Global Citizen Dialogues: Shifting Architecture in Global Systems


Join us for a discussion of recent changes to the global structure, with a focus on the traditional great powers which have large political, economic and military influence in the world system.

The main topics for this session include the economic, technological and military edges of the United States, multiple European countries and Japan, the dividing environment, and strategies in responding to changing global dynamics.

After the financial crisis in 2008, the traditional great powers appeared to be in a state of dramatic economic decline. Current issues like Brexit and Trump’s presidency seem to divide the great powers into more separate parts and largely weaken the global competitiveness of these countries, both economically and with regard to their military dominance.

As a response to the changing global architecture, this discussion will include possible reactions that these countries have taken and could take to better protect their global competitiveness and to sustain their political leadership positions.

When: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 6:30-9 pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required

This event is presented by the Hart House Senior Members Committee.


Guest Speakers

Professor Robert Austin (Europe Aspect)
Robert Austin is an Associate Professor at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Munk School of Global Affairs. He is a specialist on East Central and Southeastern Europe in historic and contemporary perspective. In the past, Austin was a Tirana-based correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; a Slovak-based correspondent with The Economist Group of Publications; and a news writer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. Austin has written articles for The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Southeast European Times, Orbis, East European Politics and Societies and East European Quarterly along with numerous book chapters and two books published separately in Tirana and Prishtina. He has lectured widely in Europe and North America and was a Guest Professor in 2009 – 2010 at the University of Graz’s Centre for Southeast European Studies. His most recent book, “Founding a Balkan State”, was published with the University of Toronto Press in October 2012. At CERES, he coordinates the Undergraduate European Studies Program, the Hellenic Studies Program and the Hungarian Studies Program.

Professor Ryan Hurl (U.S. Aspect)
Ryan Hurl is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science. He received his doctorate from Cornell University and is the author of Judicial Power and Institutional Constraints. He is a specialist on Comparative Public Law, Constitutional Theory and Political Development in Canada and the United States.


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