The mission of DUCIGS is to:
Support, engage, and connect researchers, students, departments, and schools to work on international issues
Promote interdisciplinary research and education to understand and engage with challenging global issues
Support and coordinate the activities of the area studies centers, councils, and initiatives
2019-20 was another remarkable academic year for DUCIGS and affiliated units, albeit a challenging one, as we faced the local and global disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a dense schedule of events already planned and organized for the spring semester, DUCIGS and affiliated centers and initiatives had to shift to online platforms and review arrangements for a large number of programs. We are pleased to say that we were able to quickly adapt to the new format. The flexibility and resilience demonstrated by Duke students, faculty, administrators, and staff in navigating the new reality of teaching and working remotely during the spring and summer semesters demonstrated that we will be able to continue to offer programs and activities in the new academic year.
Although many in-person events had to be canceled last spring, in the year 2019-2020 we organized and co-sponsored over 240 events; awarded research and travel grants to over 200 students and faculty; and continued to facilitate international and global conversations on campus and beyond.
In 2020 we launched the Rethinking Diplomacy Program (RDP), a scholarly forum where diplomats, faculty, professionals, and students convene to explore, research, and debate the intersections of diplomacy with expertise in public health, science, new technologies, trade/finance, environment, water, demography, food and other areas in which Duke University features strong academic programs. Diplomacy through negotiation skills, sensitivity to national and multinational contexts, and public engagement facilitates cooperation while science and technology through research and fact-based knowledge help to find solutions to complex problems. The need for stronger collaboration between diplomacy and disciplinary expertise in science, technology, and social sciences has become even more apparent in looking at the wide range of national and international responses to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as in dealing with long-term challenges such as climate change and those set forth in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Starting in January 2020 with a keynote speech by DUCIGS/RDP fellow and former U.S. ambassador William R. Pearson, the RDP hosted—among many others—World Health Organization Special Envoy on COVID-19 David Nabarro; IMF economist Tamim Bayoumi; and data scientists Elliott Wolf (a Duke alumnus) and Dr. Daniel Wintz. Our virtual events on the impact of COVID-19 on health, global supply chains, the environment, and other areas received national and international attention with representatives from US, foreign, international public and private institutions, and NGOs, in addition to faculty and students in attendance.
DUCIGS also continued to contribute to the conversation on other transnational themes. During Fall 2019, famous Kenyan paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey spoke in front of an overflowing Nasher Museum about his decades-long work on fossils, as well as his conservationist campaigns and his advocacy on climate. In February 2020, we hosted a panel on “New Monetary Policy Frameworks,” where we brought together Richmond Federal Reserve President Tom Barkin, former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury & Governor of the Federal Reserve Board, Sarah Bloom Raskin, and former Director-General of European Central Bank’s statistics department, Aurel Schubert. The call for a closer coordination between monetary and fiscal policies and the implementation of new measures to respond to future economic downturns discussed by the panelists became even more relevant in the following months as central banks and governments around the world looked for policy measures to lessen the economic impact of COVID-19.
Our series Wednesdays at the Center—a signature series of DUCIGS and the John Hope Franklin Center (JHFC)— was another highlight of the year. We hosted 19 lectures, with many more scheduled and canceled due to COVID. Among the various interdisciplinary topics touched upon, the mini-series Conversations with Religious Life Leaders at Duke highlighted the role of faith leaders and religiosity on campus.
As in the past year, DUCIGS renewed its support for the Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues, a platform where 14 groups of graduate students met to discuss a broad range of interdisciplinary projects (to name a few: Decolonizing Global Health in LMICs; Slavery, War & Gender; and Ocean Policy.)
Our Global Working Papers Series has also attracted interesting submissions, renewing DUCIGS’ commitment to publish new research on global topics produced by Duke researchers and visiting scholars using the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) platform. During the AY 2019-20, we published 18 papers, including contributions on Diplomacy, Middle-Income Trap, COVID-19 Vaccines, Africa Development, AI-Based Technologies, and Chinese World Order.
While we are aware that the 2020-2021 academic year will prove to be very challenging, we are also confident that DUCIGS and affiliated centers and initiatives will continue to provide a range of programs and academic opportunities that will engage a wide variety of faculty, students, professionals, as well as the local and international community. In solidarity with Duke’s renewed commitment to build a more inclusive and equal institution via research and action, we decided to dedicate various activities to explore the issues of inequality, marginalization, and racial injustice both at the local/community and global level. The Wednesdays at the Center will focus on the legacy of Dr. John Hope Franklin to explore the implications of such issues in a series of events under the rubric: JHF | Global Anti-Racism (histories of action).
I would like to personally thank the DUCIGS team and our partners for all of their efforts this year as well as our sponsors for their continuous support. With all of our activities shifting online, we will still be able to promote a rich conversation on international issues with our community, and expand our collaborations and partnerships with our Duke, national, and international network. We look forward to staying connected with you throughout the year on igs.duke.edu.
Director, Duke Center for International and Global Studies
Centers & Initiatives
At DUCIGS, we value our partnerships and over the last year have expanded into new ventures and collaborations both at Duke and externally. In October, we collaborated with various DKU and Duke centers in the organization of a symposium at the Duke-Kunshan campus on the Belt and Road Initiative. In May, DUCIGS and the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) organized the workshop “Responding to the Crisis in the Northern Triangle” at the Duke in Washington, DC office, which explored the underlying causes of recent migration from the region. Also in May, as part of our partnership with Venice International University (VIU), we contributed to the organization of an international conference on Republics and Republicanism that took place at the VIU campus in Venice.
- Art, Art History & Visual Studies
- Department of Cultural Anthropology
- Department of Economics
- Department of English
- Department of History
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Religious Studies
- Department of Romance Studies
- Duke Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
- Duke University Libraries
- Evolutionary Anthropology
- Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
- Nicholas School of the Environment
- Office of Foundation Relations
- Office of Global Affairs
- Office of the Dean | Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
- Sanford School of Public Policy
- Bass Connections
- Center for Documentary Studies
- Center for French and Francophone Studies (CFFS)
- Center for Jewish Studies
- Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS)
- Cinematic Arts
- Dance Program
- Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy
- DKU Center for the Study of Contemporary China
- DKU Humanities Research Center
- Duke Asian American & Diaspora Studies (AASP)
- Duke Center for International Development (DCID)
- Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID)
- Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI)
- Duke Performances
- Duke Population Reasearch Institute (DUPRI)
- Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS)
- Forum for Scholars and Publics (FSP)
- Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)
- International Comparative Studies (ICS)
- Nicholas Institute for Environmental Solutions
- Rubenstein Arts Center
- Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)
- The Focus Program
- The Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law
- The International Law Society (ILS)
- The Kenan Institute for Ethics
Highlights from the webinar: COVID-19 and Global Supply Chains: Disruptions and Restructuring.
COVID-19 AND GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS: DISRUPTIONS AND RESTRUCTURING
In this webinar organized by the DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program, two leading experts in the field of global supply and value chains talked about the disruptions of Covid-19 on supply chains in the United States and emerging markets, and discussed the long-term impact and main policy issues of the pandemic. The panel was comprised of Gary Gereffi, Director of the Duke Center on Global Value Chains, and Tamim Bayoumi, Deputy Director of the Strategy and Policy Review Department of the International Monetary Fund. The Director of the Duke Center for International and Global Studies, Giovanni Zanalda, moderated the discussion. The event was broadcast on Zoom on April 21, 2020.
BALANCING NATIONAL UNITY AND GLOBAL SOLIDARITY IN RESPONDING TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Duke Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) hosted a conversation with Dr. David Nabarro as part of the Rethinking Diplomacy Program, Science-Diplomacy Seminar Series. A Special Envoy to the WHO Director-General on COVID-19, Dr. Nabarro is also Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London, and Strategic Director of Skills, Systems and Synergies for Sustainable Development (4SD). In this role, Dr. Nabarro provides strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement in different parts of the world to help WHO coordinate the global response to the pandemic. The webinar was broadcast on Zoom on May 28, 2020.
Highlights from the webinar: ‘Balancing National Unity and Global Solidarity,’ with W.H.O. Special Envoy for COVID-19 David Nabarro.
Highlights from the panel: ‘New Monetary Policy: Why Now?’
NEW MONETARY POLICY: WHY NOW?
This panel discussed some recent proposals in terms of new macro policy frameworks, including close coordination between monetary and fiscal policies in the United States and European Union. With Tom Barkin, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; Duke Rubenstein Fellow Sarah Bloom Raskin, Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury & Governor of the Federal Reserve Board; and Aurel Schubert, Former Director-General, Statistics Department, European Central Bank. Duke University’s Giovanni Zanalda and Lawrence G. Baxter moderated the discussion. February 19, 2020 at the Perkins Library, Duke University.
HUMANKIND: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Richard Leakey is a Kenyan paleoanthropologist, politician, explorer, and environmentalist. Together with his teams, Leakey made an astounding number of significant finds throughout the 70s and 80s, including Turkana Boy, the 1.6 million-year-old skeleton of a juvenile Homo erectus. Richard Leakey visited Duke for a public lecture at the Nasher Museum on October 22, 2019. The event was organized by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) and the Duke Africa Initiative.
Richard Leakey visited campus on October 22, 2019 to discuss the timeline of humankind’s existence.
We support global research, academic travel, and language learning opportunities through student and faculty awards.
DUCIGS and its affiliated centers and initiatives administer 25 student awards and 12 faculty awards.
The student awards support both undergraduate and graduate students while they conduct research abroad, learn a language, or travel for academic conferences. Our Faculty awards host scholars from around the world through the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program and provide faculty funding for conferences and research.
This year 165 students received awards to travel around the world. Their research spanned topics and disciplines including the impact of social media on vaccine hesitancy in the UK, or the technology of earthquake early warning in Nepal, and social capital in immigrant communities in Costa Rica.
Travel awards have been assigned in 2020 but they haven’t been used due to restrictions and will resume when bans are lifted.
2019-2020 DUCIGS Award Breakdown
The Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS) invites proposals for Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues at the start of each academic year. DUCIGS provides funding for expenses related to meetings, such as readings, audio-visual materials, and food. Groups are eligible to request additional support for special programming during the academic year, including workshops, symposia, mini-conferences, and publications.
Working Group for the Amazon
Black Sound & the Archive
Corruption in Developing Countries
Decolonizing Global Health in LMICs
Global Mental Health Coalition
Global Perspectives on Artisanal & Small-Scale Gold Mining
Graduates Engineering & Researching Microbiomes (GERM)
Informed Choices for Equitable Development
Moving Aesthetics of Empire
Post-Colonial Racial Oppression in Africa: Ethnic Discrimination, Political Oppression, Crime, and African-on-African Violence*
Slavery, War & Gender
Sponsored by the Africa Initiative (*).
To learn more about the working groups visit: https://igs.duke.edu/academics/graduate-working-groups-global-issues
At the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS), we are actively engaged in publishing new research. The Duke Global Working Paper Series provides a space for scholars from across the disciplines to explore international topics. DUCIGS welcomes submissions from Duke experts and affiliated scholars.
Papers in this series are published to the Social Science Research Network as part of the Duke Global Working Paper Series. This series is edited by Giovanni Zanalda.
Unlocking Utilities of the Future in Sub-Saharan Africa
What Diplomacy Can Do for You
Transitioning Away from Donor Funding for Health: A Cross Cutting Examination of Donor Approaches to Transition
Funding the Development and Manufacturing of COVID-19 Vaccines
Multilateral Constraints on Chinese Behavior in South China Sea Territorial Disputes
Public Financial Management Perspectives on Health Sector Financing and Resource Allocation in Ethiopia
Growth Strategies to Avoid the Middle-Income Trap
Can Social Capital and Network Homophily Facilitate Community Participation?
Aligning multilateral support for global public goods for health under the Global Action Plan
The Chinese World Order in Historical Perspective
‘Second Nature’: Realism’s Transatlantic Origins, 1880-1910
The New International Economic Order, Utopian Realism, and the Recovery of an Alternative Vision for Global Governance
The 1970s and the Politics of Political Realism
Progressive Realism: Possible? Yes. Cogent? Perhaps Not
Africa’s Debt: Three Concerns, Three Remedies
Transitioning from Foreign Aid: Is the Next Cohort of Graduating Countries Ready?
Improved Sanitation Increases Long-Term Cognitive Test Scores