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POLSC312: International Organizations

Unit 7: Future Considerations for International Organizations   As the final unit for this course we will simultaneously take a look backwards and forwards to discern possible patterns, trends, and discontinuities in international government and governance.  Ultimately, the adage “if you don’t learn from the past, history will repeat itself,” while trite, is nonetheless appropriate here.  Thus, it is incumbent upon us, the current and future participants in global affairs, to learn from our collective past, identify current issues and pursue reasoned, appropriate solutions for potential future problems.

Unit 7 Time Advisory
This unit should take approximately 10 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 7.1: 1.5 hours

☐    Subunit 7.2: 8.5 hour

Unit7 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Discuss the patterns of international governance and government that have emerged since WWI. - Identify and analyze the potential areas for future international governance and government activity.

7.1 What Patterns in International Organizations Have Emerged since WWII?   - Reading: Overseas Development Institute’s “Humanitarian NGOs: Challenges and Trends” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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  • Reading: Harvard University: Kim Reimann’s “International Politics, Norms, and the Worldwide Growth of NGOs” Link: Harvard University: Kim Reimann’s “International Politics, Norms, and the Worldwide Growth of NGOs” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article.
     
    Studying this resource should take approximately 1 hour to complete.
     
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7.2 What Issues or Challenges Will Develop for International Organizations as We Move Further into the 21st Century?   7.2.1 Global Governance in a Multipolar World   - Reading: Friedrich Ebert Foundation: Marc Saxer’s “The Comeback of Global Governance: Ways out of the crisis of multilateral structures” Link: Friedrich Ebert Foundation: Marc Saxer’s “The Comeback of Global Governance: Ways out of the crisis of multilateral structures” (PDF)
 
Instructions: The above link takes you to the digital library of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Friedrich Ebert Foundation).  The articles in the database are listed in chronological order with the most recent first.  Therefore, please note the year of publication included above; it will guide you to the correct reading.  Scroll down the list of articles until you reach the one with the following heading: Saxer, Marc - The comeback of global governance: ways out of the crisis of multilateral structures.  Click on the link provided; this will open a PDF version of the reading.  Please note that there are multiple articles by this author.  Be sure to read the one with the title indicated.
 
This reading should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
 
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7.2.2 The G-20 and Global Governance   - Web Media: YouTube: World Economic Forum’s“The G-20 and Global Economic Governance” Link: YouTube: World Economic Forum’s “The G-20 and Global Economic Governance” (YouTube)
 
Instructions: Open link and watch complete video.  Assess how the growing power of emerging economies is reshaping global governance.
 
This reading should take approximately 1 hour to complete.
 
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7.2.3 Globalization and Global Governance   - Reading: Tecnológico de Monterrey: Jonathan Lockhurst’s “From Globalization to Global Governance?” Link: Tecnológico de Monterrey: Jonathan Lockhurst’s “From Globalization to Global Governance?” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Open link.  The PDF link is at the upper left of the page.  Read the complete article.  What specific dynamics of globalization are reshaping how international organizations engage with pressing issues?
 
This reading should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.
 
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7.2.4 Global Governance and Declining U.S. Power   - Reading: The Council of Foreign Relations’ “The Future of Liberal Internationalism: Global Governance in a Post- American Hegemonic Era” Link: The Council of Foreign Relations’ “The Future of Liberal Internationalism: Global Governance in a Post- American Hegemonic Era” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Open the link and click to open PDF.  Read the complete article.  How is the relative decline in U.S. reshaping global governance?  Is a hegemon necessary for liberal internationalism?  
 
This reading should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.
 
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7.2.5 The Rising Power of China and International Organizations   - Reading: The Economic Strategy Institute: Stephen Olsen and Clyde Prestowitz’s “The Evolving Role of China in International Institutions” Link: The Economic Strategy Institute: Stephen Olsen and Clyde Prestowitz’s “The Evolving Role of China in International Institutions” (PDF)

 Instructions: Open the link.  Scroll down to the middle of the page
and download the PDF.  Read the entire article.  What challenges and
opportunities does the rising power of China pose to issues of
global governance?  
    
 This reading should take approximately 4 hours to complete.  
    
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