Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2020



Course Number

DIPL 6202

Course Description

The focus and aim of this Course - DIPL 6202: Politics at the United Nations: Relevance and Reform - is to examine the pivotal importance of the United Nations system at this critical juncture in global affairs, amidst the backdrop of a rise in undemocratic and illiberal politics in a number of countries. The United Nations is the world’s premier multilateral organization whose voting membership is made up of sovereign nation-states. And therefore, its success or failure is solely dependent upon the performance or non-optimal performance of its member states in exercising their political will for the greater good. And it is within the prism of political interactions between member states that we can ascertain the Relevance of the United Nations and assess the merits of UN Reform.