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Topics in Global Studies (I500)



New Faces of International Security in the 21st Century

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The predominant conception and approach to international security has undergone profound change since the early 1990s. Despite some elements of continuity, the differences greatly outweigh these. This seminar will look at the theoretical underpinnings of the revised conception and approach, but it will focus primarily on the major new challenges deemed to confront the world. These include proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, internal conflicts of political, ethnic or religious types, challenges to human rights, transnational criminal networks, pandemics like AIDS and SARS, economic insecurity stemming from things such as International financial instability and economic inequality, international migration, environmental conditions like degradation of water, air, and land resources and climate change, disruptions of complex information systems, and scarcity of vital resources such as oil, water, and food.

During Spring 2009, four visiting scholars were in residence at IU for a week each and work in the course:

  • Sabelo Gumedze, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Dr. John Gearson, Reader in Terrorism Studies and Director of the Center for Defense Studies in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London, and former principal defense policy adviser to the Defense Select Committee of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom
  • Dr. Andre de Mello e Souza, Assistant Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro specializing in International Relations and International Political Economy
  • Dr. Ahmad Shikara, Researcher at The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

There was also interactive video sessions with a number of analysts and policymakers in the United States and abroad. Among these were:

  • Dr. Philippe Moreau Defarges, Senior Fellow at the French International Food Policy Research Institute in Paris, France
  • Dr. Greg O'Hayon, analyst at Canada's Criminal Intelligence Service in Ottawa, Canada
  • Dr. Susan Martin, former Director of Research and Programs at the Refugee Policy Group and Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and current Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Marc Cohen, Research Fellow in Food Consumption and Nutrition at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Henning Riecke, Head of European Foreign and Security Policy Program, German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin

For the Sake of Heaven: Religion and Politics in the Globalization Era

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This seminar examines the extent to which globalization has affected interrelationships between religion and politics in the modern world. It looks at transnational religious institutions, ideologies, religious movements, and how they are challenging the existing world order, nation-state structures, and secular political ideologies, and shaping our personal identities, loyalties, and ways of looking at the world. Is the world heading towards a "Clash of Civilizations" based on religious conflicts, a New International Religious Order based on tolerance and religious pluralism, or something in-between! The seminar explores distinctions between fundamentalist and liberal theologies; the extent to which religion supports democratization movements throughout the world, the impact of the explosion of missionary movements geared towards Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and that of mass migrations of people with different faith traditions to the western world.


Third World Urbanisms: Space, Development and Globalization in the Postwar Era

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For postwar development institutions, cities across the emerging Third World presented a profound threat to the economic and political goals associated with the development enterprise. These concerns generated a diverse set of urban design, planning, and housing programs, spanning cities from Kabul to Baghdad to Lagos to Lima.

Instead of seeing the centrality of the urban as just a reflection of an urbanizing Third World, the course explores its rise in the development discourse as a reflection of new forms of composite knowledge, group expertise, and modes of intervention. Our goal is to understand how different concepts of space and spatiality have shaped postwar theories of development and globalization. Readings include a variety of critical texts—spanning architectural and planning theory, urban sociology, geography as well as the history of science, philosophy, and anthropology—that theorize the idea of space in capitalism and processes of socioeconomic change.


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