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.

Key Schools, Programs, and Centers


Global Future of Governance: International Financial Regulations

December 7, 2015

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…

Present and Future Challenges of Global Forced Displacement

October 28, 2015

At a time when the number of people uprooted by conflict and persecution stands at its highest since World War II, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres spoke about the main displacement and humanitarian challenges facing the…

Governance: Global Health's 21st Century Challenge

September 30, 2015

Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, reflected on the complexity of today’s public health challenges and the corresponding need for effective global governance structures. She shared expert insight on topics ranging from…

Challenges to Global Governance

September 9, 2015

Joel Hellman, the new dean of the School of Foreign Service, provided an overview of global governance issues and addressed how best to prepare students to advance solutions to these challenges. Following his remarks, Stéphane Dujarric (BSFS’88)…