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Governance, Security, and State Fragility

November 11, 2015 |  12:15:00  |  Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.123

On November 11, 2015, Ellen Laipson, distinguished fellow and president emeritus of the Stimson Center, delivered a public talk to UT faculty and students discussing the challenges of governance, security, and fragile states. She delivered the findings of a report by the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance supported jointly by the Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Stimson Center. More details on the Commission’s report can be found here.

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During her presentation, Ms. Laipson outlined the dynamics of increasingly flexible and inclusive definitions of governance, while also mapping out the various levels and conceptions of security that exist beyond state-centric notions of national security. She discussed the Stimson’s Center efforts to significantly broaden the research agenda of traditional security studies to include issues such as climate change.

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The presentation detailed how issues of sovereignty intersect with security concerns and outlined the ways in which sub-national or supra-national  political units are often times the most relevant governance actors with respect to the security challenges of the 21st century.

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While at UT, Ms. Laipson also attended a Brumley Fellowship breakfast colloquium where she reflected on her career in government and offered her take on both the constraints and opportunities of working within the global think tank landscape. She was hosted by Brumley Graduate Fellows Syedah Aroob Iqbal (MGPS) and Sam Tabory (MA/MSCRP).

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