GVT 464/860 Preventive Diplomacy at the United Nations- The purpose of this course is to understand how preventive diplomacy at the United Nations works and can be used more effectively in resolving the critical issues that the international community and the United Nations are grappling with around the world.
GVT 468/668 UN and Humanitarian Governance- This seminar will explore actors and issues in the context of the United Nations system in connection with humanitarian governance challenges. We will examine theoretical, political, legal issues and institutional issues, then analyze protection, civil-military relations in peace operations. UN and other peace operations and 147responsibility to protect148 will be analyzed, and hard choices for all those who wish that globalization should be more humane, and who are interested to confront moving targets and evolving challenges of humanitarian governance, including dilemmas 147of not doing harm, when intending to do good148, in international humanitarian engagement. With humanitarian action146s new power comes knowledge that even the most well-intentioned projects can create as many problems as they solve. Are unforeseen consequences, blind spots, and biases of humanitarian work–from focusing too much on rules and too little on results? Students are expected to actively participate in interactive, visual and practical simulation exercises and role plays of humanitarian emergency operations Prerequisite: Junior standing. Previous relevant knowledge/experience desirable.
GVT 509 UN Seminar- Intensive study of the U.N., its subsidiary bodies, and their role in international relations. Research on a particular African member-state, acquisition of knowledge of U.N. processes and procedures, and seminar paper required of each student. Students may attend a simulation of the Organization of African Unity or similar model U.N. conference during the semester. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent is required. Background in international relations is recommended.