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Managing Wicked Problems in the 21st Century

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In the 21st century the boundaries of our cities and nations are becoming ever more porous. In many instances, it’s not clear where a national government’s authority begins and ends and where problems become international in nature. Environmental issues cross borders with impunity. To address national security challenges requires international cooperation and managing health and education deficiencies among the poor and disadvantaged are now international endeavors. 

These large, international problems are increasingly being thought of as wicked problems - complex, boundary-spanning issues which require the engagement of a wide variety of stakeholders in devising multi-faceted solutions. We will explore the nature of wicked problems and what solutions public administration and international relations can offer. We will engage a number of topics, including but not limited to those outlined above.

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.