Your Place in Global Society!
We live in an increasingly interconnected world. Economic crises in Southeast Asia effect economic markets in North America. Political unrest in the Middle East increases the likelihood of civil unrest in Europe. Elections in the United States affect policy-making in China. What are the consequences of economic, political, and cultural globalization? How can we, as global citizens, stimulate development, reduce inequality, solve conflicts, and promote democracy? To find out more, joins us for the IE Summer School in Global Politics and Development!
Daniel Kselman (IE) – Politics and Economics in a Globalized World
As the globalization of the world economy accelerates and erodes national borders, nations have become more interdependent than ever before. How do domestic political and economic dynamics interact with global politics and economics? And will it ever be possible for humans to live in a truly global society? This first day of the IR track will address these questions, and lays the groundwork for the remaining sessions. It will also involve ‘breakout sessions’ designed to help students in the IR-track get to know one another, as well as a 1-session social entrepreneurship simulation.
Daniel Kselman – Democracy, Development, and Populism in the 21st Century
With the End of the Cold War, many people welcomed the arrival of a new democratic era. However, the last 15 years have also witnessed many challenges to democracy and even regression in some parts of the world. Are democracies more peaceful and less conflict-prone than non-democratic regimes? Do they achieve better economic growth and lower economic inequality? How should we understand the rise of populism in recent elections? These sessions will provide a hopeful but realistic assessment of the prospects for democracy in our lifetime.
Waya Quiviger – Global Governance and International Organizations
Will it ever be possible for humans to live in a truly global society, where governance is ‘supranational’ rather than national? Although institutions like the European Union and the United Nations might provide hope for such a possibility, there remain significant obstacles to genuine global governance. These sessions aim to explore the successes and challenges associated with global governance in international organizations, using a combination case studies and a short model UN simulation.
Nikitas Konstantinidis – European Union at the Crossroads
The European faces unprecedented challenges in today’s world, from Brexit, to refugee migrations, to Russian expansion on its Eastern flank. In the past, these types of challenges have often been faced and resolved, and have led to deeper integration. Will the same be true of the current era? Or will today’s challenges throw a wrench in the European project, and lead to backsliding in the European project? These sessions, which combine a mix of lecture and simulation, will help answer such questions.
Evan Liaras – Peace, Conflict, and Mediation
Conflict, both civil and international, is still pervasive in our world, from the Middle East to Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe. Conflict and violence take many forms (terrorism, civil war, interstate war) and political scientists have struggled to identify common causes or common solutions. Is conflict fundamentally different in the 21st century than it was in the past? Is it driven more by economic, political or cultural causes? Are foreign interventions effective and what can the international community do to reduce conflict and promote peace? These sessions will include a conflict resolution exercise where students can try their skills at negotiation and mediation.
Waya Quiviger – Social Entrepreneurship: Solutions for the World’s Poorest
As a global community we need to do a better job serving the Base of the Pyramid, the billions of people left behind by today’s global economy. Social Entrepreneurs are motivated people who find innovative solutions to poverty, underdevelopment, pollution, gender inequality, and other social problems. This seminar will introduce students to the core concepts of social entrepreneurship, innovation, social impact measurement, and sustainability. We will use a mix of both interactive lecture as well as applied case studies activities to help students understand the extent of and causes of global poverty and under-development.
Anna Marra – Project Management
Project Management skills are a necessity in today’s global labor market, whether you plan on entering the public, private, or non-profit sectors. Today’s global professionals need a holistic understanding of the project management process, from project selection, to budgeting, to implementation, to monitoring and impact assessment. This seminar will introduce students to distinct methodologies in the field of project management, and will give students to put together a management plan for a mock project in international development or affairs.
Daniel Kselman – Strategic Design in International Relations
Strategy is everywhere. Thankfully, the science of Game Theory provides students, scholars, managers, and policy makers with a set of invaluable tools and options to deploy in strategic contexts. Learning how to use these simple tools of strategic design can help policy makers and project managers take effective decisions which improve project outcomes, and allow individuals to rise within their organization. This two-day seminar will teach students the basic tools of strategic design, and includes a practical exercise in which students must over the course of 2 sessions both design and present a strategic model.
Francisco Seijo – Climate Change: Crisis or Opportunity?
Tsunamis in Asia, floods in Europe, ‘megastorms’ and ‘megafires’ in the United States…a casual look at today’s headlines gives the sensation that our world’s weather patterns are rapidly becoming more hazardous. Furthermore, climate change and the resulting scarcity of water, arable land, and other basic resources, lie at the heart of violent conflicts and instability in places such as the Middle East and Africa. That said, collective responses to our changing global climate also present a unique opportunity for new forms of international and subnational cooperation. This seminar addresses the challenges, but also the opportunities, made possible by our shared environmental evolution.