Robert Cox is professor emeritus of Political Science at York University and was ACUNS Chair between 1989-1992. He is currently at the Balsillie School of International Affairs working on his memoirs. This podcast begins by discussing the founding of ACUNS in 1987 and what the world was like during this time, specifically regarding how issues between the North and South were becoming more prominent. When Cox was Chair, he decided to move more purposefully into issues that international organizations were facing and his own courses focused more on international political economy rather than international organization. He discusses the relationship between military and economic powers in the world today as well as in the past. Cox claims that through his travels he has become more sensitive to the diversity of values, and to the fact that people from different historical origins need to be respected because they have experienced different situations. Cox concludes by saying that we urgently need a cooperative world order where there is wide diversity in power, ideas, and principles of order.
- Robert Cox presenting “The Decline of the West Revisited: Future World Order and the Dialogue of Civilizations”
- Production, Power and World History (1987)
- The Political Economy of a Plural World: Critical Reflections on Power, Morals and Civilization (2002)
- Robert Cox on Theory Talks
Robert Cox, Background
Robert W. Cox, is professor emeritus of political science at York University. In 1946, Cox graduated with a Masters degree in history from McGill University. In 1947, he joined the staff of the International Labour Office (ILO) in Montreal and moved with it to Geneva, Switzerland the following year. His career with the ILO lasted twenty-five years in the course of which he served as chief de cabinet to Director-General David A. Morse and subsequently as Assistant Director-General and Director of the International Institute of Labour Studies. After leaving the ILO in 1972, he was appointed a professor of international organization at Columbia University. In 1977 he returned to Canada as professor of political science at York University, Toronto. His writings examine multilateralism, international political economy, world order, civil society and civilizations.