du 30/05 | 09h30 au 31/05 | 18h00
Amphithéâtre Claude Erignac, Sciences Po
13 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris
All the Incentives Were Wrong: Fraud and the Financial Crisis
Neil Fligstein, University of California-Berkeley
Contested Markets, Moral Struggles in the Economy, Economizing Nature and Culture, Crisis and Debt, Measuring and Regulating Financial Risk
The conference is open to the public (with prior registration only). Please register for it by mailing to: Marina Abelskaïa-Graziani.
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Agathe Voisin, Phd at the Observatoire sociologique du changement OSC - has been awarded the for young scholars doing research on prejudice against minorities.
This award, funded by the French Association of Political Science, the Open Society Foundation and the POLINE (“Politics of Inequalities”) network has been delivered at the occasion of the international symposium dedicated to Attitudinal change towards Jews and Muslims in France in a comparative perspective which has been organised by the CEE on 18-20 April 2003.
Her poster on “ shows how young people live and politicize discrimination differently in Bondy and Newham.
Writer and sociologist Albert Memmi is at the crossroads of three cultures. He defines himself as "a Jew, Tunisian and French." Identity, heterophobia and domination issues are at the heart of his many books, his first novel, “The Pillar of Salt" “(1953), and his “The Colonizer and the Colonized" (1957), his synthesis about Racism (1982) and “Dependence”(1993).
In April the Library lifts the veil and exhibits its special collections (1800-1850)...
We offer two guided tours with explanations of the exhibition by Sylvaine Detchemendy, in charge of conservation and digitisation at the Library : 11th of June 11 am to noon and 18th of June 3 to 4 pm.
You can now admire the work 'Inside/Outside' by photographer Armin Linke at the Library.
The six pictures exhibited constitute the first of a series of 23 pictures representing at the same time the Sciences Po Library and the places of public life in France. This first acquisition of a work of art by Sciences Po has been made possible thanks to the support of the New Patrons of the Fondation de France and of generous donators who financed the project.
The choice of the artist and the subject were the fruit of a collective project with Sciences Po students.
We are delighted to accompany Sciences Po's opening up to the arts and to welcome these beautiful works of art which will contribute to enrich and embellish the Library!
Photo credit : © Armin Linke 2013 Work of art created with the support of 'Nouveaux Commanditaires' of the Fondation de France. Mediation : Eternal Networks
Pierre-Emmanuel Guigo, Doctoral Student in History, has been awarded three prizes for his work based on his research paper: "Le chantre de l'opinion, La communication de Michel Rocard de 1974 à 1981", Ina Editions.
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Elodie Convergne, Doctoral Student in International Relations, was awarded the 2013 Dissertation Award from the Academic Council on the UN System. She is the first French doctoral student to win this prize.
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Nathanel AMAR, Doctoral Student in Political Science, specialized in Asia, won the Paola Sandri Research Scholarship for his thesis project : «Echange et résistance au sein de l’espace contre-culturel chinois».
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Frédéric Mion attended Sciences Po, Princeton University, the École Normale Supérieure (ENS), and the École Nationale d'Administration (ENA) where he specialised in public law and the humanities.
He has held senior management positions in the public and private sectors. From 2007-2013, he served as Vice President of Canal +, France’s largest media group, and before this, worked as a partner at Allen & Overy LLP, where he led the Public Law team. Prior to his work in the private sector, Mion held positions at the Ministry of Education and the Conseil d’État (France’s Supreme Court for administrative justice).
Frédéric Mion succeeds the late Richard Descoings. He takes the helm of an institution intent on remaining open to the world and its diversity, and at the centre of academic excellence and research in the social sciences.
Frédéric Mion was appointed President following an open competition organised by Sciences Po’s two main governing bodies composed of faculty, students, employees and trustees.
Israel is a country made up of contradictions. A lively democracy in a multicultural society but within a state promoting a strong national identity; a thriving economy in an unequal society; a culture open to modern trends but drawing on the Hebrew past and preoccupied with the Holocaust and the Arab-Israeli conflict; a sovereign member in the international arena, whose existence is still contested in the Middle East. The Routledge Handbook of Modern Israel provides a comprehensive profile of the intricacies of contemporary Israel, offering a unique, in-depth survey of the country.
Organised thematically, a full range of topics are discussed, including:
Bringing together more than thirty notable contributors from across the globe, this Handbook sheds light on the multifaceted reality of modern Israel in order to better understand, beyond clichés, this complex society.
Alain Dieckhoff is senior CNRS.research fellow at CERI. His research area focuses on politics, contemporary society and transformations of the state in Israel. He also works on the transformations of contemporary nationalism. Alain Dieckhoff is Head of the Political Science Department of Sciences Po. See his publications.
© THE FINANCIAL TIMES LTD 2013 - March 31, 2013 7:06 pm
Trade deals show power politics is back, by Zaki Laïdi
America’s objective is to contain China’s rise by setting a high regulatory bar, says Zaki Laïdi
Almost everyone seems excited about the prospect of a free-trade agreement between the US and the EU. But not so fast. The pursuit of such deals is eroding multilateralism, the foundation of post-cold war international relations.
In principle, the emergence of a multipolar world, in which the US is no longer the only very powerful country, should boost “multilateralism” – institutionalised co-operation among states in pursuit of shared objectives. It should boost efforts to achieve free trade via the World Trade Organisation, poverty reduction through the World Bank, and international security through the UN.
Yet the reality is different. Countries are seeking to extricate themselves from global agreements in order to extract concessions from partners on a bilateral basis or to protect national sovereignty.
Take the case of the WTO. A conflict between India and the US over agricultural subsidies derailed a final compromise in the summer of 2008. This would have – finally – concluded the Doha round of trade talks, which were launched in Qatar in 2001. Negotiations have stalled since the US-India spat. The main responsibility for this failure falls on the US, which believes the system of multilateral trade no longer offers the advantages it used to. The priority for the US is to secure access to markets through enhanced bilateralism. Hence the Obama administration’s drive to agree the trans-Pacific Partnership for Asia and, more recently, to conclude the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for Europe.
In each case, the strategic objective is to contain China’s rise by setting a high bar for regulatory standards. The novelty is that Europe, which has long defended multilateralism, is now succumbing to the temptation of bilateralism even while it remains completely incapable of assuming political responsibility for its trade policy.
If the TPP or TTIP come into being, they will kill the WTO. For better or for worse, the organisation will cease to be the place where trade standards are negotiated.
A free-trade agreement with the US does offer real opportunities for Europe but it also presents two dangers. The first is that it will act in haste in negotiating such a complex agreement by 2014, while also trying to resolve the eurozone crisis. The second is to be trapped by the US, which will already have negotiated standards in the TPP and attempt to impose the same standards on the Europeans, who will be too deep into the negotiations to challenge them effectively.
It is important to understand that the collapse of multilateral trade we are witnessing today is far from being an isolated case. Climate talks since the 2009 Copenhagen conference have challenged the multilateralism heralded by the Kyoto protocol of 1997. The idea then was to move forward on the basis of a shared objective – the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Today countries only make commitments on climate change on the basis of a very narrow assessment of their national interests. The idea that shared commitments – rather than individual interests – shape behaviour is now dead.
In a multipolar world, not only is the number of power centres increasing, so is the number of national interests. For example, the recent climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, included more than a dozen national groupings, such as those from developing and landlocked countries. The WTO is in a similar situation. The Doha round has become frighteningly complex because of the incredible inflation of issues raised by various actors.
This proliferation of interests reflects an erosion of international consensus across many of the areas around which states had rallied in the aftermath of the cold war. One need only compare the enthusiasm surrounding the Rio conference in 1992 with the dramatic failure last year of the Rio+20 environment summit. Many developing countries openly reject the discourse on ecology and climate change used by western campaign groups.
International security has also been weakened by the return to narrow national interests. Since the Nato-led intervention in Libya, the global consensus that seemed to be forming around the idea of “responsibility to protect” has been shattered because many emerging countries see it as a trap that will end up justifying regime change.
That is why they are reluctant to support intervention on behalf of the opposition in Syria. Under Brazil’s leadership, emerging countries are pushing hard for a UN resolution that removes the connection between the doctrine of responsibility to protect and the possible use of force. They want a toothless resolution aiming at sheltering national sovereignty against any external infringement.
Since the end of the cold war, Europeans have believed deeply in the existence of a global commons – and the declining importance of national sovereignty. The conduct of both the US and emerging countries suggests the opposite. Power politics is back. Multilateralism is dying.
Zaki Laïdi is a professor and researcher at Sciences Po, Centre d'études européennes
Laurent Gayer joined CERI on March 2013 as a CNRS research fellow. He obtained his PhD in political science (international relations) from Sciences Po Paris in 2004 and specializes on the Indian subcontinent, focusing on intrastate conflicts in India and Pakistan.
After joining the Centre universitaire de recherches sur l’action publique et le politique in 2008, Laurent Gayer was posted at the Centre de sciences humaines , New Delhi, from 2009 to 2012.
His major publications include Armed Militias of South Asia. Fundamentalists, Maoists, and Separatists and Muslims in Indian Cities. Trajectories of Marginalisation (both co-edited with Christophe Jaffrelot and published by Hurst/Columbia University Press).
He is currently finishing a book (to be published by Hurst and Oxford University Press US in 2013) on the armed conflicts and “ordered disorder” that have become the trademark of Karachi, Pakistan’s turbulent megalopolis, over the last three decades.
At CERI, Laurent Gayer will continue to explore the dynamics of political and criminal violence in India and Pakistan, while conducting a new research project on the politics of poetic expression among the Urdu-speaking populations of Pakistan.
Christophe Jaffrelot, CNRS research director at CERI, has been elected as scholar by the Princeton University’s Council for International Teaching & Research in the framework of the Global Scholars Program.
This program recruits stellar scholars from outside the United States into recurring, multi-year teaching appointments at Princeton in all disciplines and regional studies programs.
As such, Christophe Jaffrelot will teach from 2014 to 2016 at the Institute for International and Regional Studies of the Woodrow Wilson School.
Christophe Jaffrelot served as director of the CERI from 2000 to 2008. He teaches South Asian politics and history. Arguably one of the world’s most respected researcher on Indian society and politics, he has published many works, including « The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics, 1925 to the 1990s”; “India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India”; and “Dr. Ambedkar and Untouchability: Fighting the Indian Caste System”. See his publications.