In this course we will study the ways that individuals, states and organizations have institutionalized the coordination of their activities to deal with global or transnational issues and problems.
We will examine how, where and why international organizations operate and whether or not they are significant and effective actors on the international stage. We will also explore the legitimacy, accountability and effectiveness of non-governmental organizations. Using a series of case studies, we will examine the ways that states, inter-governmental organizations (like the United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank) and NGOs (like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) interact to provide global solutions for major world problems in the areas of international security, the global economy, human rights and the environment. Specific case studies will include security cooperation in the war on terror, the role of transnational advocacy networks in creating the landmines ban, the creation of the International Criminal Court, the Millennium Development Goals and the re-conceptualization of state sovereignty to include state responsibility to protect individual human rights.