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2022 Spring

CURRENT ISSUES IN IR FROM DIPLOMATIC PERSPECTIVES - IRS507 Spring 2022


Course
Daniela Chalaniova
For information about registration please contact our admissions.

Lessons

Here is the course outline:

1. L01_Course Introduction

Feb 8

Introduction of the course topics and schedule, the syllabus(!), assignments and readings. General introduction to the course.

2. L02_A Brave New World of AI

Feb 15

4th Industrial Revolution – Artificial Intelligence, Digital Divide, Principles of New Digital Realms, Complexity, Uncertainty, Probability, Dual purpose technology, Big Data

3. L03_Surveillance Capitalism

Feb 22

Biopolitics – Individual and Population Level Control, GWOT, Exhaust Data, Spectacle, Internet of Things, Digital Divide, Inequality

4. L04_Disinformation, Populism and Democracy

Mar 1

Description: How do Social Media influence the information we get? Is connectivity promoting or detrimental to Democracy? Who has the authority/information to govern? How do Populists work with information?

5. L05_SEMINAR on Digital Revolution

Mar 8

6. L06_How Many Orders?

Mar 15

Description: Every few decades scholars predict a change in world order, today is no different – rise of new powers, decline in US leadership, global problems such as climate change, rise of inequality and different values challenge the order we live in.

7. L07_Russian Redemption/Roulette

Mar 22

Description: Russia has been reasserting its influence over the past decade, what are the internal and external motivations? How does Russia view its neighborhood, its sphere of influence? Is war in Ukraine part of a Liberal World Order challenge? Are we witnessing a new Cold War?

8. L08_Whatever Happened to Human Rights

Apr 5

Description: If early 2000s saw the “hey-day” of human rights, with principles such as Responsibility to Protect adopted by the UN, the 2010s decade saw a decline or ignorance of rights, often the result of humanitarian intervention and attempts to change regimes. Furthermore, does the new era of digital communication and climate change bring a demand for new rights?

9. L09_SEMINAR on Liberal International Order

Apr 12

10. L10_Climate Change and the Anthropocene

Apr 19

What are the scientists saying? How do we approach nature? Are there any other ways how to think about human-nature relationship? How do we qualify climate change and does it redistribute risks anew? What do countries and regions do to prevent the worst and how does the short-term, long-term nature of democratic political systems aid these efforts?

11. L11_Migration

Apr 26

Migration is a result of multiple factors, climate change, instability being just a few of them. What are some of the reasons why people migrate? What can governments do about it?

12. L12_Covid-19

May 3

To say that a global pandemic caught us unprepared would be an understatement, it has shown the best and the worst of political regimes around the world. Why is global cooperation failing in the face of yet another global threat? What are governments doing to get their power, legitimacy and influence back?

13. L13_On Resilience

May 10

While resilience seems now like a “catch-all” term, it does not make the effort of surviving any less relevant. How do people, societies adapt to new challenges? How do we live and govern ourselves in environments full of uncertainty and complexity? How can we re-think our social and political organization?

14. L14_SEMINAR on Humanity and Environment

May 17

Discuss!

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