Global Democracy & Governance

As the world becomes more interdependent, it is valuable to think about new ways in which global affairs could be managed. How might the international process of consensus-building change in the future? What's fair? What's truly representative? In the future, how could the concerns that impact every person on the planet be addressed with greater coherence and coordination at a global level? Global democracy, world government, and world federalism are some of the terms and concepts used in considering how we might govern ourselves more effectively on a global level.

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July 18, 2014 - 1:00pm EDT
In Canada, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire is a household name. When asked in elementary school to write a composition on a Canadian Hero, students invariably gnash their teeth in frustration as they find themselves presenting eight or nine identical essays on the famed commander of the ill-fated 1994 UNAMIR mission in Rwanda. In his bestselling Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, Dallaire [...] Read More
July 17, 2014 - 1:00pm EDT
Cell phones have facilitated access to health care for millions of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mobile applications are enhancing government accountability with respect to sexual violence. Social media is augmenting disaster response and emergency management. Digital technology has drastically impacted some of the most routine facets of our lives. Beyond this new threshold of interconnectedness, we should [...] Read More
Egyptian women demonstrating in Cairo's Tahrir Square
July 17, 2014 - 10:00am EDT
I never would have imagined that my 2010 summer in Egypt would change the trajectory of my life. However, my time there gave me critical exposure to social inequities in "Pre-Arab Spring" Cairo. It was there that I discovered my passion for social justice and the strength of global cooperation.   Six months later, it was at that same Tahrir Square that I passed every day in which thousands mobilized to demand change in [...] Read More