Call for Papers
Workshop Panel Papers and Presentations

About the Meeting
One of the most striking developments of the last 20 years is the redistribution of power in the International system. While the United States remains powerful in many domains, states with burgeoning economic and/or military might, sometimes combined with regional influence, are demanding our attention.

  • What does this shifting power distribution mean for multilateral cooperation?
  • What are these states demanding of the UN, its affiliated agencies, and regional partners?
  • How are these entities responding?
  • In what ways are multilateral institutions vehicles and/or obstacles to small island states like Trinidad or to emergent powers like Brazil?
  • To the degree that newly powerful states might seek to influence the direction of the UN system, what form might this take?
  • Which issues might small, middle, and emerging states emphasize in the multilateral system and with what effects?
  • What role do private and civil society actors play in this activity?
  • What role do regional groupings, like the Organization of American States, Association of Caribbean States and CARICOM, play?

The ACUNS Annual Meeting will address these overarching thematic questions, while giving special attention to the challenges of migration, security, regional prosperity and development, energy, and environmental sustainability in the Caribbean context. In addition to our host, the Institute of International Relations at UWI, we are pleased to be working with local partners representing the UN Association of Trinidad and Tobago; the regional office of the UN Development Program; the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; the Association of Caribbean States; the regional UN Information Center and International Labor Organization, among others. Trinidad is host to the 5th Summit of  the Americas meeting in April 2009 and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November 2009. The ACUNS conference falls between these two, providing an excellent opportunity to reflect on themes emerging in the two summit contexts

Hans Corell 125Keynote Speaker: Len Ishmael

Len Ishmael is a St. Lucian development planner and geographer who was the Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States from 12 May 2003 until the end of December 2013. She holds a first degree in geography and economics from the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, and a doctorate in urban planning and development economics from the University of Philadelphia.



Hans Corell 125John Holmes Lecture: Thomas Weiss 

He is a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, where he previously served as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute (now Sanford School) of Public Policy. He is a leading scholar of American foreign policy and has served in a number of U.S. policy and political positions. In 2015-16 he was the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress. He also served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore in his 2000 presidential campaign, in the Clinton administration State Department (1993-94), and as a foreign policy aide to Senators Gore (1987-88) and Dave Durenberger (1978-79). He also has served on a number of policy commissions, most recently the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Working Group co-chaired by Madeleine Albright (2011-13).