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Globalism, Regionalisms and Separatisms

Global Development
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The international society is progressively seeking to solve its regional conflicts through global forums such as the United Nations. The UN, apart from its peacekeeping operations, is also broadening its roles in economic and social development. This course aims to introduce the concept and theoretical frame of the so-called “New Regionalism”, as well as to compare it to the concept of Globalism - the two processes of globalization and regionalization are articulated within the same larger process of global structural change. We also look into International Organisations, such as the United Nations, but also Regional Organisations, such as the European Union, in order to assess its basis for action and its success and/or insuccess.

Course Content

1. The New Regionalism: A Conceptual and Theoretical Framework

  a) Globalism versus Regionalism

  b) The New Face of Regionalism

  i) Core and Periphery

  c) Levels of Regionness

  d) The Dynamics and Impact of Regionalization

2. Globalism and Regionalism: International Organisations

  a) The European Regional Experience

  b) The Regional Basis for Action

3. The Contemporary Challenges to Regional Peace and Security

  a) Flexibility and Fluidity of Regional Politics

  b) The Rise of China

  c) Arms Modernization and Nuclear Proliferation

  d) Territorial Disputes

  e) Rapid Economic Development and Regional Peace and Security

4. Prospects for the Future


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