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The Changing Role of Non-State Actors in International Affairs

Monday 7 December 2020
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2020
Online via Teams (code: mfn7eno)


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This will be a highly interactive seminar designed to promote maximum interchanges on the seminar topic during the Q&A following an overview by Nicholas Dungan.

Non-state actors represent an oft-neglected category in international relations studies. After surveying the history of non-state actors, the seminar will review, inter alia: intergovernmental organisations; think tanks and other intellectual actors; multinational enterprises and transnational service firms; global media and the role of moguls and celebrities; sub-state actors such as political parties, global cities, regulators and judges; non-governmental organisations (the 'good guys') and extra-legal and terrorist groups (the 'bad guys'); and actors from religion, culture and sport.

The seminar will evaluate the interplay of these actors with states and with each other, then assess the future impact of non-state actors, which is by no means crystal-clear, and end with a shortlist of big-picture questions designed to promote stimulating debate with the webinar audience.

The seminar stems from a course course taught since 2015 by Nicholas Dungan at SciencesPo. That course, in turn, builds on a project initiated by Nicholas Dungan and Count Etienne Davignon between Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, and Egmont, the Belgian Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels.

About the seminars

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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