The International Studies Public Forum (ISPF) presents

“Taking Paternalism Seriously”
with Michael Barnett, George Washington University

Thursday, December 2, 2010
3:30-5:00 p.m. 
Social Science Plaza A, Room 1100 

Michael Barnett is a University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Macalester College, Wellesley College, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Barnett teaches and does research on international relations, international organizations, humanitarian action, the United Nations, and the politics of the Middle East. His dissertation won the 1991 APSA's Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics and the book based on his dissertation, Confronting the Costs of War: Military Power, State and Society in Egypt and Israel (Princeton, 1992), won the ISA's Quincy Wright award. His other major books are Dialogues in Arab Politics: Negotiations in Regional Order (Columbia University Press, 1998); Security Communities (Cambridge University Press, 1998), which he co-edited with Emanuel Adler; Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2002), which was a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title; and, with Martha Finnemore, Rules for the World: International Organizations in World Politics (Cornell University Press, 2004), which won both the ISA's Best Book of the Year Award and the Chadwick Alger Best Book on International Organizations Award; and, Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, and Ethics (Cornell University Press, 2008), which he co-edited with Tom Weiss. His scholarly writings have appeared in major professional journals, including International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, World Politics, and Cultural Anthropology. From 1993 to 1994, Barnett was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow at the U.S. mission to the United Nations and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Currently, he is working on several projects related to humanitarianism and directing a Luce Foundation-funded project on religion and humanitarianism.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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