Around Webster: Vautravers an Oxford Visiting Fellow; Kingston on Rights of Displaced Persons

| December 10, 2013

Recent professional news and honors for Webster University community members include:

Vautravers Appointed Oxford Visiting Fellow; Speaks in France on Arms Industry, Deterrence Doctrines


Alexandre Vautravers, of the International Relations Department at Webster University Geneva, has been appointed a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. Building upon research produced for the Swiss government earlier this year, Vautravers has expanded his original work and proposed a project on the future of conventional defense. The research will examine the shift of stabilization/counterinsurgency doctrine and operations, toward conventional high-tech procurement and arms race – primarily in the Pacific – as a result of global economic changes and President Obama’s “Pivot to Asia” strategy.

The results of this research will be discussed in the Spring 2 graduate course, INTL 5500 War & Diplomacy. Read more on this story at the Webster Geneva site.

Separately, Vautravers was invited to speak at a conference organized by the French Senate on the development of the European arms industry. The conference, which was attended by over 300 guests, included a panel chaired by the former French Minister of Defense Alain Richard.

Finally, this week Vautravers speak at a conference organized by the French National Assembly (Parliament), on the theme of the evolution of nuclear deterrence doctrines. The former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard was among the panelists.

Kingston in South Africa; on Human Rights of Displaced, Stateless Persons


Also in the College of Arts & Sciences, Lindsey Kingston, director of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, attended the “Robust Socio-Technical Architectures in Support of Displaced Persons” on Dec. 4-5 in Cape Town, South Africa. This interdisciplinary workshop explored research agendas with the goal of helping displaced persons meet their information and communication needs. Invited academics and practitioners from a variety of fields – including computer and information sciences, refugee studies, and communications – focused on the development of robust and rapidly deployable technologies. This workshop was funded by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

Kingston joined the editorial board for Human Rights Review, a leading academic journal in the field of international human rights, in December 2013. Human Rights Review is an interdisciplinary journal which provides a scholarly forum in which human rights issues and their underlying empirical, theoretical and philosophical foundations are explored. The journal seeks to place human rights practices and policies within a theoretical perspective in order to link empirical research to broader human rights issues.

Kingston is also an affiliated researcher with the International Observatory on Statelessness (IOS), which is based at Middlesex University London. The IOS was created in March 2007 as a collaborative project between Oxford Brookes University and the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. It gathers data on the causes and conditions of statelessness, promotes research on this issue, provides policy recommendations, and acts as a clearinghouse for those working on this topic.

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  1. Ss says:

    An excellent professor and a charming individual!