The Rutgers Global Policy Roundtable

The Rutgers University Global Policy Roundtable (RGPR)—a gathering of scholars, analysts and public policy specialists—examines salient topics and problems of global politics on a bi-monthly schedule at the site of its MA Program in Political Science – Concentration in United Nations Studies at Marymount College in Manhattan. Experts and specialists from education, law, business and the corporate world, and the nonprofit sector will join a larger audience to create constructive discourse on the most pressing and vexing issues of contemporary global affairs.

The roundtable initiative relies on the extensive expertise of Rutgers University faculty members, who are among the nation’s leading authorities in the study of international affairs. The Roundtable’s motivating principle is that scholars and practitioners can collaborate to develop a more precise analysis and focused understanding the problems facing a rapidly changing global arena. Spreading instability in the Middle East and its effect on regional investment and energy prices, economic-military brinkmanship pitting the US and EU against Russia, rising tensions between China and Japan and their implication for bi-lateral trade, and nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran, make clear that the international landscape is in a major state of flux. Prevailing assumptions about global affairs need to be constantly assessed and revised. When the playing-field is constantly changing, even the most precise models can provide the wrong answers. Accurate understandings of global affairs are required to ensure that the data collected, the questions asked, and the political, economic, and legal policies adopted are appropriate to an ever-changing world.

The Global Roundtable will serve as one of the interdisciplinary, international symposia that the strategic plan envisions--with at least three of its roundtables focusing on the above-mentioned themes. Moreover, it will serve as a creative example of an initiative that can advance the university's strategic priorities, particularly enhancing the university's public prominence, transforming the student experience and setting an example with respect to how the university's strengths can be deployed in the future--within the broad charges embraced by the themes.

Accordingly, the Global Roundtable will involve commitments from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; the Institute for Women's Leadership; Schools of Law and Criminal Justice; School of Communication and Information; Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; and relevant departments at the School of Arts and Sciences. Moreover, active participation is anticipated from the DGA and its sub-units on the Newark Campus of Rutgers, several faculty in the School of Law in Camden, and, the office of the Vice President of Global Affairs. It is our intention, for the second year, is to reach out to CIC universities to bring in faculty from those institutions that may have a direct interest in participating, via SKYPE or other means.