Historian

Professor of International History

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva - Switzerland

I teach and research the history and politics of international organisations, of western humanitarianism, of transnational movements and philanthropic foundations. I studied and published on authoritarian and totalitarian regimes and humanitarian interventions. I have a longstanding interest for International Law and its history. I am passionate about visual politics and photography in particular. I supervise master and PhD students with a variety of interests (read more about them and about me on this website). I teach for Smith College undergraduate exchange students and I am director of an executive education programme on international advocacy.  

Certainty, Compassion and the Ingrained Arrogance of Humanitarians, Manchester University Press, 2020, 27-44.

utopia3 broadcasts for free on the Internet its podcasts conversations with activists, advocates, artists, scholars, practitioners and policy-makers who think, make and struggle for Human Rights every day, in their own way.

utopia3 undertakes artistic projects connecting history and art, academic knowledge and pop culture to investigate and question the socio-cultural, economic and political legacies of the Twentieth century.

In March 2020 utopia3 broadcasts its first podcast series in collaboration with the 18th edition of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Right (FIFDH).

An interview on Swiss television in French on Italian politician Matteo Salvini, early August 2019.

This is the video of a conference held at the Graduate Institute with photojournalist Don McCullin, on 24 April 2017. I introduced and interviewed him together with Le Temps  journalist Lisbeth Koutchoumoff.

In June 2020, the Foundation organised an electronic dialogue on the theme of major European challenges in 2020. Find all the videos.

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Pat Cox, President of the Foundation and former President of the European Parliament, moderated this dialogue to which the following personalities contributed: Péter Balázs (professeur, Université d’Europe centrale, ancien membre de la Commission européenne, ancien ministre des affaires étrangères de Hongrie, Vienne); Nicolas Baverez (historien, économiste et éditorialiste au Point et au Figaro, Paris);  Davide Rodogno (professeur, Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement, Genève);  Anna Stünzi (présidente du think tank suisse de politique étrangère foraus, Berne); Bruno Tertrais (directeur adjoint de la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, Paris);  Laurent Warlouzet (professeur, Sorbonne Université, Paris).

Among the themes discussed were: the major European challenges over the last century, the accumulation of European crises, including the recent coronavirus crisis and its political, economic and social consequences, the challenges of European institutional governance, demographic factors, migration, climate issues, Europe in a global system where multilateralism is being questioned, security issues.

A 2011 video, in which I explain what I was teaching and researching back then (in French)... the Graduate Institute is bilingual!

A 2016 video in which I present the International History Department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland where I work and served as Head of Department (2014-2017)

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