Public lecture: David Armitage (Harvard University): TREATIES IN DANGER? CONTEMPORARY CRISES OF INTERNATIONAL ORDER IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE.
David Armitage (Harvard University): TREATIES IN DANGER? CONTEMPORARY CRISES OF INTERNATIONAL ORDER IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE.
The rise of political populism in Europe and the United States, together with its accompanying nationalism and isolationism, has generated widespread apprehension that instability and division at the national level are scaling up to unsettle the international realm as well. The symptoms seem to be widespread: the Trump administration's withdrawal from international agreements; Russia's invasion of Crimea; Brexit; even a failed referendum in Switzerland to prefer "Swiss law over foreign judges": all seem to indicate a crisis of the so-called "rules-based international order". The ligaments of that order are treaties--the ties that bind international actors together in webs of trust and obligation. But where did the idea that treaties could create order come from? And what is the relation of treaties to various forms of disorder, such as empire, power politics, and the supremacy of the state over the individual and other competing actors? This lecture traces ideas of treaty-making and treaty-breaking over the centuries to place contemporary concerns in long-range historical perspective.
David Armitage (Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University; Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin) is a leading intellectual historian of our era and the founder of a new disciplinary sub-field conceptualised by Armitage as ‘international intellectual history’. He has published as an author or editor 17 books including “The Ideological Origins of the British Empire” (2000), “The Declaration of Independence: A Global History” (2007), “Foundations of Modern International Thought” (2013), “The History Manifesto” (with Jo Guldi, 2014) and “Civil Wars: A History in Ideas” (2017).
The public lecture takes place Thursday, May 16 at 16.15 at the University Hall, Ülikooli 18. The lecture is organised by the Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics and the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies.
The lecture has been supported by the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (European Union, European Regional Development Fund) and is related to research projects IUT20-5 and IUT20-39 (Estonian Ministry of Education and Research).
All are welcome!