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The course evaluates the impact of economic globalization, international law and human rights on the practical exercise of sovereignty by modern governments. It asks students to focus on a key question: what are the sovereign responsibilities of government and what leverage do sovereigns still exercise in an inter-dependent world?
The course also asks student to focus on a second question: when should states intervene in the domestic affairs of other states? Through specific case studies, we will examine the moral, political and strategic rationale of the interventions that have taken place since the end of the Cold War. These will run the full range from the economic—coercive debt re-structuring in Greece and Argentina—to the military—Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. The course is designed to provide students with a practical decision grid to apply when evaluating the calculus of risk in future interventions and to offer a clear definition of the core functions of responsible sovereignty.