Non-Western powers: Global rules and institutions

Non-Western powers such as Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa play a growing role in shaping global institutions and rules. They sponsor new institutions such as BRICS, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and engage in debates within existing institutions about the proper understanding of fundamental norms such as sovereignty, intervention, human rights and self-determination. What effects does this have on the Western-dominated post-1945 international order? It is increasingly clear that stereotypes such as “socializing non-Western powers into the liberal international order” or “The West vs the rest” fail to capture the complex reality of the roles and influence of non-Western powers. 

In this course, participants will develop a nuanced understanding of the influence of non-Western powers in different issue areas and institutions. We will examine the ideas, interests and strategies of non-Western powers as well as the reactions of Western powers to new institutions and contestation within existing institutions. We will dissect the different conceptual frameworks and analyse a diverse set of cases ranging from security to economic governance to internet and human rights. As a result, participants will gain a more thorough understanding of the evolving reality of global policy-making. In addition, they will get to refine their op-ed and policy brief writing skills.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.