• About Thomas G. Weiss

    Thomas G. Weiss is the director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and presidential professor of political science at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is spending his sabbatical year at Konstanz University in Germany and Leuven University in Belgium.

    The Business and Politics of Good Samaritans

    by  • March 30, 2013 • Humanitarian Aid, WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan

    “Humanitarian” and “business” are juxtaposed in the title of my new book, “Humanitarian Business,” for two reasons: provocation and accuracy. It jars those who idealize the humanitarian enterprise because the adjective has uncontested positive connotations while the noun is associated with wheeling and dealing and thus at odds with the self-image of true believers....

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    An American in Europe: The UN, Who Cares?

    by  • February 12, 2013 • Development, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments
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    The metro in Cologne, Germany

    BRUSSELS — George Gershwin certainly would not have been inspired to write a symphonic tone poem about an American academic on sabbatical attempting to interpret European reactions to the United Nations. Ten years ago, Robert Kagan wrote that “Americans are from Mars and Europeans from Venus.” Perhaps, but not regarding the UN. After years...

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