On January 22-23, 2014 One Earth co-hosted the first of an annual workshop series in partnership with the journal, Global Governance, and the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan. This workshop focused on the question of “Weak States & Strong Societies in World Politics,” or what happens in areas characterized by a weak central state and strong non-state organizations and systems of decision-making. The outcomes of the event, designed to support the policy impact of Global Governance, will generate an edited volume and a policy-focused conference report.

“The discussion over the two days of the event was wide-ranging, bringing in case studies and analysis from countries around the world. I believe that the results of this discussion will provide a starting point for scholars and policymakers interested in the unique challenges posed by regions with strong societies but weak central states.” Conor Seyle, associate director of research and development, OEF.

The workshop was convened by Professor Amin Saikal of Austalian National University and participants included:

• Christopher Bickerton, University Lecturer, Cambridge University
• Karima Laachir, Senior Lecturer, University of London
• Kiril Nourzhanov, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australia National University
• Maria Pi Rigirozzi, Assistant Professor, University of Southhampton
• Carlyle Thayer, Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy
• Jan Wouters, Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies
• Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University (presenting in absentia)
• Vesselin Popovski, Senior Academic Programme Officer at United Nations
• Jide Okeke, Senior Civilian and Operations Officer, Peace and Security Development, African Union Commission

Global Governance: A review of Multilateralism and International Organizations is an academic quarterly journal published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in association with Academic Council on the United Nations System.

News Release Source: One Earth Future