DA4883 Networks and Nation-States

This course focuses in detail on the relationship between transnational networks and the contemporary nation-state system. It emphasizes that transnational networks manifests themselves in many forms: social; political; philanthropic; criminal. Whatever the future holds for the nation-state system it is clear that transnational networks have taken on an important new (or reconfigured) role with the rise and uneven consolidation of globalization since the 1970s. The course begins with some basic definitional and conceptual issues. This is followed by sections on the history and contemporary significance of regional and global networks of various types. The overall objective of this course is to gain a better understanding of the structure and dynamics of transnational networks; those of a malevolent political character or organized criminal syndicates, as well as benevolent networks of differing types. This is done in a fashion that tries to retain a relatively discrete definition of the term "network", but also makes clear that they have been, and continue to be a more widespread element of world politics and international relations than is sometimes assumed. In this spirit, the geographical range of the course is global and both discussion and research projects can and will focus on Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and beyond.


Students completed at least two quarters of course work, or instructor's permission.

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  • As Required