Center for Global Studies

Reports, Policy Briefs & Occasional Papers


In January 2009, the Center has launched a new series presenting analysis, commentaries and summaries of events and conferences with an effort to bridge theory and practice in Global Studies. These documents, many of which deal with themes, such as current social, political and economic issues, are of interest to practitioners and policy makers, and provide concise information to help decision-makers, analysts and activists evaluate key problems.


Global society in the 21st century is marked by unprecedented levels of interconnectedness and flows. The Center was founded 2004 to promote multidisciplinary research to understand these new challenges. This report summarizes the Center's activities from its creation to 2010. Activities have included hosting guest speakers and visiting scholars, conferences and workshops, electronic and paper publications, and an annual cycle of small grants to support faculty research.


This report is based on a colloquium on the future of global trade held in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2008. With the Doha process stalled, but a change in U.S. administration in early 2009, several specialists offer their perspectives on how global trade talks might be productively reanimated in the near to medium term.


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Recent post-conflict reconstruction, stabilization and development efforts
have revealed a range of new challenges that call into question much of the
prevailing conventional wisdom and practice in this area. This policy brief addresses a range of related topics, such as the role of the military in development work and the implications of “securitizing” foreign assistance.

The rise of diaspora politics poses a challenge to traditional approaches to foreign policymaking that tend to emphasize bilateral state-to-state relations, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs organized around universal, humanitarian agendas. This policy brief, based on a three-year comparative study of diaspora impacts on homeland politics across nearly twenty national settings, identifies some of the key policy opportunities and challenges associated with diaspora politics.


This piece is part of the Global Migration and Transnational Politics project conducted by the George Mason University Center for Global Studies with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. On, March 26, 2009, Tiah Nagbe, a former student leader in Liberia in the 1990s, who actively participated in the peace process gave a keynote. This paper captures his talk.


Rapporteur's report: Human Rights Trials

This report, prepared by long-time human rights advocate Coletta
Youngers, reveals the strides Latin America has made in its efforts to combat impunity and promote the rule of law and democratic governance.



This report was written by Arnaud Kurze, Ph.D. Candidate in the Public and International Affairs Department at Mason whose research focuses on truth and justice issues in Southeast Europe, and discusses Latin American and African transition efforts to democracy and the perennial fight against impunity. Though obstacles remain, these efforts represent a key departure from the past, and merit careful scrutiny by policymakers, scholars, and the human rights community.



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