Talks and Lectures

Global Governance Series: "The Role of the UN in Global Affairs: Why are UN Reforms Necessary?”

At the first round table of the Global Governance Series this fall, current Ambassadors of United Nations Missions will discuss the role of the UN in managing global affairs and the potential for reforming the UN.
Participants:
H.E. Ambassador Michael Mlynar, Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the Work of the UN General Assembly;

The Putin Exodus and Its Implications for Russia and the West

Human capital is fleeing Russia. Since President Vladimir Putin’s ascent to the presidency, between 1.6 and 2 million Russians – out of a total population of 145 million – have left for Western democracies. This emigration sped up with Putin’s return as president in 2012, followed by a weakening economy and growing repressions. It soon began to look like a politically driven brain drain, causing increasing concern among Russian and international observers.

“Primo Levi’s Homecoming, 1945-46: The Need to Bear Witness.”

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Primo Levi’s birth. To celebrate the centenary of Italy’s revered and beloved survivor/witness of the Shoah, Yale will host Levi’s biographer, Ian Thomson, who will speak about how the author came to write his first great book, Se questo è un uomo (published in the U.S. as Survival in Auschwitz, and in the U.K. as If This Is a Man, the literal rendering of the Italian title).

Henry L. Stimson Lectures on World Affairs: Britain and Europe in a Troubled World with Vernon Bogdanor

“Never Closer Union. Does the EU Have a Future?”

Vernon Bogdanor is a frequent contributor to TV, radio, and the press. In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award by the Political Studies Association for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. His books include Devolution; The People and the Party System: The Referendum and Electoral Reform in British Politics; Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution; Power and the People: A Guide to Constitutional Reform; Devolution in the United Kingdom; The New British Constitution; and The Coalition and the Constitution.

Henry L. Stimson Lectures on World Affairs: Britain and Europe in a Troubled World with Vernon Bogdanor

“Brexit means Brexit. Britain out of Europe.”

Vernon Bogdanor is a frequent contributor to TV, radio, and the press. In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award by the Political Studies Association for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. His books include Devolution; The People and the Party System: The Referendum and Electoral Reform in British Politics; Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution; Power and the People: A Guide to Constitutional Reform; Devolution in the United Kingdom; The New British Constitution; and The Coalition and the Constitution.

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