International Relations: Negotiating a Better World
No generation has had the opportunity, as we now have, to build a global economy that leaves no-one behind. It is a wonderful opportunity, but also a profound responsibility!
Why are some countries and people much richer than others? Are democracy and globalization working? Can we restrict global warming and heal environmental damage? The problems faced by humanity in 2019 are graver than at any time in history. Economic, social and environmental problems are compounded as they have been globalized in an interconnected world. Harmful gas emissions from developed nations are resulting in sinking of atolls in Maldives, which faces the brunt of lifestyle choices of other countries. A disruptive leadership in the USA has upset the multilateral order of world trade and global governance. The repercussions can be observed in Asia, Africa and Latin America in the form of increased inflation.
To respond to such problems, member states of the United Nations negotiated major international legislations in 2015: Addis Ababa Action Agenda for financing for development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Paris Climate Change Accord. Why are we unable to make progress in spite of such landmark agreements? Are the differences between global North and global South (developed and developing countries) more pronounced than ever before? What is the role of global partnerships in trying to achieve mutual aspirations? Why are global leaders unwilling to work together even though technology and resources are available to realize the SDGs?
This course will introduce students to the discipline of international relations and global politics, through case studies, debates, role plays and simulations. International Relations Theories will be introduced along with the idea of democratizing international relations. Basic contexts of history, economics, international law and geography would be provided to enable students to view current international affairs critically. India’s historical and current role in peace and development as a ‘soft power’ in the global arena will be discussed. Students will be able to appreciate happenings in current international affairs through a critical lens and participate in a ‘global diplomacy lab for the future’ simulation.