'Can the World Be Governed?' panel imagines common global vision

May 4, 2023

The institutional and the moral foundations of the international order are under severe strain: peace is broken or threatened across the world and humanitarian catastrophes are mounting. On Thursday, Apr. 13, three distinguished thinkers asked how — and though which institutions and by means of which arguments — a common global vision might be regenerated. 

The panelists were Oona Hathaway, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, visiting professor of University Center for Human Values and Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, and Jia Qingguo, professor at the School of International Studies, Peking University.

The event was introduced by G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs and director of Reimagining World Order (RWO), and Deborah Yashar, Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) served as chair. 

"Can the World Be Governed" was organized by RWO, a PIIRS-funded international research community that seeks to foster debate and collaboration among a diverse range of scholars over the character and future of global order. RWO's goal is to enliven scholarly and public thinking about possible “future world orders” by exploring the history, politics and theory of international order.