This course focuses on a relatively new category of political actors that are increasingly challenging the state monopoly on the diplomatic realm: non-state actors. The course will survey a vast array of these actors, including NGOs, think tanks, and terrorist groups, and will examine how they function across a variety of diplomatic issues in the Asia-Pacific. Students will study the ways in which non-state actors influence diplomatic activity and, in turn, shape the nature of relations between states in the region.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a wide range of knowledge of non-state actors that actively seek to influence states and regional organisations
- Apply a range of theories and analytical tools relevant to the study of non-state actors
- Understand and apply the difference between policy and scholarly writing
- Analyse the impact of non-state actors on diplomatic interactions and policy outcomes in the Asia-Pacific and the international system at large
- Report (20) [LO 1,2]
- Policy Brief (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Essay (40) [LO 1,2,4]
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10 Hours per week over 12 weeks, comprising 2 hours of seminar attendance, a 1-hour tutorial and 7 hours of self study
Requisite and Incompatibility
Ann M. Florini (ed.) The Third Force: The Rise of Transnational Civil Society, Washington DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2000
Shamina Ahmed and David M. Potter, NGOs in International Politics, Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 2006
Week 1: Understanding Non-State Actors: Conceptions and Analytic Frameworks
Week 2: NGOs as International Actors
Week 3: Traditional Non-State Actors
Week 4: Think Tanks
Week 5: The End of the Cold War and the Landmines Treaty
Week 6: Privatizing Foreign Policy: Private Military Contractors and Lobbying Firms
Week 7: Influential Individuals: Eminent Political Figures & Celebrity Diplomats
Week 8: Insidious Non-State Actors: Corrupt Corporations, Terrorists, Pirates
Week 9: Role of Civil Society in Constraining National Security Policies in the Asia-Pacific
Week 10: Transnational Civil Society and Human Rights
Week 11: Transnational Advocacy Networks in Japan-Korea Diplomacy: The “Comfort Women” case
Week 12: Course Summary and Review
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6481||24 Jul 2023||31 Jul 2023||31 Aug 2023||27 Oct 2023||In Person||N/A|