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Episode 22: Conversation - Professor Glenda Sluga on multilateralism, internationalism, and our capacity to imagine a better world.

Episode 22: Conversation - Professor Glenda Sluga on multilateralism, internationalism, and our capacity to imagine a better world.

March 27, 2020

Welcome to Episode 22, featuring Glenda Sluga, Professor of International History at the University of Sydney. She's the author of the book Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism, among other publications, and her research interests span from nationalism and internationalisms, to global and international history, diplomatic history, women and gender, peacemaking, and more.  

She visited the Library recently for a debate on the Evolution of Multilateralism, Perspectives from the Global South. We have a video recording of that Library Talk if you’d like to check it out. We also invited her for a conversation on the podcast, where she shares her thoughts on the meanings of multilateralism and internationalism. What are the differences and connections between the two, and why is this important? We also look at her views on how multilateralism has evolved over the past century, how it’s impacted such areas as gender equality, and also how multilateralism is linked to our everyday lives and our understanding of our place in the world.  

To explore more resources, head to the links below: 

UN Geneva Library & Archives Library Talk on the Evolution of Multilateralism: Perspectives from the Global South: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itLGwAtmyZk&list=PLmzrhlc0gF6KfnUyPYsCw5RfJj_UuXydp&index=6  

Follow Glenda Sluga on Twitter through the Laureate Research Program on International History account: https://twitter.com/IntHist 

Learn about the Edith Trilogy of novels by Frank Moorehouse, a fictional series set at the time of the League of Nations: https://www.booktopia.com.au/blog/2011/10/05/frank-moorhouse-author-of-the-edith-trilogy-grand-days-dark-palace-and-now-cold-light-answers-ten-terrifying-questions/  

Visit our website on the Centenary of Multilateralism in Geneva: https://multilateralism100.unog.ch/

Content:

Speaker: Glenda Sluga

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor and Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: University of Sydney. 

Recorded & produced at the UN Geneva Library & Archives.

 

Episode 21: Conversation - Diplomat Jivan Gjorgjinski on the role of small states, creativity and a ‘climate of legality’ in multilateralism.

Episode 21: Conversation - Diplomat Jivan Gjorgjinski on the role of small states, creativity and a ‘climate of legality’ in multilateralism.

March 6, 2020

Thanks for joining us on The Next Page, the podcast of the UN Geneva Library & Archives. In Episode 21, our podcast guest brings you ideas from the perspective of a diplomat. The UN Geneva Library & Archives Director, Francesco Pisano, sits down with Jivan Gjorgjinski, a diplomat who served for 3 years in Geneva as Head (chargé d'affaires) of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of North Macedonia to the UN in Geneva from June 2016 to July 2019.   

In this discussion, he shares what it was like working in multilateral diplomacy in Geneva, and what this means in action, giving particular highlights from two key experiences: chairing the 2018 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and the 2019 CCW GG on LAWS, or the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapons systems.  

He explains more about these legal instruments and why they are key examples of multilateralism in action. He also looks at some critical questions: the role of small-state diplomats in the UN, the role of and opportunity for small states in multilateralism, and how diversity, creativity, and finding common ground come into play in multilateralism. 

You’ll even hear a bit about why we should be more like a sci-fi series you might know well!  

To follow Jivan Gjorgjinski on Twitter, head here: https://twitter.com/jivan_gj 

You can also find out more about the Biological Weapons Convention: https://bit.ly/2VPkiRf and the Convention on Certain Conventional Weaponshttps://bit.ly/2VPkiRf at the UN Geneva website. 

We also have Library Research Guides on Biological Weapons & Chemical Weapons, check them out here as part of the Disarmament series: https://libraryresources.unog.ch/?b=s

Content:

Speakers: Jivan Gjorgjinski & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor and Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Jivan Gjorgjinski.

Recorded & produced at the UN Geneva Library & Archives.