Sovereignty, Order, and Conflict 

The relationship between sovereignty, order, and conflict and the challenges to this relationship are important topics in international life. Although sovereign states are the primary actors in world politics, they do not always possess sovereign reach or maintain political order across their territories. Zones of conflict, informal control, and uncertain rule exist both within states and across borders. Terrorist networks, rebel insurgencies, and crime syndicates are all examples of forms of order that begin where sovereign control ends. The purpose behind this multidisciplinary seminar series is to explore the latest research on these themes that cut across the social sciences. The working group will not only involve faculty and doctoral students from various departments at Syracuse University, but will also take a multi-method approach to these challenges. 


Seminar Series (2019-20)


September 9. Megan Stewart (Assistant Professor, American University)

Title: Governing for Revolution


October 28. Gladys McCormick (Associate Professor, Syracuse University)

Title: Mexico’s Open Secret: From the Dirty War to the Drug War

 

November 18. Hein Goemans (Associate Professor, Rochester University)

Title: War From the Ground Up

 

January 27. Corri Zoli (Associate Professor, Syracuse University)

Title: The Return of Sovereignty in International Law

 

February 10. Mona Bhan (Associate Professor, Syracuse University)

Title: Infrastructures of Occupation: Dams, Development, and the Politics of Integration in Kashmir

 

February 24. David Skarbek (Associate Professor, Brown University)

Title: The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World


Seminar Series (2020-21)


September 14. Stuart Brown (Professor, Syracuse University) and Margaret Hermann (Professor, Syracuse University)

Title: Transnational Crime and Black Spots: Rethinking Sovereignty and the Global Economy


September 25. Alexander Cooley (Professor, Barnard College) and Daniel Nexon (Professor, Georgetown University)

Title: Exit from Hegemony: The Unraveling of the American Global Order


October 8. Jacob Mundy (Associate Professor, Colgate University)

Title: Making Hegemony in the Middle East


October 19. Anna Stilz (Professor, Princeton University)

Title: Redistributing Territory?


November 6. Hendrik Spruyt (Professor, Northwestern University)

Title: The World Imagined: Collective Beliefs and Political Order in the Sinocentric, Islamic and Southeast Asian International Societies 


Contact: Ryan Griffiths