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University of Naples Federico II

Contemporary Issues in World Politics

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This course is part of the IPSAMOOC project, a joint venture Federica Weblearning - IPSA, the International Political Science Association

Withthe demise of the Soviet Unionand the end of the Cold War, the World Order that had been established after the Second World War began to undergo significant transformation. After a short period of euphoria during which Eastern Europe was incorporated into NATO and the European Union, and a slightly longer-lived period of American predominance in the international system, a multi-polar system set in. Developments at both the regional and global levels have emerged to challenge world peace and order.

This course reviews the driving forces of International Politics. It first describes the post-World War II international order before moving on to look at its breakdown and resultant transformation.

The course explores thorny issues in contemporary World Politics, including disorders in the Balkansthat resulted from the collapse of Yugoslavia; the rise of China and the return of Russia as major actors on the world stage; and the humanitariancrises in Bosnia and Kosovo where the West intervened, as well as Rwanda and others, where it did not.

We'll then conduct an analysis of the Arab Spring, where democratic aspirations mainly failed and the resulting dislocations fanned the expansion of radical Islam and the associated wave of global terrorism. The course will also examine frozen conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, and conclude by looking at the problems of the global commons; such as climate change, pollution, pandemics, and growing refugeechallenges.

Taught by

İlter Turan and Mehmet Ali Tuğtan



4.8 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

4.2 rating at edX based on 14 ratings

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  • Saleem Baig
    Excellent course. I have no background in geopolitics, this was the first time i read about the conflicts and major geopolitical issues that occurred in my conscious lifetime. The instructors were able to explain the background to these very succinctly.
  • Anonymous
    The most interesting and fascinating thing about this course is its structure or the way it has been designed. The reading material which has been provided after every class is a unique and inventive idea. Because in most of the courses which are available on different platform like Coursera, there you are not provided with reading materials and what happens because of this, you have a blurred sense of the topic after a few days.

    This course has given me a vivid explanation of the rise of new international order and for this I thanks edx.

    Btw I am a student of political science and international relation at the University of Delhi. I couldn't get the certificate because I could not afford.

  • Anonymous
    Its a very informative course which was well designed and structured. The tutors were experts in the field and really explained the contemporary issues faced the world during the cold war era upto the present time. I really enjoyed reading the extra material which gave a very good insight into the powers at play during the times gone by. I really recommend the course to anyone who is looking to get an insight into recent history of the world and how politics fit in.
  • Anonymous
    It was a very interesting course and all credit goes to the people who researched and designed it.

    The course did list most the major issues in the political domain which are available in most of the print media. It would have been more beneficial if the underlying factors, leading or contributing to that event could have explored in more details.


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