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Faculty Lectureship Award Series

Joel Westra, Department of Political Science

Joel Westra

Global Security Governance in a Changing World:      Institutional Legitimacy and Prospects for Reform

     Lecture: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
     4:00 pm CFAC Recital Hall
     (refreshments will be served)

     (vimeo of lecture)

About the lecture: The overlapping economic and security orders that were established upon the UN Charter framework at the end of World War II have endured as the most deeply institutionalized systems of international order in history. The primary economic and security institutions that were established at the end of World War II, including the IMF, the World Bank, NATO, and the UN Security Council, remain central within the institutional architecture of today’s economic and security orders, despite circumstances that have changed considerably since the time at which they were established. Nevertheless, while both the postwar economic order and the postwar security order have endured throughout the Cold War and beyond, they also have changed incrementally in response to changing circumstances as states have undertaken efforts to build and to rebuild the various institutions each comprises. Dr. Westra’s talk will address efforts undertaken by states seeking to reform the postwar global security order, examining state concerns regarding institutional design within the context of the existing institutional architecture of the postwar security order. Treating state concerns as competing legitimacy concerns, Dr. Westra will explain broad patterns of successful and unsuccessful reform and the prospects for possible future reforms.

Brief Bio: Joel H. Westra is Associate Professor of Political Science at Calvin College. His teaching and research interests include international organization, international law, international security, and American foreign policy. His research focuses on multilateral and regional security institutions as instruments of international order, specifically on questions pertaining to unilateral and multilateral mechanisms of legitimation and restraint on the use of armed force within the international system. Previously, Dr. Westra was Visiting Lecturer in the Committee on International Relations at The University of Chicago and Fellow in the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. He received his B.A. in political science from the Honors College at the University of Houston and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago.

Other lectures in 2013-2014:

David Fuentes, Department of Music
"Do You Hear What I Hear? Deciphering a Universal Language"
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Joke Ayoola, Department of Nursing
"Reproductive knowledge education: A tool to improve maternal and child’s health"
Thursday, April 17, 2014