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Durham University

MSc Global Politics


Wednesday 21 November 2018

Thursday 20 September 2018

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Thursday 16 November 2017

Thursday 26 October 2017

Friday 23 June 2017

Monday 5 June 2017

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Thursday 17 March 2016

Thursday 10 March 2016

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Thursday 11 June 2015

Tuesday 9 June 2015

Globalization’s Normativity: Justice, Pluralism, Consent and the Emerging Global Economic Order - Frank J. Garcia (Professor of Law & Dean’s Global Fund Scholar, Boston College)

For reasons as diverse as Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century and the insurgent campaigns challenging both the left and the right in the U.S. election year, the fairness of the global economy has been a subject of increasing substantive and political concern, and rightly so. In order to lay the foundations for lasting normative reform of international economic law — the global economy’s regulatory framework — it is first necessary to outline the normative tilth, if you will, of the global socioeconomic space. The global space will support a variety of normative obligations of varying intensity, but global justice will be possible only in the context of an embraced normative pluralism. We need a vision (or several) of the emerging values of our global society (a kind of global political pluralism or “open cosmopolitanism”); a nuanced understanding of the kinds of relationships, thick and thin, that globalization forms and the kinds of obligations they engender (a global normative pluralism or “moral federalism”); and pragmatic, market-friendly strategies that states and IOs can pursue whatever the pitch of the current global conversation (practice-based fairness). Only in this way can we hope to articulate norms that can gain broad acceptance and form the basis for effective advocacy, implementation and enforcement, and nurture the kind of transformative conversation that justice requires in a global space.

Injustice and Individual Responsibility - Professor Kok-Chor Tan (University of Pennsylvania)

On the institutional approach to justice, individuals' duty of justice is primarily to support and comply with the rules of just institutions. Thus, under the ideal condition when there are just institutions, the institutional approach offers a clear and circumscribed scope for individual responsibility for justice. But what does the institutional approach say when existing institutions are unjust or not adequately just? How much guidance can the approach offer consistent with its special privileging of institutions? One proposal is that individuals have the primary responsibility to do their share to create just institutions. But does this mean that no matter what else an individual can do to bring about more good interpersonally, she must do her part to establish just arrangements? And does this mean that when a person is doing her part in this regard, she adequately discharges her responsibility of justice even when she is able to do more good interpersonally? Some will think that the claim that a person must do her share, as a matter of justice, to establish just institutions fetishizes institutions; and the claim that a person discharges her responsibility of justice when she is helping to create just institutions sells short the demands of justice. I will suggest that these claims are not as implausible as they might sound, but can in fact serve as reasonable guidelines for individual action when just institutions are lacking.

The Clash of Professional Cultures in the Peacebuilding Arena - Dr Jules Sisk (McGill University, Montreal)

Since their initial inception over a half-century ago, peacekeeping missions have had a spotty success record. In order to remedy some of peacekeeping's limitations, a shift has been seen in the past two decades toward "integrated peace operations", meaning that a new array of actors has been brought into the fold. This shift, however, has not been without its problems, particularly in the realm of coordination and cooperation amongst the new panoply of actors. What was once a predominantly military endeavour now incorporates numerous police, governmental, non-governmental and for-profit actors, each with their own goals and modus operandi.

Based on his work within a Canadian peacekeeping-focused organisation, Dr Sisk unpacks some of the primary sources of tension observed between various actors in the peacebuilding field, and explores options for navigating these often turbulent waters. Dr Sisk's research offers a unique insight into the motivation of the various actors, their core values and the underlying (in)ability for critical reflection, as well as explore hitherto absent actors, and the need for their incorporation into the already complex world of peacebuilding specifically, but also the development sphere more broadly.

Socio-eco-political dynamics in the new changing world – a focus on India - Professor Poonam Kumar

Poonam Kumar brings over three decades of world wide experience working both with the private and public organisations in diverse sectors. The spans of her expertise include business strategy, market development, organisational development and capability building. Her key skill lies in successfully identifying new market opportunities and developing innovative strategies and initiatives for international expansion for businesses worldwide. She has worked with several boards both in India and international companies and has developed a wide network of business associates across the globe.

The Role of Energy Resources in Global Politics - Dr Carter Page

In Late November 2014 Carter W. PageCarter W. Page the founder and managing partner of Global Energy Capital LLC, (a New York-based financial institution and investment fund focused on energy investments in developing markets) visited Durham University. He convened a seminar where with the Global Politics programme he discussed the subject of the role of energy resources in global politics, the seminar included a simulation exercise and concluded with Dr Page offering some career advice.

While in Durham Dr Page also held a public lecture on the subject of The New Future of Iraq: Global and regional political development amidst monumental security and market challenges.

International Financial Institutions and Economic Development: Project Case Studies

In a series of seminars MSc Global Politics students met with Global Policy Institute Board member Suresh Nanwani to discuss issues in International Financial Institutions and Economic Development.

Suresh Nanwani is a lawyer at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and is based in Manila, Philippines. He is currently Lead Counsel (Human Resource) in the ADB.

"Overall I found the event very interesting with regards to the practicalities of how a project is approved and managed by an international institution. It gave me an insight into how my skill set can be applied in the context of project management and made me realise whatever field I end up in I ultimately wish to be in a team leader/managerial position. If nothing else it confirmed for me that I do not want to be in the business of approving loans! But, seriously, learning about the process was eye opening and in addition the discussion on internships/access routes demonstrated the places that our course can get you to (eventually). Career is not always at the forefront of my mind but this seminar really made me think about the opportunities afforded to me by the Global Politics Msc; in the process increasing my confidence in the path I have chosen". MSc Global Politics student Sam George.

Northern IPE Annual Workshop

The School of Government and International Affairs hosted.

Justice In A Global Age

In the last three decades, the idea of global justice has attracted an increasing amount of attention within the broader fields of political theory and moral philosophy. The acceleration of globalization since the 1980s has fundamentally challenged the idea that normative political ideas can be confined to the internal life of states. From the nature of human rights, to the responsibility for world poverty, and the governance of the international economy, all major aspects of global politics have received sustained moral scrutiny.

The conference provided an in depth discussion of some of the most relevant aspects of global political morality. The themes addressed included: global health, global distributive justice and is relationship with just war theory, sustainability, the moral psychology of global duties, non-western perspectives on global justice and the role of markets in the realization of global fairness.

The conference took place at Durham Castle (University College Durham) and was co-hosted by the new MSc Global Politics at Durham University School of Government (SGIA), The Global Policy Institute, and CHESS (Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society).

Conference speakers

David Held Durham University - Global public policy and global public justification.

Leif Wenar Kings College London - Empowering peoples.

Judith Lichtenberg Georgetown University - Saving strangers, the moral psychology of global duties.

Ted Schrecker Durham University - Health, justice, and accountability in a ‘borderless world’.

Julian Reiss Durham University - Global market justice.

Dale Jamieson New York University - Global justice in the anthropocene.

Laura Valentini London School of Economics and Politics - Just cause for war and (global) justice.

Thom Brooks Durham University - Towards a more global theory about global justice.

Pietro Maffettone Durham University - Global public policy and global public justification.

Health rights in (against?) the global marketplace

In this guest lecture for the MSc Global Politics programme, Professor Ted Schrecker discussed, Health rights in (against?) the global marketplace.

"Over the past few decades, reorganisation of production and finance across multiple national borders has been accompanied, and often driven, by restructuring of social relationships around the primacy of the market. The consequences have been described by the editor of Le Monde Diplomatique as an ‘inequality machine [that] is reshaping the planet’. That reshaping redistributes opportunities to lead a healthy life (the social determinants of health), and at the same time affects the prospects of political coalitions in support of reducing health disparities. Against this background, the human rights frame of reference is especially valuable as a direct challenge to neoliberal orthodoxy, grounded in the generic commitment to what historical sociologist Margaret Somers has called ‘the right to have rights’ independent of the market".

You can view the post lecture discussions between Professor Schrecker and our MSc students in our video series.

Privatisation of Warfare

The newly launched Seminar Series invited leading researchers from across the UK and beyond whose research addressed one of the central challenges facing Global Governance institutions and policy makers, including Climate change and environmental crisis, Humanitarian crisis displacement and refugees; financial crisis and economic governance etc.

This event brought together an esteemed panel of experts to discuss and engage with the contemporary trend towards the growth of private military contractors (PMCs) and its implications. The speakers on the panel adopted a substantively diverse range of theoretical approaches, methodologies and empirical focus, including but not limited to the changing role of the state, the regulatory challenges posed by PMCs, ethical considerations in the deployment of PMC.

Speakers included:

Dr Bryan Mabee (Queen Mary University London) ‘Private Violence in Historical Context’.

Dr James Pattison (University of Manchester) ‘The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies’.

Dr Adam White (University of York) ‘Help for the Anti-Heroes: The Demobilisation of Private Military Contractors’.

You can view the post lecture discussions between Professor Schrecker and our MSc students in our video series.

MSc Global Politics Video Series

Carlo Gallo & Political Risk: Analytical Methods, Global Trends, and Careers

Carlo Gallo & Political Risk: Analytical Methods, Global Trends, and Careers

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Dr Carlo Gallo, Founder and Director of Enquirisk, talks to Global Policy about analytical methods, global trends, and careers within the field of Political Risk.

What our students say

The close-knit nature of the Global Politics MSc has allowed me to closely engage both with our lecturers, and fellow students in the program. The course has inspired us to debate economic and moral issues pertaining to World politics long after classes are over and made me feel part of an intellectual community not simply enrolled in a degree.

Sam George

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