Tuesday, 22nd March 2016 at 6pm Simone Weil Amphitheater
Bertrand Badie, is a French political scientist and international relations specialist. He is a professor at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and associate lecturer/researcher at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CERI).
He co-edits the collection “L’état du monde” with Dominique Vidal for “La Découverte” publications and has published each year since 2010 a collective work on the state of the world today.
His most recent books are Quand l’Histoire commence (CNRS publications, 2013), Le Temps des Humiliés: Pathologie des relations internationales (Odile Jacob publications, 2014) and Nous ne sommes plus seuls au monde (La Découverte publications, March 2016).
The prevailing view of international relations is based on Westphalian history, heavily marked by western methods of inventing the State. The result is a culture of war which is very closely associated with the power and completion of state-building. European philosophy, law and political sciences remain profoundly marked by it. Gradually since 1945, the context has changed and the meaning of war has been reversed, moving from the expression of power to the culmination of institutional, social and economic weaknesses. This transformation, a surprising turnaround closely linked to globalization, paralyzes contemporary modes of international regulation which are still very much connected to the archaeology of warfare.