Class of 1963 Panel and Discussion...Barbara Sundberg Baudot, John Beyer and Robert Legvold offer their insights on topics of the day
Barbara Sundberg Baudot, F63 -
"Is there a place for “Nature” in the international political discourse?" Since the 1960’s the term nature has made few appearances in the international political conversation. It has subtly morphed into environment and redressed as ecosystems, biosphere, and biodiversity. Beginning in 2005, the United Nations has cautiously reintroduced “nature” in discrete contexts separated from the grand debates on environment and development. Why “environment” and not “nature”? What is the significance and what are the consequences of this perplexing shift in terminology? How would reintroducing nature as a key consideration in international politics change the outcome for the integrity of life on the planet?
John Beyer, F63 -
“Schizophrenia Rules the European Community.” Much of my work as an economist has been on completion (antitrust) policy, and particularly civilian (private) recovery. The EC is an energetic public regulator but with experience on several private competition cases in Europe, I have concluded that private recovery is practically impossible Thus, schizophrenia rules while consumers lose.
Robert Legvold, F63 -
"The United States and Russia: Why Can't We Just Get Along:" Nearly a quarter of a century after the Cold War, US-Russian relations continue to seesaw between periods of progress and cooperation only to be followed by sequels of frustration and tension. To stimulate your thinking, let me offer a few thoughts on why this has been so, and what needs to happen to break the cycle. There is, however, a prior question--does it matter? Should we care? And that too we can discuss.