Sovereignty: TRUTH OR MYTH? – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

As years pass and states develop, the idea of sovereignty is a controversial issue to address. Many historians, like Arnold Toynbee and Richard Grove, have debated the importance of a state’s power over others and its impact to international affairs. In similar matters, Stephen Krasner, Professor of International Studies, and deputy director of FSI, published “Think Again: Sovereignty”, in which he explains the misconception of sovereign states and how international institutions have evolved. He answers critical questions concerning the well-being of sovereign states and their citizens around the world. In his work, Krasner acknowledges an evolution in sovereignty instead of a decline in the system. As well, he points out how powerful states work together in order to maintain an international stability for the benefit of its people.  Continue reading Sovereignty: TRUTH OR MYTH? – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

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Sovereignty: Declining or Evolving- Julia Norman

Globalization is a catch phrase in today’s society, but what does it really mean? To me, the definition encompasses a plethora of components such as the sharing of ideas, cross boarder economics, cultural sharing, and division of resources. With so much involvement cross- boarders, there becomes a blurred line of state power and sovereignty. It is a debated topic whether sovereignty is in decline or just being challenged by various factors. Krasner, a professor of International relations at Stanford University, argues the idea that sovereignty has always existed, however is always being challenged in various ways. Continue reading Sovereignty: Declining or Evolving- Julia Norman

Is the state obsolete?– Chiara Gabellieri

War makes states. This is the argument author Charles Tilly contends. Tilly states that in its infancy, the sovereign state and state building seemed to have been a result rather than a goal of war and the pursuit of power. The states that remain today are ones that withstood the test of time and were strong enough develop into unified and self-governing entities. Continue reading Is the state obsolete?– Chiara Gabellieri

Should the U.S. play a leading role in governing cross-border issues? – Prof. Mike Schroeder

The emergence of transnational threats such as the Islamic State has forced the president to again defend his foreign policy record and respond to the criticism that he lacks a guiding vision.  In response, the president has continued to insist that he has a pragmatic vision guided by an unwavering faith in the importance of US leadership. Continue reading Should the U.S. play a leading role in governing cross-border issues? – Prof. Mike Schroeder

Blogging for SIS 280 – Prof. Michael Schroeder

Blogs have become a common tool for communicating ideas and analyzing developments in global governance. Further, many organizations have increasingly asked staff or recruited analysts to write blog posts to enhance the organization’s social media presence, engage others in the field, highlight important developments and explain its work to important constituencies. Continue reading Blogging for SIS 280 – Prof. Michael Schroeder

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