SEST-719 Global Power: The Influence of Multinational Corporations
Offered academic year 2017-2018
The world is becoming a matrix with a multitude of influential actors. We are currently witnessing an accelerating shift in traditional power centers, and nation-states are no longer the only significant players. In fact, their power is seeping away as new centers of influence expand and flex their muscles in an increasingly complex global environment. In a world that was once separated and contained by national boundaries and loyalties, a new cast of actors is aggressively determining outcomes based on motivations, capabilities, and actions that may have little in common with the goals of governments. While nation-states and their leaders continue to retain immense authority, Multinational Corporations (MNCs) now routinely circumvent governments to accomplish their goals. This shift in power centers has the potential to cause friction and could work against stated geo-political objectives. Understanding this new environment is critical to achieving success within the frameworks of national security, international relations, politics, and economics.
This course is designed to examine the historical role private companies have played in United States foreign policy, the current questions surrounding the integration of Multinational Corporations in international relations and national security, and a look toward the future. It is essential that the next generation of policy makers understand the impact of MNCs and the balance that is needed as the integration continues. Decision-makers must have the insight and the ability to determine the strengths and the weaknesses of outside involvement, as well as the benefits and the pitfalls.
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Fall '17: Roberts K (file download)
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