The Return of Geopolitics
University of Arizona, April 4-5, 2016
An International Conference Sponsored by the World Society Foundation
The forces of globalization seem to be giving way to those of geopolitics. And while it is still important to focus on what is common to the global community, we are also compelled to try and understand those shifting tectonic forces that are drawing the world back to geopolitical tensions epitomized by the Russian annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the continuing disorder and migrant crises in the Middle East, and disputes over islands, atolls, and air space in the South and East China Seas. There are, obviously, many other examples.
Return of Geopolitics seeks to provide a forum for experts from different countries and disciplines to meet, exchange views, and assess the extent to which today’s geopolitical resurrection of boundaries has eclipsed yesterday’s de-bordering globalization processes. The conference will also consider the implications of this rise of geopolitics for future international tension, conflict, and war.
Several panels and talks will focus on issues related to the Middle East and North Africa. For more information click here to see the confrence's program.
The main sponsor of the conference is the World Society Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland). In addition the conference is supported by the International Studies Association and the School of Sociology, University of Arizona. For more information on the World Society Foundation and its activities, please check out the web site:http://www.worldsociety.ch/.