Lund Critical Debates Series

The Lund Critical Debates Series brings to campus speakers of prominence in international affairs who can address topical issues from a variety of perspectives. The series hosts a debate each academic year, typically with two to three outside experts and a Cornell faculty member as moderator. Topics and speakers are selected by the Foreign Policy Network.

The Einaudi Center is deeply grateful to Judith Lund Biggs ’57 for her generosity and foresight in creating this series, which serves to strengthen academic discourse at Cornell and enhance the student experience.

Is Nuclear Power the Answer to Climate Change? (2015-2016)

The 2015-16 Lund Critical Debate between renewable energy expert Daniel M. Kammen and Finnish nuclear advocate Lauri Muranen was held on May 3, 2016 at Klarman Auditorium. The debate was moderated by Annelise Riles of Cornell Law School. 

Daniel M. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at UC Berkeley and founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). He was named the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas Fellow by then-Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton. A native of Ithaca and a graduate of Cornell, Kammen has authored or co-authored 12 books, has written more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, and has been a contributing or coordinating lead author on several reports of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is a frequent contributor to or commentator in international news media, including NewsweekTimeThe New York TimesThe Guardian, and The Financial Times.

Lauri Muranen heads the World Energy Council, Finland, a chapter of the UN-accredited global energy body that aims to be a leading platform for discussion of the future of the nuclear energy sector. He is a co-founder of the Ecomodernist Society of Finland and is the secretary of the Energy Committee of Finland's Social Democratic political party. Lauri has served as secretary general of the Finnish Energy Council and as a nuclear energy advisor to the Finnish Energy Industries trade association. He is known in Finland for his public engagement with energy issues, debating the merits of nuclear energy with parliamentarians, professors, nuclear industry insiders, renewable energy industry insiders, and anti-nuclear activists at film festivals, bookstore events, and on television.

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American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Success or Failure? (2014-2015)

Lund Debate Moderated by Cornell Law Professor, Aziz Rana, the Einaudi Center organized the 2015 Lund Critical Debate, “American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Success or Failure?” on March 3, 2015,  in Statler Auditorium. The debate’s two panelists were Bassam Haddad and Ambassador Dennis Ross. 

Bassam Haddad is currently Director of the Middle East Studies Program and Associate Professor at the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (SPGIA) at George Mason University, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford's Program for Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World, Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute, Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal, author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience, co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of a critically acclaimed film series on Arabs and Terrorism.

Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and author of Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East, coauthored with Institute peace process expert David Makovsky. 

Aziz Rana is an Associate Professor of Law at the Cornell Law School, where he specializes in American constitutional law and political development.

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Death by Drones: Are They Illegal? (2013-2014)

Lund dronesThe 2013 Lund Critical Debate took place on Thursday, November 21st, at 4:30 pm in the Statler Auditorium. Michael W. Lewis, Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law, debated Mary Ellen O'Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame, on the topic of "Deaths by Drone: Are they Illegal?" Jens Ohlin, Professor of Law in the Cornell Law School, joined the debate as a discussant. The debate was moderated by Matthew Evangelista, the President White Professor of History and Political Science in the Department of Government at Cornell University.

Mary Ellen O'Connell is the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

Michael W. Lewis is Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law.

Jens D. Ohlin is Professor of Law in the Cornell Law School.

Matthew Evangelista is the President White Professor of History and Political Science in the Department of Government at Cornell University.

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Is China the New Superpower? (2012-2013)

Lund ChinaThe Mario Einaudi Center's fifth installment of the Lund Critical Debates Series took place on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 in a packed room in G10 Biotechnology Building. The speakers focused on the role of China in the 21st century and examined whether its political and economic rise will challenge the United States' superpower status. The debaters were David Lampton and Aaron Friedberg; Allen Carlson acted as moderator. The Lund Critical Debate Series is part of the Einaudi Center's Foreign Policy Initiative.

David Lampton is Dean of Faculty, George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, and Director of the China Studies Program at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Aaron Friedberg is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Allen Carlson is Professor of Government at Cornell University.

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9/11 @ 10: What Have We Learned? (2011-2012)

Lund 9/11On Monday, September 12, 2011, members of the extended Cornell community gathered in Call Auditorium for the fourth Lund Critical Debate, "9/11 @ 10: What Have We Learned?".  Peter Beinart, Stephen Rosen, and Jonathan Kirshner debated the U.S. response to 9/11 and the meaning of 9/11 for world politics. The Lund Critical Debate Series is part of the Einaudi Center’s Foreign Policy Initiative, and was moderated by Professor Nicolas van de Walle.

Peter Beinart is Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York and Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation.

Stephen Rosen is the Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs at Harvard University

Jonathan Kirshner is Professor of Government and Director of the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University.

Nicolas van de Walle is Professor of Government at Cornell University and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development.

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Obama in the World: Success or Failure? A Mid-Term Assessment (2010-2011)

Lund ObamaOn October 18, 2010, over 250 members of the extended Cornell community gathered in Call Auditorium to hear Max Boot and Fred Kaplan debate the success and failure of President Obama’s foreign policy. The discussion was part of the Einaudi Center’s Lund Critical Debate Series, and was moderated by Professor Peter Katzenstein.

Fred Kaplan is the national-security columnist for Slate and a Schwartz Senior Fellow with the New America Foundation.

Max Boot is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, is also a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Commentary, and many other publications.

Peter Katzenstein is the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. His research and teaching lie at the intersection of the fields of international relations and comparative politics.

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The Great Financial Crisis: What Caused it? What is next? (2009-2010)

Lund CrisisModerated by Cornell's Government Professor, Jonathan Kirshner, the Einaudi Center organized the second Lund Critical Debate, “The Great Financial Crisis: What Caused it? What is Next?” on September 15, 2009 in Call Auditorium. The debate’s three panelists were Barry Eichengreen, Robert Kuttner, and Eswar Prasad. The Lund Critical Debate Series is part of the Einaudi Center’s Foreign Policy Initiative and was created through the generous support of Judith Lund Biggs, Class of ’57.

Barry Eichengreen is the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Robert Kuttner is a distinguished journalist and economist, Co-Editor of The American Prospect magazine, and a Senior Fellow at the New York think tank Demos.

Eswar Prasad is the Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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Out of Iraq? Options for the New U.S. President (2008-2009)

Lund IraqModerated by Cornell's History Professor Fredrik Logevall, the Einaudi Center launched the Lund Critical Debate Series with “Out of Iraq? Options for the new U.S. President” on November 20, 2008 in Call Auditorium. The debate’s four panelists were Lakhdar Brahimi, Juan Cole, Ra’id al-Sa’edi, and Michael O’Hanlon. The Director of the Einaudi Center, Nicolas van de Walle, introduced the new series as part of the Center’s Foreign Policy Initiative. He thanked Judith Lund Biggs ’57 for her generosity and foresight in supporting this series, which serves to strengthen academic discourse at Cornell and enhance the student experience.

Lakhdar Brahimi has led a distinguished diplomatic career negotiating peace and resolving conflicts between and within nations. In 2007 he was appointed Andrew D. White Professors-at-Large at Cornell. As Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations through December 2005, Brahimi advised Kofi Annan on a wide range of issues, including the prevention and resolution of conflicts. 

Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. His academic focus is about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia.

Ra'id Juhi Hamadi Al-Saíedi is the former chief investigative judge of the Iraqi High Tribunal and the Cornell Law School’s first Clarke Middle East Fellow. He is a respected Iraqi jurist who served in the development and operation of the Iraqi High Tribunal, which tries Iraqis who are accused of committing genocide and other crimes against humanity during the late Saddam Hussein's rule (1968-2003).

Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, homeland security and American foreign policy. He is the director of the Brookings-ABC Opportunity 08 project.

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