How We View Our Past

Robert Brathwaite · TEDxNIU 2014

Robert Brathwaite talks about how the understanding of international politics can help us understand our memories of the past and the future. He mentions that memories of the past have a cynical nature. He raises the question on how change can influence our past memories and lead to future change.

Robert Brathwaite holds the position of assistant professor of political science with a specialization in international relations at Northern Illinois University. He graduated Cum Laude with a BA in both political science and history from UCLA and received his Ph.D. and MA in political science from the University of Notre Dame. Before receiving his Ph.D. from Notre Dame, he also spent time in Washington, D.C., where he served as a research intern for the Center for Security Policy.

His dissertation research examined the dynamics associated with secession with the specific focus of identifying the factors most likely to lead to recognition of seceding territories who violently challenge their parent-state. His work in this regard has concentrated on defining the role that great power politics and norms of democracy have on the likelihood that a seceding territory will be recognized as a new state actor in the international system.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.