POL 396

International Organizations

James Raymond Vreeland

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This course is about international cooperation and sacrifice. We consider global organizations: the United Nations, World Bank, IMF, and WHO; and regional ones: the European Union, Asian Development Bank, and African Development Bank. We also consider China’s new institution, the AIIB. We examine their origins and effectiveness, and the interests of powerful members, like the US and China, as well as countries in Latin America and Africa. Taking a political-economy approach, the course pedagogy also involves references to films like Wonder Woman, Dark Knight, and The Godfather, as well as music by Adele and Bob Marley.

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