INAF-339 Krogh Honors Seminar
Spring for 2008-2009
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This seminar explores the role international organizations (IOs) play in world politics. We start with a brief exploration of the history of IOs and discuss some of the conceptual issues that lie at the hard of many contemporary debates about IOs. We then investigate the impact of specific IOs. We start with security issues, where we will in particular investigate the UN Security Council. We then move to the economic arena, where we will look at the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank. Finally, we move to the role IOs play on the environment and human rights. In the latter area, we will investigate the development of international courts, such as the ICC and the ECHR. The central questions we will ask about these IOs are: why were they created, and by whom? What roles were they originally expected to play in world politics, and if those roles changed over time, how and why? What contributions have these IOs made in their particular policy areas; and what factors shape the depth, scope, and effectiveness of these contributions? Throughout the seminar, the relationship between the United States and IOs receives special attention.
Permission of SFS Dean's Office required.
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