School of International Service, American University
Washington, DC USA
March 22, 2011

To mark UNESCO's recognition of Transnational Challenges and Emerging Nations Dialogue (TRANSCEND), and the establishment of the UNESCO Chair on Transnational Challenges and Governance at American University, TRANSCEND hosted a global workshop on agenda-setting on 22 March, 2011. The workshop (agenda attached) included presentations on:
  • "Democratization and Its Implications for Global Order" (by Jordan's former culture minister, Prof Faisal Al-Rfouh);  
  • "Human Security and Non-Traditional Threats" (by Professor Arlene Tickner of University of Colombia),
  • "Governing Regional Worlds," (by Dr Miriam Prys of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies);
  • "Concepts and Approaches" (covering the information revolution and global governance, as well as an explanation of the TRANSCEND Collaboratory, by Prof Derrick Cogburn of American University).

We had a very productive dialogue, with remote participants from Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe.  This is a very promising demonstration of our cutting-edge and TRANSCEND collaboratory concept, a communication tool for the borderless world, and a medium for regular dialogue among our network members and other relevant participants from around the globe. We plan to hold a series of such dialogues on a regular basis, covering the TRANSCEND themes and projects.   

To request a copy of the recording for this workshop, please email  Erica Seng, Program Coordinator, at