Oral history interview with Thomas G. Weiss, 2006


Weiss, Thomas G. (Thomas George), 1946- (Interviewee)
Emmerij, Louis (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Thomas G. Weiss, 2006
Thomas G. Weiss was born on February 26, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan. Education: St. Scholastica; University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 1964; BA Economics Harvard University,; MPA Princeton University; French Studies Institute de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva),; PhD Political Science, Princeton University Career: Special Assistant to Vice President of Lincoln-Mercury; Volunteers in Servi ce to America (VISTA) Youth Informatory at Riker's Island; International Labor Organization (ILO) International Institute of Labor Studies, 1970; World Law Fund; World Food Conference publication with Director of Research at United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Research Manager International Peace Academy (IPA); Research Professorship and Deputy Director at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University; Co-director of Humanitarianism and War Project at Brown University; Professor and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, August; Founder and co-author of research volume at International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), 2001; editor of Global Governance (2001); and Co-author of International Displacement: Conceptualization and Consequences (2006) Jesuit influence on education and work ethic; influence of Vietnam War and conscientious objector (CO) status on educational and career choices; transition to political science and international relations at Princeton; UNCTAD intellectual and professional culture; World Food Conference Publication; UNCTAD relationship to New International Economic Order (NIEO); career transition to peacekeeping, conflict resolution, and humanitarian intervention at IPA and the Ralph Bunche Institute; collapse of the Soviet Union; relationship between non-state, state actors, and UN; discussion of UN research publications; UN policy transition from peacekeeping to military intervention in 1990s; military intervention in Africa; ICISS, 2005 UN World Summit, and adoption of "responsibility to protect" in humanitarian intervention; limitations of human security policy; significance of UN global conferences; gender; global governance; UN Intellectual History Project and institutional memory; UN achievements; United States relationship to UN; United States hegemony; Kofi Anan's legacy; Oil-for-Food scandal; Security Council reform
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United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP)
Conscientious objectors; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Neutrality; Human rights; International economic relations; International organization; Peace; Conflict management; Weiss, Thomas G. (Thomas George), 1946-; Annan, Kofi A. (Kofi Atta); United Nations. Oil-for-Food Program; United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; International Peace Academy; United Nations Officials and employees; United Nations. General Assembly; United Nations. Security Council
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Note (Biographical)
Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of UN Intellectual History Project, and Research Director of International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty
Interviewed by Louis Emmerij on February 21 and February 22, 2006
Note (Provenance)
Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Gift, 2009
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Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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