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Roundtable Discussion Series

Roundtable discussions address issues in global affairs that cut across regional or disciplinary boundaries. These forums are open to faculty, visiting scholars, students and the local community. Alumni roundtables take place during Alumni Weekend in Ithaca or in major cities. 


The roots of the Rohingya crisis: The eradication of a Myanmar ethnic group

Michael Charney Photo

November 7, 2017

Featuring Michael W. Charney, professor of Asian and military history at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and Eaint Thiri Thi, human rights researcher and graduate student at the University of Minnesota. Moderated by Ann Blackburn, professor of Asian studies and director of the South Asia Program.

Cornell Chronicle; CornellCastEinaudi Center website


Indian Ocean politics in the 21st century

Robert Blake

October 31, 2017

Featuring Robert Blake, former U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and Tissa Jayatilaka, director of the Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission. Blake and Jayatilaka addressed the contemporary geopolitical dynamics of the Indian Ocean region, with special attention to U.S. and Sri Lankan positions and interests. Moderated by Anne Blackburn, professor of Asian studies and director of the South Asia Program.

Cornell Sun, Cornell Cast


World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law

World Bank

September 25, 2017

Featuring Luis-Felipe López-Calva, co-director of the World Development Report 2017, and practice manager for Europe and Central Asia, Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank, and Cornell professors Robert Hockett, Ravi Kanbur, and Nicolas van de Walle. López-Calva explored why some policies fail to achieve desired outcomes while others work. He also addressed the question of how economic growth might be achieved amid violence and inequality.

Cornell Daily Sun


Previous topics 

The potential of geothermal energy: Lessons from Iceland
October 17, 2016

The future of the World Bank and the architecture of multilateral development banks
April 4, 2016

Syria and the Middle East: Refugees, internally displaced persons, and asylum seekers
March 22, 2016

Five years after Fukushima: What have we learned from the nuclear accidents?
March 11, 2016

US-Cuba diplomatic relations
May 4, 2015

Ebola burdens African governments, health systems
November 10, 2014

20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide
April 17, 2014

Kurds in the age of Middle Eastern revolutions
March 21, 2014

The EU financial crisis: Implications inside and outside the Euro Zone (Part 1, Part 2)
March 30, 2012

Food, politics, and society: Alternative futures
October 30, 2009