Overhead and Online: Technological Change and Gaps in Global Governance

February 23, 2015

Esther Brimmer, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs, GW; Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs

Michael N. Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, GW, will moderate

Innovation and technological change are hallmarks of modern life. Aviation and telecommunications enable people and ideas to cross borders rapidly. Over the course of the last century, governments and other stakeholders developed procedures to manage the flow of these international contacts. Now innovations in aviation and in the reach of the Internet expose gaps in two very different long-standing international arrangements. This year policymakers and shapers will make important choices in these areas. In the 2015 Shapiro Lecture, Professor Brimmer will highlight ways in which new technologies stretch two global governance regimes and suggest steps to bridge the gaps.