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

 

April 6. Anna Stilz (Professor, Princeton University)

Title: Redistributing Territory

 

April 17. Eli Berman (Professor, University of California, San Diego)

Title: Mostly Deterred: An Episodic Analysis of The Israel-Gaza Conflict


Contact: Ryan Griffiths