The Decline of World Order: Causes and Explanations

22 April 2015, 17:00 - 18:30

Law Faculty (LG18)

This event is free and open to all.

Richard Haass (American Diplomat), 2015 Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy, will give a series of three public lectures entitled 'World Order: Its Past, Present, & Prospects' and take part a concluding symposium on Friday 27 April 2015.

Abstract

World order is one of the fundamental concepts of international relations, as well as a lens through which to view and understand global developments and foreign policy choices. The first lecture, on the past, will discuss the concept of world order and trace its evolution and changing elements in the modern era, beginning with the end of the 30 Years War and the Treaty of Westphalia, through the 19th century Concert of Europe that followed the Congress of Vienna, the various breakdowns of order in the late 19th century and first half of the twentieth, the four decades of Cold War, and finally (and in the greatest detail ) the post-Cold War era that has been our reality for some twenty-five years now. The second lecture, on the present state of world order, begins where the previous talk left off, and will focus on the many sources and manifestations of order and disorder in the current period. These first two lectures will be mostly historical and analytical in nature. The third lecture, on prospects for world order, will also be analytical in part, but it will necessarily be prescriptive as well as predictive, suggesting what needs doing if the balance between order and disorder is, over time, to favor the former. 

Events in the series

Humanitas
World Order: Definition and Description
21 April 2015, Law Faculty (LG18)

Lecture by Richard Haass (American Diplomat), 2015 Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy.

The Decline of World Order: Causes and Explanations
22 April 2015, Law Faculty (LG18)

Lecture by Richard Haass (American Diplomat), 2015 Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy.

World Order: What Can be Done?
23 April 2015, Law Faculty (LG18)

Lecture by Richard Haass (American Diplomat), 2015 Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy.

World Order: Its Past, Present & Prospects
24 April 2015, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Concluding symposium with Richard Haass (American Diplomat), 2015 Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy.

For administrative enquiries please email conference@crassh.cam.ac.uk

           

The Humanitas Chair in Statecraft and Diplomacy has been made possible by the generous support of Mrs Angelika Diekmann.

The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Statecraft and Diplomacy aims to bring to Cambridge some of the world's leading practitioners in this general field. Using their personal experience and close engagement in contemporary events, they can provide a vivid and direct insight into vital areas of international affairs, where transparency is rarely available. They will also help to build bridges of interpretation and understanding between the theoreticians of international studies, and those most closely involved in shaping the initiatives and activities of nation states, alliances and international organisations in a period of global dynamism, uncertainty and change. This Visiting Professorship promises to help throw light on a profession famous for its discretion and the practice of its 'dark arts'.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy

2012-13: Gareth Evans (Chancellor of the Australian National University)
2011-12: Helen Clark (Administrator of United Nations Development Programme and Chair of United Nations Development Group; former Prime Minister of New Zealand)

Standing Committee

Christopher Hill (International Studies)
Sir Richard Dearlove (Master, Pembroke College)

Hosting College

Pembroke College