Thematic Series

Remapping IR

Remapping IR is an occasional series of talks on alternative perspectives to power, states, and the international system. Jointly sponsored by the Department of Government and the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown, the goal of this series is to showcase the diversity of cutting-edge approaches that exist to understand global politics. At the same time, it intends to broaden the intellectual discussion on who, how and what matters for international affairs.


"Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Relations" with J.P. Singh, George Mason University, April 18th 2017

"Gender, War, and Conflict" with Laura Sjoberg, University of Florida, February 27th, 2017

"Imagining World Politics" with L.H.M. Ling, The New School, January 23rd, 2017

"White World Order, Black Power Politics" with Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania, October 13th, 2016

"Queer International Relations" with Cynthia Weber, Sussex University, September 12th, 2016


In the News

This series highlights current events and issues in international relations. With speakers from both academia and the policy sector, discussions cover different sides of the topics that are in the papers and in the news.


"North Korea" with Robert Galluci, Michael Green, Oriana Mastro, and Abraham Newman, October 10th, 2017


“Brexit” with Jeff Anderson, Kathleen McNamara, and Abraham Newman, April 10th, 2017

“Trump, Russia, and National Security” with Paul Pillar and Colin Kahl, February 21, 2017


“Politics of Star Wars” with Daniel Nexon, January 20th, 2016

“Conversation with Marc Busch on the TPP Deal” with Marc Busch and Kathleen McNamara, October 13th, 2015

“Migration” with Susan Martin, Rochelle Davis, Dan Keleman and Kathleen McNamara, October 5th, 2015


“Why We Get Things Wrong: Reflections on the Inevitable and the Avoidable in Intelligence” with Robert Jervis, Paul Pillar and Elizabeth Arsenault, April 9th, 2015

“Iran Project” with Ambassador William Leurs (Columbia), Paul Pillar (GU), Robin Wright (Princeton), and Barbara Bodine, January 14, 2015


"Ukraine" with Charles King, Kathleen McNamara, and Angela Stent, March 25, 2014

"Democracy Under Fire? Egypt, Turkey, and Brazil" with Charles King, James Vreeland, Diana Kapiszewski, September 4, 2013


"Having it All: Work/Life Balance," Georgetown Faculty and Spouses, April 17, 2013

"In the News: Syria," Dan Byman, Mark Lagon and Joseph Sassoon, Georgetown University October 4, 2012

"Sports Diplomacy: Olympics," Victor Cha (Georgetown) Cynthia Gire (SportsUnited), Andrei Markovits (University of Michigan), September 1, 2012 


"Debate: Time to Attack Iran?" Matthew Kroenig and Colin Kahl, Georgetown University, March 19, 2012

"In the News: North Korea," Victor Cha, Mike Green, Ji-Young Lee, Paul Pillar, January 18, 2012

"Implications of the 'Bread and Peace' Model for the 2012 US Elections: What are Obama's Re-election Prospects?" Douglas Hibbs, November 18, 2011

"Panel Discussion: Realidad Argentina 2012," November 9, 2011

"Libya: The Challenge of State Building and the Role of the International Community," Joseph P. Saba, World Bank, November 3, 2011

"The War on Terrorism: The Next Ten Years," Georgetown Faculty Panelists, September 9, 2011

Global Governance

The Mortara Center for International Studies and the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program present the Global Governance Speaker Series. A host of critical challenges--economic, social, environmental, political--cross borders and challenge national governments and multilateral institutions like never before. How should we respond to these policy challenges? How can we forge effective solutions? Will the key actors, institutions and legal structures of the twenty first century be transformed in the process? Please join us for a multidisciplinary exploration of these issues with some of the world's leading scholars.

The series is chaired by Kathleen McNamara, Director, Mortara Center for International Studies, and Associate Professor, Government Department and Erik Voeten, Peter F. Krogh Associate Professor of Geopolitics and Global Justice, International Relations Field Chair and Associate Professor, Government Department.

The lectures will be held in the main conference room of the Mortara Building, located at 3600 N Street, NW.


"ICANN and Global Internet Governance: Challenges and Opportunities in 2014" with Michael Nelson, James Lewis, and Christopher Mondini, April 17, 2014


"President's and the Creation of the American Era" with Joseph Nye, Harvard University, March

"The Path to Ending Extreme Poverty: The New Rules of the Road for Development Cooperation" with Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, March 20, 2013

'Rising Powers and Global Governance: Conservatives, Reformers, or Revolutionaries?' with Miles Kahler, Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations at IR/PS and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego, January 31, 2013


"Getting Real: Piloting and Financing the Health Impact Fund" with Thomas Pogge, Yale University, March 29, 2012

"Should We Worry About the Framentation of International Law?" with Jeffrey Dunoff Temple University, March 13, 2012

"Smallpox Eradication and the Rise of Global Governance" with Erez Manela, Harvard University, December 5, 2011

"International Paternalism: Three Cheers?" with Michael Barnett, George Washington University, November 16, 2011

Culture and Politics Speaker Series

The Mortara Center’s Culture and Politics Series examines the influential relationship between cultural activities and political life. From literature to movies to art to sports, culture influences politics and politics influence the tone of culture. Join us for discussions on these relevant and interesting topics.


"One Mic: Revolution, Diplomacy, and the Global Sound of Hip-Hop" with Ambassador Cynthia Schneider, April 10, 2014


"Culture, Cultural Training and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University, April 10, 2013

"The Geography of Bliss," Eric Weiner, Mortara Visiting Researcher, February 6, 2013

CULP Film Screening: The Network, with Eva Orner and Saad Mohseni, January 13, 2013

"Music, Politics, Women and the Future of Pakistan," Zeb and Haniya, Pakistani Musicians, September 10, 2012


"Wham! Bam! Islam!" Film Screening with Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, April 19, 2012

"The Little Book of Terror," Daisy Rockwell, February 29, 2012

"Qarantina," Film Screening with Oday Rasheed, January 30, 2012

"The Revolution in Egypt and in Film," Khaled Abol Naga, November 1, 2011

"How Comedy Took on Islamophobia," Comedian Dean Obeidallah, September 23, 2011