About the Meeting

Multilateralism exists in many forms – with varying global or regional institutional architectures, rules and regulations, reflecting and implementing a set of norms that claim to represent universal values or else more particular values that are said to be somehow “better” than others.  The actors in this complex web include global and regional international/inter-state organizations, national governments operating in informal coalitions or as individual states, private businesses, non-governmental organizations and even individuals acting in their own capacity and with varying resources and degrees of influence. The processes by and through which these actors engage with each other, and in turn help to shape the new contours of these “multiple multilateralisms”, likewise can be varied over time and depending on context. Where the United Nations fits within or relates to these current or newly-emerging forms of multilateralism, what they mean in practice for the role(s) and influence of the UN today and in the future regarding challenges to peace and security, development, climate change and environmental governance, global economic and financial affairs, human rights and other issues will be some of the questions to be explored at the 2011 Annual Meeting.

Plenary Titles
The New Geometry of Summitry: Universal versus Functional Issues Management

Adaptive Leadership and Values for Global Citizenship


Hans Corell 125Keynote Address – Suzanne Nossel 
Deputy Assistant Secretary,Bureau of International Organization Affairs
Suzanne Nossel currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of PEN America, the leading human rights and free expression organization. Since joining in 2013, she has doubled the organization’s staff, budget, and membership, spearheaded the unification with PEN Center USA in Los Angeles and the establishment of a Washington, D.C. office, and overseen groundbreaking work on free expression in Hong Kong and China, Myanmar, Eurasia, and the United States. She is a leading voice on free expression issues in the United States and globally, writing and being interviewed frequently for national and international media outlets. Her prior career spanned government service and leadership roles in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.

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Hans Corell 125

John Holmes Lecture – Bruce W. Jentleson
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Duke University
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).

Video: Multilateralism in a Copernican World