International organisations

International organisations are tasked with solving some of the toughest global problems – from climate change to international conflicts. Understanding their power, limitations and how they make decisions is crucial for understanding international affairs. Many of today’s international organisations were established in the 20th century, yet today they face a new set of problems and they must balance existing mandates with new challenges.

International organisations must also respond to changing power dynamics as new emerging powers, corporations and civil society actors become influential players on the international stage. This course examines how IOs are responding to the challenges of 21st-century global politics. How do they work? How are international organisations adapting and maintaining their legitimacy in a challenging environment? What answers do they provide for key issues like the North-South divide?

This course is for 1st year MIA students only.