Course date

10 July - 4 August, 2000
Application deadline
15 February, 2000
Course Director(s): 

Roger Coate

Department of Government and Sociology, Georgia College & State University/ Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina, USA

Mihaly Simai

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Andrei Gratchev

Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow, Russian Federation

Paula L'Ecuyer

University of South Carolina, Walker Institute of International Studies, Columbia, United States of America

Donald Puchala

Walker Institute of international Studies, Department of Government and International Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, United States of America

James Rosenau

International Relations, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States of America

Sergey Sevastyanov

International Studies Center, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service, Russian Federation

Gillian Sorenson

United Nations, USA
This course is organized around one of the late twentieth century's most challenging intellectual and practical puzzles, a puzzle that challenges the core of the interstate legal order's foundations in state sovereignty:
Initiating and sustaining effective international responses to threats to human security require the integrated engagement of nonstate entities with state entities at and across all levels.  Yet the foundation of the UN system in the principle of the inviolability of state sovereignty greatly constrains and inhibits UN agencies from engaging civic and subnational state entities constructively.  In this context emerges an overriding challenge:  how to generate and sustain effective cooperation both horizontally across differing autonomous organizational domains, legal jurisdictions, and sectors of society and vertically across time as well as across different levels of social aggregation from the micro level of individuals in their roles in groups, organizations, and communities to the macro level of representative governance in international forums.
The course is designed to enhance the professional development of young scholars who are interested in or actively engaged in research and teaching about international relations, international institutions, sustainable development, and human security. It is a component of a much larger transnational research and professional development program for young scholars in the social sciences and humanities. That project, the "Creating Effective Partnerships for Sustainable Development Project," is in cooperation with the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the United Nations University, the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the International Studies Association. It is designed to build self-sustaining interdisciplinary research and teaching networks among scholars from different nationalities, cultures, professions, and disciplines. The course will offer participants an in-depth analysis of the forces that will affect and challenges that will confront institutions and practitioners of global governance in the twenty-first century and various steps that might be taken to enhance the effectiveness of international institutions in responding to those challenges. The course will present and challenge participants with the latest concepts, theories, empirical analyses, and teaching techniques about the nature, structures, and processes of global governance and the "new" multilateralism involving private sector, civil society, and social movement actors.