Do we need a comprehensive and binding international treaty in order to start to tackle the global issue of climate change? Of course not. Do we need the country of Lesotho to agree to chip in by reducing greenhouse gas emissions before other countries can move forward on addressing climate change? Again, of course not, and thankfully it seems that we are waking up to those simple facts.
A country’s success is based on, not only acknowledging when there are times of struggle, but being able to adjust its plans and policies in order to find solutions for the situation it is facing. However, there is difference between planning to do something and actually doing something about it; by acting states can establish whether or not it works or if it can be improved. On the other hand, by simply planning and not executing their blueprints, states will just have an overall expectation of what can happen but no concrete facts of how the idea/concept will eventually turnout. One of the most ongoing disputes in international development is how organizations approach and perceive today’s worldly affairs. Continue reading International Development Organizations: Aid Effectiveness v. Aid Allocation – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera
This week’s readings take a critical approach on Mearsheimer’s opinions, who claimed that realism is the only approach that is valid in today’s context of states co-operating, and this is due to the fact that there is no governing authority to police each state effectively. Achieving interdependence under institutionalist theory can be tricky, although achievable, and the nature of it has changed, in my opinion. Continue reading To Play Nice or Not? – Gar Meng Leong