March 2019

On March 22, Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic, co-founders of the Centre for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies ( CANVAS ), published an article in The Slate. The article “Is It Spring Again?” gives a great perspective of the youth-driven pro-democracy movements in Africa. With a special focus on Sudan and Algeria’ s impact across the country, this seems to be only the tip of the iceberg.


Dr. Josh Krasna, Adjunct Assistant Professor, published two pieces this month: a piece on President Trump’s proclamation on the Golan Heights for the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and an article for the SAIS Review on the “Second Wave” of Arab uprisings in Algeria and Sudan, and how they differ from their predecessors, and from each other.


Professor Belinda Cooper took part in a panel at NYU’s Guarini Institute for Global Legal Studies for the launch of a book she translated by the Weimar legal philosopher Hermann Heller entitled Sovereignty: A Contribution to the Theory of Public and International Law.


On March 1st, Professor Mary Beth Altier presented her paper “Returning to the Fight: An Empirical Analysis of Terrorist Re-engagement and Recidivism” at the ARTIS Seminar on Political Violence at John Jay College.

Professor Altier presented another paper, “Terrorist Transformations: The Link Between Terrorist Roles and Terrorist Disengagement” on the panel “Exit, De-radicalization, and Countering Violent Extremism” at the International Studies Association Conference in Toronto on March 28th.

On March 20th, Professor Altier participated in a panel on far right terrorism at the NYPD’s Annual Cyber Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Conference.


Professor Edward Goldberg’s new book, Why Globalization Works For America: How Nationalist Trade Policies Will Lead to Ruin, will be published this winter by Potomac Books.

On March 27, Professor Goldberg also appeared on NPR’s Marketplace, discussing the mideast, energy and implications for the United States. The audio recording is available here.

In his regular monthly column for Salon, Professor Goldberg looked at how the change in the energy environemt is changing Saudi Arabia’s position in the world in his latest article, “Desperate for new markets, MBS hits the road looking to unload oil he can no longer sell to America.”


Professor Jennifer Trahan’s book chapter, “Examining the Benchmarks by which to Evaluate the ICTY’s Legacy,” was published in “The Legacy of Ad Hoc Tribunals in International Criminal Law: Assessing the ICTY’s and the ICTR’s Most Significant Accomplishments,” ed. by Milena Sterio and Michael P. Scharf (Cambridge Univ. Press 2019) 

Professor Trahan & CGA Adjunct Professor Belinda Cooper attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington DC from March 27-30 (pictured here with the last living Nuremberg Prosecutor, Benjamin Ferencz).

On March 1, Professor Trahan, along with Adjunct Professor Andras Vamos-Goldman participated in a day long meeting on the “Legal Limits to the Veto in the Face of Atrocity Crimes” initiative. The meeting was hosted at the law firm of Foley Hoag, and co-sponsored by Foley Hoag and Global Justice Center and attended by legal advisers to UN Missions, academics, NGO representatives and others. 

As Chair of the American Branch of the International Law Association’s International Criminal Court Committee, Professor Trahan along with Committee members issued a statement on the “United States and the ICC.

On March 14, Professor Trahan also spoke on a panel hosted by the Open Society Justice Initiative. The panel was entitled “The Failures and Future of the International Criminal Court.” Panelists were Phil Clark, Jennifer Trahan, Maina Kiai, and James Goldston (moderator). Audio of the panel can be found here.


On March 13, 2019, Professor Anne Marie Goetz moderated a day-long conference organized at the UN by the Inter-parliamentary Union and UN Women: “Investing in gender equality:
Parliaments ensuring social protection, public services and infrastructure deliver for women and girls”. Women parliamentarians from over 40 countries participated in debates on means of making social protection systems (pensions, parental leave, affordable health care, universal basic income) more responsive to women’s needs and better equipped to promote gender equality.

Professor Goetz spoke on a side event panel at the UN Commission on the Status of Women on March 12, organized by Just Associates, on the topic of ‘The Politics of Protection’. All panelists spoke about rising threats against women human rights defenders who are battling authoritarianism, extractive industries and their ecological impacts, and tax evasion and its impact on public spending for social services. Professor Goetz’s remarks traced the most recent wave of illiberalism in important large democracies such as the Philippines, Brazil, India and Turkey, states that strongly influence the perspectives of noon-aligned countries on matters like human rights, civil liberties, and gender equality.

Professor Goetz spoke at a UN Women panel on March 18 on the topic of the challenges of achieving gender parity in staffing across the UN. She acknowledged the fact that the current Secretary-General has made a more effective effortthan any of his predecessors in setting targets and procedural changes to reach the parity goal, to the point that he has already exceeded expectations in reaching parity in the UN’s highest levels. Serious problems persist however in the UN’s peace work in fragile and conflict-affected states, where it is estimated that at the current exceptionally slow and frequently reversed rate of change it will take over 700 years to reach parity in mid-management levels. Professor Goetz discussed some strategies to address obstacles at this level.

Lastly, Professor Goetz published an analysis of political dynamics in the March 11 – 22 UN Commission on the Status of Women, where right wing actors at both state and non-state levels tried to attack long-standing agreements on women’s rights. “Religious and market fundamentalisms threaten gender equality at UN summit” is published in Opendemocracy.net.