflict’’, a Conversation with Dr Bruce Jones

, ,

  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•03•28    18:30 - 19:30

    On 28 March 2016, UNU will host “The Changing International Order and the Risk of Conflict’’, a conversation with Dr Bruce Jones, vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he is also a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 28 March at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The past decade has seen a dramatic shift in the global balance of economic power, which has begun to shape the balance of political and military power. There is an intensification of geopolitical competition in Asia and Europe, and a return to proxy war in the Middle East.

    Dr Bruce Jones will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring how the international order can withstand these challenges and how the international system might respond. The discussion will introduce the global architecture that evolved in the post-cold war era, question whether it is capable of containing great power conflict, and consider the prospects for international conflict management — including through the UN — to adapt to new geopolitical realities.

    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 27 March) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the Speaker

    Dr Bruce Jones is vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution and a senior fellow with the Institution’s Project on International Order and Strategy. He is also a consulting professor at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and chair of the advisory council of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.

    Dr Jones’ current research focuses on US strategy, international order, and the emerging powers. His most recent book on the topic is Still Ours to Lead: America, Rising Powers, and the Tension between Rivalry and Restraint (Brookings Institution Press, 2014).

    Dr Jones has extensive experience and expertise on intervention and crisis management. He served in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, and was special assistant to the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process.

    He has also served in advisory positions for the US State Department and the World Bank on fragile states, including as senior external advisor for the World Bank’s World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security and Development. Dr Jones was also a senior advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on UN reform and served as deputy research director to the UN’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, as well as lead scholar for the International Task Force on Global Public Goods.

    Dr Jones is one of Washington’s most kinetic and respected actors on international relations. He holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics, and was Hamburg Fellow in Conflict Prevention at Stanford University.


    2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925