Making the World Safe for Sovereignty
June 1, 2016 —
In April of 2016, United States’ President Barack Obama visited the United Kingdom. His purpose, at least partially, was to make plain the U.S. position on the proposed exit of Britain from the European Union — the so called "Brexit." Appearing alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, a staunch opponent of Brexit, President Obama urged Britain to remain in the EU, to continue playing an EU leadership role. In the days leading up to Cameron and Obama’s stage show, former… Read More
Blogging in ‘Blandcouver’
May 12, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

I am in Vancouver as I write this.  One in every four or five cars here in the city's central business district seems to be a German or Japanese luxury marque, with the occasional Bentley or Maserati sprinkled in for flavor.  Window shopping at a real estate brokerage demonstrates the nearly inconceivable prices for housing anywhere near the city center.  The affluence here is palpable.  With easy access to Asia, a mild maritime climate, an inviting combination of mountains and… Read More
2017 Executive MNR International Experience to India
May 8, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

In January 2017, the 28 student graduate students in the current cohort of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program will travel for 10 days to the Indian cities of Delhi and Jodhpur.  Along with three CLiGS faculty members — Bruce Hull, Michael Mortimer, and Holly Wise — the students will be tackling a series of case studies in the two cities, spread across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.  The international experience serves as the capstone of the XMNR program. … Read More
New Affiliation with the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment
April 26, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

In March, CLiGS officially became an affiliated center of Virginia Tech’s Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE).  As one of only seven Virginia Tech research institutes, ISCE promotes interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the social sciences, arts, and humanities that addresses social and individual transformation. Through its affiliate network of research centers, laboratories, and programs, ISCE fosters communication and collaboration across the university. In the case of CLiGS, our center’s focus on leadership to meet global challenges fits nicely within… Read More
The City is Dead. Long Live the City
April 19, 2016 — Michael Mortimer

Cities have historically competed with one another for resources. Land for agricultural products; territory to supply taxable populaces; for preferential trade routes and concession privileges; and for talent (luminaries, artists, and scholars).  This competition has occasionally escalated to armed conflict, particularly in Renaissance Italy where a unifying strong central government was very late on the scene.  It only took a three-decade early version of a world war to bring about a fundamental change in this competition.  The 1648 Peace of… Read More