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Conference focuses on 'The State of the World,' Feb. 13-14

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies will present its inaugural conference on "The State of the World" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Visiting scholars of international and regional studies, including Frangois Bourguignon of the World Bank, Linda Weiss of the University of Sydney and Michael Mann of the University of California-Los Angeles, will join Princeton faculty members in discussions of possible contradictions or paradoxes in current global events.

On the first day of the conference, the opening panel will focus on the relationship between parallel increases in claims to ethnic uniqueness and in pressures to conform to a common definition of human rights. The afternoon panel will consider the increasingly complex relationship between growth and inequality. On day two, the panelists in the morning session will discuss how local interests and perceptions conflict or mesh with global pressures. The closing discussion will examine developments in global security, the rise of the United States and the apparent victory of classic liberalism over other ideologies.

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the institute's Web site . The institute was launched last summer to conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research and teaching on issues of global importance.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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