What Matters Today is a podcast series from the Graduate Institute, Geneva in which we ask faculty members to comment on current issues impacting, economics, politics, health, and society.
Crisis in Afghanistan
38:38Now that the US has pulled out of Afghanistan and that the Taliban have taken over the country, what does the future of Afghanistan look like? Did any good come out of the last 20 years? And how will this impact the people of Afghanistan? These are some of the questions that are discussed in this episode of What Matters Today. Professor Alessandro Monsutti is the guest for this episode. Professor Monsutti Monsutti became a member of the Graduate Institute faculty in 2010. He has conducted multi-sited research since the mid-1990s in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran to study the modes of solidarity and cooperation mobilised in a situation of conflict and forced migration. He has subsequently broadened the geographical scope of his research to include members of the Afghan diaspora living in Western countries. This led him to analyse war and post-conflict reconstruction in the light of the social networks and economic strategies developed by refugees and migrants, and – more generally – to address theoretical and methodological issues related to globalisation. In addition, he has a book entitled Homo Itinerans (Towards a Global Ethnography of Afghanistan) which can be found by following this link: https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/MonsuttiHomo
19:15Climate change has been at the forefront of environmental discussions lately, but there are other aspects of the environmental crisis, one of the most significant being biodiversity loss. Bill Adams is the Claudio Segré Chair of Conservation and Development as well as Visiting Professor of the Interdisciplinary Programme here at the Institute. He was previously the Moran Professor of Conservation and Development at the University of Cambridge. In his recent publication, Strange Natures, he examines conservation efforts in an era where synthetic biology is becoming established.
Covid-19 Vaccine Diplomacy
18:37The topic of this podcast episode is vaccine diplomacy. The term "vaccine diplomacy" has become more prevalent in the media as the Covid pandemic continues to engulf the globe. Now the world is asking “who maintains the rights to the vaccine patents and how are vaccines distributed and to whom?” But there are a number of intricacies to this sort of diplomacy and it brings to the fore a number of challenges. My guests for this episode are Professors Ilona Kickbusch and Michel Kazatchkine. Professor Ilona Kickbusch is the Founder and Chair of the Graduate Institute’s Global Health Centre and is former Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary Programmes at the Institute. Professor Kickbusch is known throughout the world for her expertise and is a sought after senior adviser and keynote speaker. Professor Michel Kazatchkine is a Senior Fellow at the Global Health Centre. Professor Kazatchkine is also a former Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. He has spent the past 30 years fighting AIDS and working to improve global health as a physician, researcher, advocate, policymaker, diplomat and administrator.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Cities
30:56How will COVID-19 impact cities moving forward? This is the topic of our 11th episode featuring Dennis Rodgers, Research Professor in Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute. Prior to joining the Institute in 2018, Professor Rodgers held appointments at the Universities of Amsterdam, Glasgow, Manchester, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research focuses on issues relating to the dynamics of conflict and violence in cities in Latin America (Nicaragua, Argentina) and South Asia (India), and he is the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded project "Gangs, Gangsters, and Ganglands: Towards a Global Comparative Ethnography".
Arab Spring - 10 years on
18:31The Arab Spring protests started in December 2010. In this episode we examine the impact and legacy of the Arab Spring 10 years on. My guest is Mohamed Mahmoud Mohamedou, Professor of International History and Chair of the International History Department at the Graduate Institute.
Brexit: What Next?
26:54With the Brexit transition period officially ending on 31 December, what will happen next between the UK and the EU? This episode features Cédric Dupont, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, and president of Executive Education at the Graduate Institute. In this episode, Professor Dupont discusses the freedom of movement for people and goods as well as the impact of a “No Deal” Brexit among other topics.
The impact of the US elections on democracy
31:02The topic of this episode is the impact of the upcoming US elections on Democracy and features Professor Shalini Randeria. Professor Randeria is Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology and is director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute. She is also Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and holds the Excellence Chair at the University of Bremen where she runs a research group on soft authoritarianism.
COVID-19 impact on organisational structure and governance
19:21In this third episode of our post-coronavirus series, we look at the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic could have on organisations and governance. Specifically, we examine the effects the pandemic will have on future organisational structures. We also discuss what evolutionary theory can teach us about the global order during and after COVID-19. This episode features Cedric Dupont, Professor of international relations and political science, and president of Executive Education at the Graduate Institute, and Velibor Jakovleski, Head of Research for the Global Governance centre at the Graduate Institute.
The impact of COVID-19 on human rights
32:52Over the past few months, the coronavirus has had a major impact on many different facets of our daily lives. One topic that isn't often addressed however, is the impact the pandemic has, and will continue to have, on human rights. In this second episode of our special series which examines a post coronavirus world, we examine how the pandemic has changed how human rights are viewed and respected, how it is affecting victims of domestic violence, and how it has become a barrier, in some instances, for the exercise of human rights. This episodes features guests from the Graduate Institute's International Law department and include Vincent Chetail, Professor of International Law, Chair of the International Law Department, Director of the Global Migration Centre (Graduate Institute) and President of the Board of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; Andrew Clapham, Professor of International Law, he was the first Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (June 2006 - July 2014). He teaches international human rights law, the laws of war, and public international law; and Stefania Di Stefano, a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute. Her doctoral research focuses on the human rights implications stemming from the role that social media platforms perform in today's society.
Racial injustice and the death of George Floyd
25:47This episode features a discussion about what is happening in the United States at the moment following the death of George Floyd during his arrest by police in Minneapolis last week. This discussion focuses on why this situation continues to happen, what is needed to change it, and is this solely about police brutality or is it about human rights? Mohamed Mahmoud Mohamedou, Professor of International History and Chair of the International History Department at the Graduate Institute and Davide Rodogno, Professor of International History at the Graduate Institute, share their thoughts on this volatile situation.