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Speaker Series Discusses Global Hot Topics

SDSU’s Institute on World Affairs presents visiting lecturers who will speak on a variety of global affairs topics to students and the community.

San Diego State University invites the community to hear first-hand from experts on topics of global policy, as part of the SDSU Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs lecture series.

The SDSU political science course taught by, Professor Jonathan Graubart, includes an annual lecture series that aims to educate students on the complex and tense relationship between international law and global justice.

The series is cosponsored by SDSU’s Charles Hostler Institute for World Affairs and Fred J. Hansen Institute for World Peace.

Featured speakers

Visiting lecturers will speak on a variety of topics, all of which tie back to the course’s theme of “International Law and Global Justice: Friends, Acquaintances, or Enemies?”

Ayca Cubukcu – Monday, April 8

Ayca Cubukcu is a lecturer in human rights at the Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics. She will speak on “The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problems of Transnational Solidarity.”

Previously, she taught for the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. Cubukcu is one of the leading critical scholars on international law and cosmopolitanism. She also participated in the World Tribunal on Iraq, an initiative of the global antiwar movement that symbolically indicted U.S. and U.K. officials for alleged war crimes and unlawful aggression.

Amos Guiora – Monday, April 15

Amos Guiora is professor of law and co-director of the Center for Global Justice at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Guiora has held a number of senior command positions in the Israeli Defense Force, including commander of the IDF School of Military Law and legal adviser to the Gaza Strip. There, he helped formulate a legal policy on targeted killings. He will be speaking on “Counter-Terrorism and Self-Defense.”

Guiora is a research associate at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, and a research fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Center in Herzylia, Israel. He has published multiple articles and book chapters on targeted killings, assessing both the policies adopted by the United States and Israel.

Norman Finkelstein – Monday, April 22

Norman Finkelstein is a long-time political science professor and public commentator, focusing on various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and of the evolving relationship of the American Jewish community. He will be speaking on “International Law, Global Justice and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.”

Finkelstein’s book credits include “The Holocaust Industry,” “Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism,” “Abuse of History; Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to an End,” and “What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolent Resistance and Courage.”

Charles Dunlap – Monday, April 29

Retired Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., served 34 years in the Judge Advocate Corps where he rose to the rank of major general and served as the deputy judge advocate general of the United States Air Force. His commentary on a wide variety of national security topics has been published in leading newspapers and military journals. He will be speaking on “Lawfare As An Obstacle to Counter-Terrorism?”

Dunlap introduced the concept of “lawfare,” which he defines as “the use or misuse of law as a substitute for traditional military means to accomplish an operational objective.” This concept has since been adapted by numerous scholars and conservative critics of transnational legal activism.

Dunlap joined the Duke Law faculty in July 2010. His teaching and scholarly writing focus on national security, international law, civil-military relations, cyberwar, and military justice.

The Institute on World Affairs

Since 1942, the Institute on World Affairs has served as an academic and public policy forum for the analysis and discussion of international relations. The second oldest organization of its kind west of the Mississippi River, its purpose is to make available to the SDSU community a forum for the discussion of critical topics in international affairs.

Distinguished authorities are invited to address the institute on issues of contemporary international import. The institute has hosted ambassadors to the U.S., as well as professors, politicians, military and government officials, diplomatic and governmental representatives and others from around the world.

The Institute on World Affairs bears the name of Charles W. Hostler, a former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain and a generous supporter of the institute.

More information

Lectures take place Mondays at 5 p.m. in Peterson Gym, room 242 with the exception of Norman Finkelstein’s lecture which will be held in ENS 280. They are free and open to the public. Seating is limited so early arrival is recommended.

For more information on the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs click here.

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