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The acceleration of globalization has presented a host of transnational governance challenges, from violent extremism and refugee crises to global warming and pandemics. Advancing peace, prosperity, and justice on a global scale in the face of these problems will require innovative forms of collaboration among international institutions, states, businesses, and civil society.

The Global Future of Governance was the focus of the Georgetown Global Futures Initiative during the fall 2015 semester. A series of lectures by leaders of major international organizations framed a structured conversation with faculty, students, and a global audience about key governance challenges and how to address them in the decades to come.

The lectures were complemented by a range of other events across campus related to the theme of governance, as well as a global online dialogue including scholars, students, and practitioners around the world.

For an overview of Georgetown’s engagement with issues of governance across schools and programs, visit the Global Georgetown website.

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The Global Future of Governance Fall 2015 Report

The Global Future of Governance Fall 2015 Report

In the fall 2015 semester, Global Futures addressed the topic of “The Global Future of Governance.” A centerpiece was a series of three major lectures featuring Director-General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, and new dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service Joel Hellman who joined Georgetown after serving as chief institutional economist at the World Bank.


Global Future of Governance: International Financial Regulations

Georgetown’s Global Futures Initiative closed the semester with a panel discussion that broached subjects ranging from financial regulation to moral responsibility and even technological innovation. Moderated by McDonough Professor Reena Aggarwal, the conversation centered loosely on issues of…



Present and Future Challenges of Global Forced Displacement (Video)

October 28, 2015

Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes

Governance: Global Health's 21st Century Challenge (Video)

September 30, 2015

Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

U.N. Spokesman and SFS Dean Talk Global Governance (Video)

September 9, 2015

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes