International Politics: Selected Issues


Dealing particularly with North-South relations and cases of international interventions, this course will offer insights on important issues in international politics: international rivalries and the unequal distribution of power between states, diplomatic alliances, the negotiation of international norms, the quest for international peace and security, international and domestic causes of armed conflicts, the political struggle for sovereignty, historical heritages from colonial to postcolonial times, decision-making in intergovernmental organizations, professional environments for diplomats and other international experts, public diplomacy and the relation to private organizations. Students attending this course will study empirical cases and discuss analytical tools provided by political sociology, International Relations, political economy, and history.

Bibliographie indicative

  • Michael N. Barnett (1997), “UN Security Council, Indifference, and Genocide in Rwanda”, Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 551–578.
  • Michael Barnett et al. (2007), “Peacebuilding: What is in a name?”, Global Governance, vol. 13, No 1, p. 35-58.
  • Martha Finnemore (1996), “Constructing Norms of Humanitarian Intervention”, in Peter Katzenstein (dir.), The Culture of National Security, New York, Columbia University Press, p. 153-185.
  • Alastair Iain Johnston (2008), Social States: China in International Institutions, 1980-2000, Princeton University Press.
  • Amanda Kay McVety (2012), Enlightened Aid: U.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia, New York:  Oxford University Press.
  • Patrick Quinton-Brown (2020), “The South, the West, and the Meanings of Humanitarian Intervention in History”, Review of International Studies, Vol. 46, No. 4, p. 514–533
  • Paul Sharp (2012), Diplomatic Theory of International Relations, Cambridge University Press.

En bref

Année 4 | Quatrième année

Nombre d'heures 18.0

Mode de validationExamen terminal écrit

Enseignement obligatoire



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