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Chai Wai Series: Navigating Global Challenges Under the New U.S. Regime

Guide to accompany the January 25th, 2017 Chai Wai, Navigating Global Challenges Under the New U.S. Regime: Climate, Human Rights, Trade, and Migration.

Navigating Global Challenges Under the New U.S. Regime: Climate, Human Rights, Trade, and Migration


For our first Chai Wai event of the Spring 2017 semester, we will explore global challenges under the new U.S. administration with a panel that includes seasoned scholars discussing climate issues and the Paris Accords, human rights, trade, and issues of migration. 

The 45th President of the United State has appointed a cabinet that consists of: an oil executive as Secretary of State; a fast food giant CEO to head the Department of Labor; and a Texas governor who wanted to dismantle the Department to Energy to head it.
Donald Trump won the election by talking about building a wall to keep out Mexicans and repeatedly vowed to stop “terrorists” disguised as refugees from coming into the United States. A year and a half ago, he said he would "absolutely" require Muslims to register in a database.  Mr. Trump’s methods of communication and governing style represent a break from the regular patterns followed by American Presidents and politics.  This new regiment represents a new style of government within the US and thus a completely new regime.  
What does this new administration - the policies they’ve proposed - and the people they are bringing in - mean, when we talk about human rights, migration, trade and climate change?
This libguide provides resources regarding past policy actions and views held within the US Government, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organization on global issues that may be impacted as a result of actions taken by the Trump Administration.  These resources provide a point of comparison and analysis to help students and scholars assess and evaluate the impact of the Trump Presidency on these important global issues.

Event Panelists

Climate: Trevor Birkenholtz, Associate Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Human Rights: Patrick Keenan, Professor of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Trade: Hadi Esfahani, Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Migration: Metka Hercog, Lecturer of LAS Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Niala Boodhoo, Host of “The 21st Show” on WILL Radio as moderator

Books on Globalization

Managing Global Issues: Lessons Learned

Globalization is pushing to the fore a wide variety of global problems that demand urgent policy attention. Managing Global Issues provides a comprehensive comparative assessment of international efforts to manage global problems. It identifies and explains successes and failures of such efforts, examines the roles of different actors, and outlines lessons that may guide future action by governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. The volume's 16 case studies examine organized crime, drugs, corruption, human rights, labor rights, health, trade, financial markets, development assistance, the environment, the global commons, communications, weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, internal conflicts, and refugees. Managing Global Issues is the result of an international multidisciplinary research team composed of experts in specific global issue areas. The book's broad scope, numerous case studies and its rigorous comparative analytical framework offers a unique and valuable contribution to the rapidly growing literature on global governance.

Global Public Goods: International Cooperation in the 21st Century

This collection of papers offers a new rationale and framework for international development cooperation. Its main argument is that in actual practice, development cooperation has already moved beyond aid (i.e. assistance to poor countries) and onto issues such as the ozone hole, global climate change, HIV, drug trafficking, and financial volatility. Contributors include Amartya K. Sen, the 1998 Nobel Laureate in Economics, Barry Eichengreen of the International Monetary Fund, Ruben Mendez of the United Nations and Yale University, and many others.

Governing globalization : challenges for democracy and global society

The book develops globalization as the emergence of a global society; presents a theory of governance predicable of all human societies, revolving around competing Order, Welfare, and Legitimacy (OWL) imperatives; and identifies fundamental flaws in the democratic solutions to global governance. To ensure that the democratic promise survives and thrives, the volume calls for fundamental reforms of the democratic project as prerequisites to deter and defeat formidable anti-democratic adversaries: authoritarian states, religiously informed regimes opposed to open societies; nihilistic social movements; self-styled terrorists, and vast transnational criminal networks.