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Faculty: Michael Ignatieff
The course is designed to provide students with a practical and policy-oriented analysis of the impact of economic globalization, international law and human rights on the exercise of sovereignty by modern governments. It will help students to identify the core sovereign responsibilities of government and the core demand of modern peoples in a post-imperial world: to be masters in their own house. We will ask whether this demand can actually be met in a globalizing world. The course is also designed to clarify when states are entitled to intervene in the affairs of other states. We will examine failing and failed states and what can be done to repair them. We will evaluate the rationale of recent military interventions as well as recent failures to intervene. We will pay attention to sovereign default and coercive debt re-structuring. We will look at problems sovereigns are failing to tackle, like climate change. Students should come out of the course with a clear definition of responsible sovereignty as well as clear idea of how and when to intervene in states that fail to meet their responsibilities.