Recent crises, such as unrest in Ukraine, Libya or Syria, stir debate on how international power relations are changing. Understanding the extent to which international organizations like NATO or the UN should intervene is critical to maintaining global stability.
How can we evaluate and think critically about global issues, and understand how world power structures are evolving? Join Challenges in Global Affairs, a 3-course Specialization from Universiteit Leiden and the University of Geneva. This Specialization started Monday, May 19th, with the first course, The Changing Global Order.
In this Specialization, you’ll learn:
The Changing Global Order course is especially relevant for anyone wishing to understand the Russia-Ukraine conflict unfolding now. In Week 2, Prof. dr. Gerrits says, “The annexation of the Crimea I would argue is not the beginning of a new era in global politics, although Putin wants us to believe that. It’s an expression of Russia’s anger and frustration, rather than of its growing influence and strength. Russia may be a re-emerging power, but it remains still far too weak to actually define the global order of things.“
The course shows how international relations develop,how global power shifts take place, what the role of emerging powers is in the global system and whether international institutions provide sufficient ‘voice’ to emerging powers in global governance. The Changing Global Order also features guest lecturers including Prof. mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the 11th NATO General Secretary and an expert on world peace and conflict resolution.
If you’re considering a career in diplomacy, international affairs, crisis management, or NGOs–or simply want to understand how politics affects your life and the world around you–Challenges in Global Affairs will help you gain a framework for understanding our world today.