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June 19-21, 2014 | Kadir Has University | Cibali Campus | Istanbul

923 x 237

Conference Theme

Seventy years after Dumbarton Oaks, as the international community also prepares in one more year to mark the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the 2014 ACUNS Annual Meeting at Kadir Has University offers an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to address a number of questions concerning the health and vitality of contemporary global governance. Across broad and critical themes of global conflict and security resolution, political economy, environment and sustainable development, justice and human rights, social affairs, and multilateral diplomacy, ACUNS members and others are invited to pose their own questions of power and knowledge, agency, architecture, accountability and responsiveness; of strengths, weaknesses, and continuing gaps in global leadership at different levels; of newly emerging or declining norms, practices, and instruments; of institutional and relational adaptation or stasis. What has been achieved, and what appears to have failed, in efforts to provide or promote good global governance processes and outcomes related to issues in these thematic areas? What has not (yet) been attempted? What lessons have been learned from successes and from failures, and what still needs to be learned? Who or what is, or should be, responsible  – multilateral organizations and institutions, states (which ones?), the private sector, NGOs and civil society – and under what conditions? What can or should the UN – as a political body, as an international organization, and as a set of ideas and values – reasonably be expected to accomplish in providing global governance leadership? What are the viable alternatives, if any? You are invited to discuss these, and many other challenging issues, at the 2014 ACUNS Annual Meeting.