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Globalization and Human Security Forum Features Former U.N. High Commissioner and Nobel Laureate

By James Devitt

The School of International and Public Affairs' (SIPA) East Asian Institute will host a forum, "Globalization and Human Security," on Wednesday, March 27, at 5:00 p.m., in Miller Theater. The event, officially titled the Weatherhead Policy Forum, will feature the co-chairs of the Commission on Human Security -- Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Sadako Ogata assumed office as one of the co-chairs of the Commission on Human Security on June 1, 2001, with Amartya Sen. While operating in New York, she was also appointed as the Special Representative of the Prime Minister of Japan on Afghanistan Assistance in November 2001. She served as co-chair at the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan in January 2002, in Tokyo, Japan.

Amartya Sen's research has ranged over economics, philosophy and decision theory, including social choice theory, welfare economics, theory of measurement, development economics, moral and political philosophy and the economics of peace and war. His books have been translated into many languages. Sen's recent works include: "On Ethics and Economics" (1987), "The Standard of Living" (1987), "Inequality Reexamined" (1992) and "Development as Freedom" (1999).

In 2000, the East Asian Institute, through the generous support of the Weatherhead Foundation, established the Weatherhead Policy Forum Series to bring major figures in Asian public policy to Columbia to speak about contemporary issues.

The East Asian Institute is Columbia's center for Asia Pacific study and research. Since its establishment in 1949, the Institute has widened its focus to include not only China, Japan and Korea, but also the countries of Southeast Asia and regions of Inner Asia as well. Programming includes regular lunchtime lectures by experts on East Asia; cultural events such as film series and art exhibitions; special symposia featuring noted speakers from government, academics, business, law, and journalism; a busy student activities group; and one of the nation's largest training programs on Asia for secondary school teachers. In addition to serving Columbia's various degree granting divisions, since 1998 the Institute has administered its own Masters in Regional Studies-East Asia (MARSEA) program. It has been designated a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education.

Published: Mar 27, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002

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