Which theoretical approach offers the best understanding of one of key issues discussed in the Winter semester? Answer by comparing at least two IR theoretical approaches (or theories).
Some of the key issues to consider :effectiveness of the UN; climate change, environmental degradation; global trade, inequality; poverty and international development; war; international security; terrorism; nuclear weapons proliferation; humanitarian intervention. You can pick a more specific topic within the broad topic (e.g., the Paris agreement; North Korea and nuclear weapons; the war in Yemen; achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs), etc.)
Some of the IR theories/approaches to consider : Realism; Liberalism; Marxist approaches; Critical Theory; Poststructuralism; Feminism; Post-colonialism; Queer international theory; Green theory; and ConstructivismAcademic sources
International Organizations:The United Nations
Rosa Freedman, “How to Make the United Nations Fit for Purpose in a New Globalised Era,” The
Conversation,18January2017[Available online: https://theconversation.com/how-to-make-theunited-nations-fit-for-purpose-in-a-new-globalised-era-71022 ].
International Organizations:The United Nations
Garrett Hardin, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” Science, 162, 3859, 13 December 1968, pp.
1243-1248 [Available online: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/162/3859/1243]
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, “The Paris Agreement,” 2016. [Available
online: http://unfccc.int/paris_agreement/items/9485.php ]
Amy Goodman and Asad Rehman (interview), “Climate Change and Inequality are Driving War
and Catastrophic Conflicts from Syria to Africa,” Democracy Now! , 3 December 2015 [Available
Vandana Shiva, A Conversation with Vandana Shiva – Question 3 – Treehugging and the Chipko
Movement, interview with Ian Mauro, 26 February 2012 [Available online
International Political Economy and Global Trade
Jason Hickel, “Bill Gates Says Poverty is Decreasing. He Couldn’t be More Wrong”, The Guardian,
29 January 2019. [Available
Drew Fagan, “NAFTA Negotiations: Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd?”, The Conversation, 28
August 2018 [Available online: https://theconversation.com/nafta-negotiations-twos-companythrees-a-crowd-102327].
Sangu Delle, “In Praise of Macro – Yes, Macro — Finance in Africa”, TEDGlobal 2014 [Available
Poverty and International Development
UNDP, Human Development Report Indices and Indicators, 2018 Statistical Update, 2018
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab [Available
United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals, 2015 [Available
Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), 2017
[Available online: http://international.gc.ca/world-monde/issues_developmentenjeux_developpement/priorities-priorites/policy-politique.aspx?lang=eng ]
Stephen McCloskey, “9 Reasons the International Development Sector Needs to Get Political,
Address Power Relations, and Adopt a Transformative Agenda”, OpenDemocracy, 31 July 2019
[Available online: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/9-reasonsinternational-development-sector-needs-get-political-address-power-relations-and-adopttransformative-agenda/ ]
Sian Ferguson, “Dear Volunteers in Africa: Please Don’t Come Help Until You’ve Asked Yourself
These Four Questions”, Matador Network, 6 July 2016 [Available
Andrea Freidus, “Volunteer Tourism: What’s Wrong With It and How It Can be Changed”, The
Conversation, 8 November 2017. [Available online: https://theconversation.com/volunteertourism-whats-wrong-with-it-and-how-it-can-be-changed-86701 ]
Mark McNeilly, “The Battle of the Military Theorists: Clausewitz vs. Sun Tzu,” History
Network News, 25 January 2015 [Available
online: https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/158123 ].
Sten Rynning, “Zero Civilian Casualties: Why the Face of Western War Gives Us A
False Idea of Conflict,” The Conversation, 20 March 2018 [Available
online: https://theconversation.com/zero-civilian-casualties-why-the-face-ofwestern-war-gives-us-a-false-idea-of-conflict-93090 ].
Council on Foreign Relations, Global Conflict Tracker [Available
online: https://www.cfr.org/interactives/global-conflict-tracker#!/ ]
Jason Burke, “ ‘The Wars Will Never Stop’ – Millions Flee Bloodshed as Congo Falls
Apart,” The Guardian, 3 April 2018 [Available
online: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/03/millions-flee-bloodshedas-congos-army-steps-up-fight-with-rebels-in-east ].
Emmanuel Jal, The Music of a War Child, TED Talk, July 2009 [Available
online: https://www.ted.com/talks/emmanuel_jal_the_music_of_a_war_child/upnext?language=en ]
Mark Maslin, “Climate Change is not a Key Cause of Conflict, Finds New Study,” The
Conversation, 24 April 2018 [Available online: https://theconversation.com/climatechange-is-not-a-key-cause-of-conflict-finds-new-study-94331 ].
United Nations and World Bank, Pathways to Peace: Inclusive Approaches to
Preventing Violence Conflict, 2018 [Available
online: https://www.pathwaysforpeace.org ].
Scott Lucas, “Syria Update: Why No One is Really Winning the War,” The
Conversation, 25 January 2018 [Available online: https://theconversation.com/syriaupdate-why-no-one-is-really-winning-the-war-89947 ].
Humanitarian Intervention and Responsibility to Protest
Samantha Power, ‘Bystanders to Genocide: Why the United States Let the Rwandan
Tragedy Happen’, Atlantic Monthly, September 2001 [Available
online: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/09/bystanders-togenocide/304571/ ].
Kyle Matthews and Allan Rock, “The World’s Disturbing Inaction as the Genocide
Convention Turns 70”, The Conversation, 4 December 2018 [Available
online: https://theconversation.com/the-worlds-disturbing-inaction-as-thegenocide-convention-turns-70-107783 ].
Public Safety Canada, Listed Terrorist Entities/Currently Listed Entities, [Available
online: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/cntr-trrrsm/lstd-ntts/crrnt-lstdntts-eng.aspx ]
US Department of State, Bureau of Counter-terrorism, Foreign Terrorist Organizations,
[Available online: http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm ]
Daniel Byman, “Is Right-Wing Terrorism Rising?”, The National Interest, 13 August
2019 [Available online: https://www.gq.com/story/dylann-roof-making-of-anamerican-terrorist ].
Nuclear Weapons Proliferation
Katie Hunt, “Why Kim Jong Un Came in From the Cold: 3 Theories,” CNN, 22 April
2018 [Available online: https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/22/asia/kim-jong-un-threetheories-intl/index.html ].
Zachary Laub, “What is the Status of the Iran Nuclear Agreement?”, Council on
Foreign Relations, 31 July 2019 [Available
online: https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/what-status-iran-nuclear-agreement ].
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