Past Global Order Workshops and Colloquia


Global Order Workshop: Autocrats' Tech Assault and Democracy's Response, November 21-22, 2019: Convened by Perry World House faculty affiliate Claire Finkelstein, this workshop explored how new technologies are strengthening autocracies around the world, and what democracies can do to limit their effectiveness. Learn more about the workshop here.

Global Order Workshop: Social Impacts of Post-Socialist Transition and Policies for the Future, November 7-8, 2019: Led by Perry World House faculty affiliate Mitchell A. Orenstein from November 7-8, 2019, this workshop brought together scholars to look at the social impacts of transitioning out of socialism, and why these impacts diverge strongly in different states.

Global Order Workshop: Cyberspace and Geopolitics: Assessing Global Cybersecurity Norm Processes at a Crossroads, October 29, 2019: This workshop examined cyber norms - and the processes that promote them - as a means of addressing cybersecurity at the global level. It was co-sponsored by Perry World House, Microsoft Corporation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Read the workshop report, published by Carnegie, here. 

Global Order Colloquium: How Emerging Technologies are Rewiring the Global Order, September 23 and 24, 2019: The colloquium explored how artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum, and other trends in technology are shaping international security, governance, and human rights.The first day of the colloquium brought together academics, current and former government officials, industry representatives, diplomats, and journalists for expert-level interdisciplinary discussions that bridged the gaps between academia and policy.On the second day of the colloquium, students, faculty, staff, and members of the public filled Perry World House for high-level discussions with world leaders in fields from diplomacy and defense to global business and international human rights. Speakers included former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Uber Advanced Technologies Group Chief Scientist Raquel Urtasun, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth, former President of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva, and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

Read more about the Colloquium here.

Read the Colloquium report and thought pieces here. 


Global Order Colloquium: Competing Visions of the Global Order, September 24 and 25, 2018: A who’s who of former government officials, diplomats, and journalists joined academic experts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House for a two-day colloquium focused on “Competing Visions of the Global Order.” The first day of the colloquium featured leading scholars presenting cutting-edge research, with commentary from policymakers with recent government experience. The second day of the colloquium, a public forum, involved four high level discussions about the global order and geopolitics, including the second Penn Biden Leaders Dialogue, featuring Joseph Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States and Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor at Penn, in conversation with former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Read more about the Colloquium here. 


Global Order Workshop: Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, April 2018: In April 2018, Perry World House convened a high-level workshop of senior scholars and policymakers to discuss the root causes of nationalist movements and moments around the world. To determine if the nationalist fever is breaking or still building, workshop participants responded to a novel survey that then served as the foundation for conversations at the session and the post-conference report. The closed-door interdisciplinary discussion was capped with a public conversation between author, lawyer, and scholar Amy Chua and The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood about the former’s new book, Political Tribes.

Global Order Workshop: The Future of The Pandemic Risk: A Threat to Global Health Security, November 2017: In November 2017, Perry World House and Penn Nursing hosted a workshop on the Future of the Pandemic Risk: A Threat to Global Health Security. Policymakers and scholars tried to determine whether the world is better prepared to prevent and respond to an infectious disease pandemic than it was 100 years ago. They also discussed how governments can better coordinate with academia, private industry, and international organizations to mitigate pandemic risk.

Global Order Workshop, October 2017: As tensions heated up over North Korea’s nuclear program, Perry World House brought together senior scholars, policy experts, former diplomats, and security practitioners in October 2017 to examine the potential for, and obstacles to, negotiations between the United States and a resolution to what is arguably the most severe contemporary international crisis.

Global Order Colloquium: Future of the Global Order: Technology, Power & Governance, September 25 & 26, 2017: In celebration of its one-year anniversary, Perry World House hosted the inaugural colloquium for its research theme on the Future of the Global Order: Technology, Power, and Governance. The colloquium explored, from both an academic and policy perspective, how the phenomena of populism, nationalism, and retrenchment are altering the global order. World leaders, diplomats, military officials, journalists, and industry experts engaged with scholars, policy experts, and the University of Pennsylvania community to address key questions such as: Can the global order survive in an era of nationalism? Will international alliances overcome national retrenchment? When is an electoral democracy a pathway to populism? What key forces will shape the world’s economic future? To conclude the colloquium, in partnership with the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, Perry World House hosted the inaugural Penn Biden Leaders Dialogue, featuring former Vice President Joe Biden and his guest, former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón.

Fall 2017 Global Order Colloquium: Future of the Global Order: Technology, Power & Governance Report

Fall 2017 Global Order Colloquium: Future of the Global Order: Technology, Power & Governance Thought Pieces


Global Order Policy Workshop: The U.S., China, and International Law, Oct. 2016 and May 2017: The U.S.-China relationship is quickly becoming a central driver of the evolution of the global order. The U.S., China, and International Law Project brought together leading scholars of international law from both the United States and China to explore the implications of a rising China for the largely U.S.-created international legal and institutional order.

Global Order Policy Workshop: Emerging Technologies and Global Politics, March 2017: Emerging technologies are reshaping the global order in unprecedented and understudied ways. Understanding the implications of these technological changes is a key aspect of The Future of the Global Order research theme. The policy workshop brought leading scholars of international law and technological developments from across the world to discuss the implications of emerging technologies for the future of the global order.