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Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud 


An Introduction to the United Nations: Theory, Institutions and Processes and Policies (Intro Requirement)



This course offers students a comprehensive understanding of the foundations and operations of the United Nations. Students will develop and apply sound thinking to the normative and policy debates which surround the organization by examining the UN through its historical, theoretical and practical processes and dimensions. 


Dr. Roy Licklider


State Building after Civil Wars: The Role of the UN and the International Community (Advanced Elective)



 This seminar will focus on the ways in which civil wars end and states are formed afterward in the post-World War II era: How has the strategic context for the UN and the international community's involvement changed since the Cold.War: Hew has the UN shifted and expanded its field operations from "traditional" missions to complex "multidimensional" enterprises. These developments will be explored in this course.


Dr. Eric Davis


Theories of Democratic Transitions and Good Governance: Applications from the Arab Spring, Europe, and Latin America (Intro Elective)



This course examines the conceptual framework surrounding the idea of democratic transitions and good governance. Topics include theoretical debates on the concepts of democracy, democracy promotion and sustainability, causes of authoritarianism, and methodological debates on the study of democratic transitions.


Dr. Eric Davis


 Theory and Method and the Study of Global Affairs (Intro Requirement)



One of the main problems facing the world today is its increasing economic integration, on the one hand, and the lack of integration in the area of global political institutions,  social practices and cultural understandings. To fully understand the process of globalization, we can approach it through five levels of analysis: economic, political, social, cultural and international. We will be looking at what role can the United Nations and UN institutions and agencies play in fostering a more equitable and integrated global society


Ambassador T. Hamid al-Bayati, Ph.D.

16:790:627  International Terrorism and the Arab Spring (Advanced Elective)  TBD TBD

This course will study global security challenges such as fundamentalism, extremism and terrorism and will shed light on the roots of religious fundamentalism and how terrorism has become a pervasive phenomenon in the modem era. We will study the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation of terrorism, and the emerging 4th generation.


Engy Abdelkader, Esq

16:790:627  Human Rights and the United Nations System (Intro Elective) TBD TBD

This course will introduce participants to the realm of international human rights; with a particular focus on the United Nations system. In addition to surveying the history and foundation of human rights, we will explore myriad substantive areas including civil and political rights, economic and social rights, and the elimination of racial discrimination, gender rights and freedom of religion or belief. We will consider legal, political and other mechanisms used to protect human rights as well as contemporary discourses in the field.

Schedule subject to change.