Globally Engaging—Together

At Hamilton Lugar, our ethos is rooted in global engagement. But for us, this term has always been about more than America's role in the geopolitical landscape. It's about celebrating differences, seeking understanding, and immersing ourselves in the languages, cultures, and perspectives shaping our world. Some believe this commitment to globalism is harder to maintain in the COVID era—that isolation is more important than solidarity.

We see it differently.

Global progress depends on a deeper understanding of our shared humanity. That's why we created Globally Engaging Together (#GETHLS), a hub for the Hamilton Lugar School community—and those who share our values—to connect with one another and plug in to the stories impacting our global community.

Decolonizing Global Politics with Robbie Shilliam

Johns Hopkins scholar and author Robbie Shilliam discusses his forthcoming book Decolonizing Politics with Hamilton Lugar School Assistant Dean and Professor Shruti Rana. Shilliam researches the political and intellectual complicities of colonialism and race in the global order. He is co-editor of the Rowman & Littlefield book series, Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Question and co-founder of the Colonial/Postcolonial/Decolonial working group of the British International Studies Association.

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The global response to COVID-19 must be inclusive if it is to be effective

As COVID-19 spreads from Europe, East Asia, and the US to other parts of the world, medical professionals and human rights advocates have been pointing out the special threat the virus poses to refugees and asylum-seekers.

COVID-19 Demands a Strong Understanding of Rights of Refugees

From the HLS blog

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The Pick-Me-Up: Movies

Stuck watching the same movies? Check out this week's pick!

Colossus: The Forbin Project by Joseph Sargent (1970).

Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.

The Pick-Me-Up: Books

Here's what we're reading this week!

The Black Pacific: Anti-Colonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections by Robbie Shilliam (2015)

Why have the struggles of the African Diaspora so resonated with South Pacific people? How have Maori, Pasifika, and Pakeha activists incorporated the ideologies of the African diaspora into their struggle against colonial rule and racism, and their pursuit of social justice? Theoretically sophisticated, this book offers an innovative hermeneutical critique of post-colonial and subaltern studies.

See The Black Pacific on Bloomsbury

The Pick-Me-Up: Recommendations


Here are a few of our favorite podcasts to start the day and keep us informed. Shows are linked to iTunes but are available wherever podcasts are found (e.g., Spotify, Stitcher). 

HLS Radio

Check out (and dance to!) our collaborative Spotify playlist for the HLS community. Have some tunes to add? Log in and add to the playlist!

HLS Community Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Clemence Pinaud on the publication of "Genocidal Rape in South Sudan: Organization, Function, and Effects." The article appears in the August 2020 issue of Human Rights Quarterly. From the abstract: "This article explains what genocidal rape does for the perpetrators, and how it impacts society's social stratification." Pinaud is recognized as the first academic to publish on this topic.

Clemence Pinaud, Assistant Professor of International Studies

Got recs?

What are you reading and watching? Share your picks with us and we'll post them on #GETHLS and our social media pages!