ICAR Lecture Confronts Conflicting Governmental Roles

Posted: October 31, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

This week’s brown bag lecture at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) features Janine Wedel, associate professor in the School of Public Policy and a fellow at the National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. At noon, she will explore “Conflicting Roles and Social Networks: Governance, Corruption, and Accountability.”

Wedel is the winner of the 2001 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order because of the ideas set forth in her latest book, Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe, 1989-1998. Wedel analyzed what she calls the “gigantic disconnect” between East and West, “forged by the Cold War and exacerbated by the barriers of language, culture, distance, information, and semi-closed borders.” Previous recipients of the award include Mikhail Gorbachev and Samuel Huntington.

Before coming to George Mason, Wedel was affiliated with the School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh Ridgway Center.

The discussion is part of ICAR’s series of informal lectures on the research and practice of conflict resolution and is held in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, located at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. For more information, call (703) 993-1300.

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