International Cooperation in the National Interest: In Defense of the Multilateral System, April 22 and 23, 2019

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March 30, 2021

Mo​nday, April 22

Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Lecture Hall, Yale Art Gallery 1:30 to 5:00 pm

Session One: Threats to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, specifically the Paris Agreement — 1:30 to 3:30

Mary Robinson (by video)
President, Mary Robinson Foundation: Climate Justice; First Female President of Ireland, 1990-1997; United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997-2002; Chair, The Elders

Todd Stern
Chief US Climate Negotiator for the Paris Agreement; Special Envoy for Climate Change, US State Department; Senior Fellow on Climate Change, Brookings Institution

Kevin Rudd
President, Asia Society Policy Institute; Prime Minister of Australia, 2007-2010, 2013; Foreign Minister of Australia, 2010-2012

Moderator: Matthew Kotchen
Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, of Management, and of Economics

Session Two: Threats to the Multilateral Trading System — 3:45 to 5:00

Carla Hills
US Trade Representative, 1989-1993; Primary US negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 1975-1977

Ernesto Zedillo 
Director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; President of Mexico 1994-2000; Implemented NAFTA in Mexico

Bernard Hoekman
Director of Global Economics, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Milan; Former Director, International Trade Department, The World Bank

Moderator: Samuel Kortum
James Burrows Moffatt Professor of Economics and Professor of Management, Yale University

Tuesday, April 23

Linsly Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, Room 102 1:30 to 5:00

Session Three: Threats to Nuclear Weapons, Disarmament and Nonproliferation — 1:30 to 3:30

Michael Krepon 
Co-founder and Senior Fellow, the Stimson Center; directs Stimson’s programming on nuclear and space issues

Nikolai Sokov
Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Yan Xuetong
Dean, Institute of Modern International Relations, Tsinghua University; Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Journal of International Politics

George Perkovich
Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Chair and Vice President for Studies overseeing the Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Moderator: Alexandre Debs
Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Session Four: Threats to the United Nations System — 3:45 to 5:00

The Kofi Annan Lecture in Defense of Multilateralism. Would the World Be Better Without the UN?

Thomas G. Weiss
Presidential Professor, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

With Introduction and Comments by: Paul Kennedy
J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History; Founding Director, International Security Studies; Distinguished Fellow, Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy

With thanks for their support to:

The Skoll Foundation

The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund

Yale International Relations Association (YIRA)

Download full program here.