Colloquium Lecturers and Advisers

FALL 2021

Thursday, September 9

First Day of Class - EPIIC Orientation

Lecturer: Professor Williams


Tuesday, September 14

Climate Change: “Code Red for Humanity”

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists
Rachel Cleetus is the policy director with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She leads the program’s efforts in designing effective and equitable policies to address climate change, and advocating for their implementation. Dr. Cleetus is an expert in policies to promote clean energy and drive deep cuts in heat-trapping emissions from the power sector, including carbon pricing and complementary sector-based policies. She also does research on the risks and costs of climate impacts and is an expert on policies to promote climate resilience. She has co-authored numerous reports and articles including the recent UCS reports Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate; Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas Building Resilience for Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change; and The US Power Sector in a Net Zero World: Analyzing pathways for deep carbon reductions. She brings nearly twenty years of experience working on US climate and clean energy policies. She is also an expert on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process and has been attending international climate negotiations since 2009. Prior to joining UCS, she worked as a consultant for the World Wildlife Fund, conducting policy-focused research on the links between sustainable development, trade, and ecosystems in Asia and Africa. She also worked for Tellus Institute in the energy and environment program.


Thursday, September 16

Global Governance: The Idea and Reality

Guest Lecturer: Professor Craig Murphy, Wellesley College
Craig N. Murphy is the Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. He has been a researcher at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the United Nations, where he directed a project that aimed to recover the history of the UN system’s work throughout the developing world. He is the co-author of America’s Quest for Supremacy and the Third World, and the author of International Organizations and Industrial Change: Global Governance since 1850 and UNDP: A Better Way? At Wellesley, he has been the co-director of the International Relations and the Peace and Justice Studies Programs, chair of Political Science, and acting chair of Africana Studies. He has also been president of the International Studies Association and the chair of the Academic Council on the UN System.


Tuesday, September 21

Global Environmental Governance

Guest Lecturer: Professor Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Maria Ivanova is an international relations and environmental policy scholar. She is Associate Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Director of the PhD and MA programs in global governance and human security. She is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Collective Intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Ivanova was appointed for a four-year term to the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) in 2021. Ivanova’s work focuses on the performance of international institutions, implementation of international environmental agreements, and sustainability. She works closely with national governments, UN agencies, and convention secretariats in providing an academic perspective into their international environmental governance work. She has studied the United Nations Environment Programme and the international efforts on climate change. Currently, she studies national performance on global environmental conventions. Prof. Ivanova’s book, The Untold Story of the World's Leading Environmental Institution: UNEP at Fifty, was included in “12 new books with fresh approaches to act on climate change” by Yale Climate Communications in January 2021, in “7 must-read books” list on environment by the World Economic Forum in March 2021, and was #1 in new releases on environmental and natural resource law on Amazon for 1 week upon release in February 2021. In May, 2021, Prof. Ivanova launched the UNEP at 50 Dialogue Series, which commemorates UNEP’s 50th anniversary in conversation with prominent leaders. From 2014 to 2018, Ivanova served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. She is also an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and the Chair of the Board of the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and serves on the Yale Sustainability Advisory Council, and on the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G2) Advisory Group.


Thursday, September 23

Climate Change Simulation

Lecturer: Heather Barry


Tuesday, September 28

First Exam


Thursday, September 30

Arms Control and Disarmament

Guest Lecturer: Jim Walsh, U.S. Government
Jim Walsh is a Senior Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program (SSP). Walsh’s research and writings focus on international security, and in particular, topics involving nuclear weapons, the Middle East, and East Asia. Walsh has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives on issues of nuclear terrorism, Iran, and North Korea. He is one of a handful of Americans to travel to both Iran and North Korea for talks with officials about nuclear issues. His recent writings include,"The Implications of the JCPOA for Future Verification Arrangements (including the DPRK)," "The Digital Communications Revolution: Lessons for the Nuclear Policy Community," and “Laser Enrichment and Proliferation: Assessing Future Risks.” In 2021, Dr. Walsh and his team received a major grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York for a project examining communication about nuclear weapons and international security on social media. He is the international security contributor to the NPR program “Here and Now,” and his comments and analysis have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and numerous other national and international media outlets. Before coming to MIT, Walsh was Executive Director of the Managing the Atom project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a visiting scholar at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has taught at both Harvard University and MIT. Dr. Walsh received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Tuesday, October 5

Preventing Terrorism and Violent Extremism

Guest Lecturer: Oliver Wilcox, U.S. Department of State
Oliver Wilcox (EPIIC91) is the Acting Director of Countering Violent Extremism at the Bureau of Counterterrorism within the United States Department of State. He has co-launched and co-directed the new office that develops and coordinates policies and multilateral initiatives to prevent and counter violent extremist radicalization and recruitment. He led a six-person team which designed and managed $50 million in pilot programming to prevent violent extremist radicalization and recruitment in countries of U.S. foreign policy importance. He has established and spearheaded new countering transnational white supremacist violent extremism and terrorist rehabilitation and reintegration teams. Prior to his time at the Department of State, he served a number of roles at USAID, including Senior Country Coordinator for Tunisia and Senior Peace and Security Advisor for the Middle East.


Thursday, October 7

The Global Governance of Violence

Guest Lecturer: Professor Alistair Edgar, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Alistair D. Edgar is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, with cross-appointment to the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is an editor of Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations (Brill/Nijhoff) and series co-editor for the ACUNS Series on the United Nations (Edward Elgar Publishers). He served as Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) in 2003-2008 and 2010-2018. Outside of his scholarly activities, he is President of the Canadian Landmine Foundation. He is the author of “The Changing Role of the United Nations in Managing Armed Conflict” and “Pursuing Peace and Justice on the Security Council: The Canadian Experience”.


Tuesday, October 12

Global Development Governance

Guest Lecturer: Professor Katherine Marshall, Georgetown University
Katherine Marshall has worked for almost four decades on international development, with a focus on issues facing the world’s poorest countries. She is a senior fellow at Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Professor of the Practice of Development, Conflict, and Religion in the School of Foreign Service. Her long career with the World Bank (1971-2006) involved a wide range of leadership assignments, many focused on Africa. From 2000-2006 her mandate covered ethics, values, and faith in development work, as counselor to the World Bank’s President. She was Country Director in the World Bank’s Africa region, first for the Sahel region, then Southern Africa. She then led the Bank's work on social policy and governance during the East Asia crisis years. She worked extensively on Eastern Africa and Latin America. As a long time manager, she was involved in many task forces and issues, among them exercises addressing leadership issues, conflict resolution, the role of women, and issues for values and ethics. Ms. Marshall has been closely engaged in the creation and development of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and is its Executive Director. She was part of the founding members of IDEA (International Development Ethics Association) and is part of the International Anti-Corruption Advisory Conference (IACC) advisory council. She served as a core group member of the Council of 100, an initiative of the World Economic Forum to advance understanding between the Islamic World and the West.


Thursday, October 14

Global Health Governance

Guest Lecturer: Virginia Staab, State Department Fellow, The Fletcher School Tufts University
Virginia (Gini) Staab joined the Foreign Service in 2003 after a career as a legal marketing director for a San Francisco-based, international law firm. After the profoundly impacting events of September 11, 2001, Ms. Staab decided to dedicate herself to public service and she joined the Foreign Service. After joining the Department of State, Ms. Staab started her Foreign Service career in Bogota, Colombia as a non-immigrant visa officer with a stint as the Ambassador’s Staff Assistant. Subsequent postings include: Public Affairs Officer in Lisbon, Portugal, Press Spokesperson in Western Hemisphere Affairs in Washington, DC, and Fraud Prevention Manager and Immigrant Visa Chief in London, England. She also served temporary assignments in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and as Consul General in Ponta Delgada, Azores during a three-month staffing gap. Ms. Staab served as Director of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement in Guatemala from 2014-2017, managing a $40 million annual budget and a team of 135 employees including officers, local staff, eligible family members, and third-party contractors. In Guatemala, she and her team developed capacity-building programs for Guatemala’s security and justice sectors and Indigenous communities. She also was the key reporting officer for the White House’s strategic initiative “Alianza para la Prosperidad del Triangulo Norte”. Most recently, she was the U.S. Consul General in Nogales, Mexico where she directed cross border economic, security, migration, education and cultural activities. She also led interagency relations in the Mexican state of Sonora, covering roughly 440 miles or one fifth of the entire U.S. Mexican border.


Tuesday, October 19

A Common Agenda: A UN Member State’s Perspective

Guest Lecturer: Ambassador Michal Mlynár, Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN
Michal Mlynár is the Permanent Representative to the United Nations on behalf of Slovakia and has been elected chair of the Sixth Committee (Legal). Prior to his appointment in 2017, Mr. Mlynár was his country’s Director General for International Organizations, Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid between 2015 and 2017. From 2012 to 2015, he was Ambassador to Kenya and to the United Nations agencies in Nairobi. Mr. Mlynár held several positions from 2010 until 2011, including Head of the Project Team for Security Sector Reform, Deputy Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Minister, and Head of the Unit for Coordination of Candidatures and Cross Cutting United Nations activities. Between 2004 and 2009, Mr. Mlynár was Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, and his delegation’s political coordinator on the Security Council from 2006 to 2007. He was also Deputy Chef de Cabinet and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister between 2002 and 2004.


Thursday, October 21

The Global Governance of Migration

Guest Lecturer: Kathleen Newland, Migration Policy Institute
Kathleen Newland is a Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute. Her work focuses on the governance of international migration, the relationship between migration and development, and refugee protection. Prior to MPI’s establishment in July 2001, Ms. Newland co-directed the International Migration Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Earlier, she was a Lecturer in international political economy at the London School of Economics (1988–92) and Special Assistant to the Rector of the United Nations University (1982–87). She has worked as a consultant to the International Labor Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the World Bank. Ms. Newland is a Member of the Board of Directors of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services to unaccompanied children caught up in the U.S. immigration system. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, the Stimson Center, USA for UNHCR, and the Foundation for the Hague Process on Migrants and Refugees. She is also a Chair Emerita of the Women’s Refugee Commission. Ms. Newland is author or editor of nine books, including most recently All at Sea: The Policy Challenges of Rescue, Interception, and Long-Term Response to Maritime Migration (MPI, 2016). She has also written more than 50 policy papers, articles, and book chapters.


Tuesday, October 26

Migration: States and Diasporas

Guest Lecturer: Professor Katrina Burgess, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Katrina Burgess is Associate Professor of Political Economy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Previously, she taught at Syracuse (the Maxwell School), Brown, UCLA, and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She is author of Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy, which won the 2006 Outstanding Book Award for the best publication on labor issues granted by the Section on Labor Studies and Class Relations of the Latin American Studies Association, and co-editor with Abraham F. Lowenthal of The California-Mexico Connection. She has also published numerous book chapters, as well as articles in World Politics, Latin American Politics & Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, South European Politics and Society, Comparative Political Studies, Politica y Gobierno, and International Studies Review. Her current project addresses the impact of migration and remittances on the quality of democracy in developing countries. She has also served as Assistant Director of the U.S.-Mexico Project at the Overseas Development Council in Washington, D.C. and Associate Director of the California-Mexico Project at USC in Los Angeles.


Thursday, October 28

Food Security

Guest Lecturer: Professor Matias Margulis, The University of British Columbia
Matias Margulis is Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. His research and teaching interests are in global governance, development, human rights, international law and food policy. He has previously held academic positions at the University of Edinburgh, University of Stirling, University of Northern British Columbia and Max Plank Institute for the Study of Societies. In 2010-2011, he was the Cadieux-Léger Fellow at Global Affairs Canada. In addition to his academic research, Matias has extensive professional experience in the field of international policymaking and is a former Canadian representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He has also advised the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and the Scottish Parliament and consulted for international NGOs and the Brookings Institution.


Tuesday, November 2

Human Rights

Guest Lecturer: Professor Hurst Hannum, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Hurst Hannum, Professor Emeritus of International Law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, has taught courses on international human rights law, minority rights, public international law, international organizations, and nationalism and ethnicity. His focus is on human rights and its role in the international legal and political order, including, in particular, issues of self-determination, minority rights, and conflict resolution. His scholarly work has been complemented by service as consultant/advisor to a number of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and Department of Political Affairs. He has been counsel in complaints before European, Inter-American, and U.N. human rights bodies. Professor Hannum was most recently a senior research at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford, and he also has taught at the University of Hong Kong, Central European University (Budapest), Harvard, American University, Georgia, and Virginia. Professor Hannum is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on international law and human rights, including "International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Process," "Negotiating Self-Determination," "Guide to International Human Rights Practice," and "Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination: The Accommodation of Conflicting Rights." His most recent book, "Rescuing Human Rights: A Radically Moderate Approach," will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. He serves on editorial advisory boards of Human Rights Law Review and Human Rights Quarterly.


Thursday, November 4

Second Exam


Tuesday, November 9

Race in International Relations

Guest Lecturer: Professor Randolph Persaud, School of International Service, American University
Randolph B. Persaud is Associate Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington D.C. He specializes in the areas of race and international relations, globalization, human security, and the politics of identity. Before joining American University, he was Assistant Director for the Center for International Security Studies at York University. At American University, he was Director of Comparative and Regional Studies. Dr. Persaud is the author of Counter-Hegemony and Foreign Policy published by the State University of New York Press and Co-Editor with Alina Sajed of Race, Gender, and Culture in International Relations: Postcolonial Perspectives. New York: Routledge (March 2018); Co-Editor of Race and International Relations, Special Issue of Alternatives (2001); Guest Editor of Race, Decoloniality and International Relations, Special Issue of Alternatives (2015) He has also published in major academic outlets such as Alternatives, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Race and Class, Connecticut Journal of International Law, Latin American Politics and Society, Globalizations, Korea Review of International Studies, and Encyclopedia of Globalization.


Thursday, November 11

No Class, Veterans Day


Tuesday, November 16

Racism and World Politics

Guest Lecturer: Professor Errol Henderson, Pennsylvania State University
Errol A. Henderson is Associate Professor of International Relations (IR). He has authored 50 scholarly publications including five books—the latest on the black liberation struggle of the 1960s-70s, The Revolution Will not be Theorized (is available free online through the TOME Initiative:; and another on the role of religion in IR, Scriptures, Shrines, Scapegoats and World Politics , and free online as well: He is presently working on two books: (1) on the role of white racism in IR; and (2) on gender and the Urban Peace and Justice Movement of the 1980s-90s in the US. Henderson established the Diasporas and Politics (DAP) project in 2019 to analyze the influence of racial and religious diasporas in world affairs. He is an original co-sponsor of the Liberation Film Series at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI. A member of a variety of professional, academic and activist organizations, Henderson is a veteran of the US Army. He also has been outspoken in challenging white supremacism in academia: Being Black at Penn State.


Thursday, November 18

The Dilemmas of Globalization

Guest Lecturer: Professor William I. Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara
William I. Robinson is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also affiliated with the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program and with the Global and International Studies Program at UCSB. His scholarly research focuses on: macro and comparative sociology, globalization and transnationalism, political economy, political sociology, development and social change, immigration, Latin America and the Third World, and Latina/o studies. As a scholar-activist he attempts to link his academic work to struggles in the United States, in the Americas, and around the world for social justice, popular empowerment, participatory democracy, and people-centered development. He is the author of The Global Police State, Into the Tempest: Essays on the New Global Capitalism, and Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity. He is the co-editor of We Will Not Be Silenced: Academic Repression of Israel’s Critics.


Tuesday, November 23

The Responsibility to Protect

Professor Abi Williams


Thursday, November 25

No Class, Thanksgiving


Tuesday, November 30

New Pandemics, Old Politics

Guest Lecturer: Professor Alex de Waal, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Alex de Waal is executive director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarship and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peacebuilding. Professor de Waal received a D.Phil. from Oxford for his thesis on the 1984-1985 Darfur famine in Sudan. He worked for several Africa-focused human rights organizations, focusing on the Horn of Africa, and especially on avenues to peaceful resolution of the second Sudanese Civil War. He also researched the intersection of HIV/AIDS, poverty and governance, and initiated the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa. De Waal was a fellow at the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard (2004-2006), and program director at the Social Science Research Council. He was a member of the African Union mediation team for Darfur (2005-2006) and senior adviser to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan (2009-2012). He was on the list of Foreign Policy’s 100 most influential public intellectuals in 2008 and Atlantic Monthly’s 27 “brave thinkers” in 2009.


Thursday, December 2

Humanitarian Leadership and Complex Emergencies

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Vincenzo Bollettino, Harvard University
Dr. Bollettino is the Director of Resilient Communities Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He also leads HHI’s engagement in the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership. Prior to his current academic appointment, Dr. Bollettino served for five years as Executive Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Bollettino has twenty-five years of professional and academic experience in disaster preparedness and resilience, civil-military engagement in emergencies, and humanitarian leadership. He has spent that past eighteen years of his career at Harvard University in research, teaching, and administration. His current research focuses on civil military engagement during humanitarian emergencies, disaster preparedness and resilience, the professionalization of the humanitarian aid field and humanitarian leadership. Dr. Bollettino has managed several large training and policy development initiatives related to disaster resilience, humanitarian leadership, and civil military coordination. He has designed security reporting systems and program evaluations for field security measures in complex emergencies, authored several publications related to disaster resilience and humanitarian assistance, and has consulted with numerous international nongovernmental organization and UN agencies. Dr. Bollettino has taught courses on research design, peace building, and international politics at the Harvard Extension School.


Tuesday, December 7

Drugs, Organized Crime and Money Laundering

Guest Lecturer: Jack Blum, The Center for International Policy
Jack Blum is a Washington lawyer who is an expert on white-collar financial crime, international tax evasion and one of this country’s premier advocates for victims of financial fraud. He spent fourteen years as a staff attorney with the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He played a central role in the Lockheed Aircraft bribery investigation of the 1970's – which led to the passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – and in the investigation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). Blum has been a consultant to the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention, and served as the chair of the experts group on international asset recovery, which was convened by the United Nations Centre for Drug Control and Crime Prevention. He often testifies about money laundering and tax evasion before U.S. congressional committees. Currently, Blum serves as ADA Counsel and is Chair of Tax Justice Network USA, and the Violence Policy Center.


Thursday, December 9

Cybersecurity and Internet Governance

Guest Lecturer: tbc


Tuesday, December 14

Preventing Deadly Conflict

Guest Lecturer: tbc


Thursday, December 16

Final Exam