Fall 2015 - 59850 - PA387G - The Nature of the International System

What are the principles and structures of order and governance in the international system? What is the role of power? Is hegemony necessary for world order? What happens when new powers emerge? Do nuclear weapons lead to more stability in the international system? Are international organizations important? Who do states cooperate internationally? Are non-state actors important?

This course will seek to answer these and other questions, starting with first principles of the nature of the international system through a survey of core substantive arenas in international policy including security, economics, the environment, and global health.