IS lecture #4 - InternationalStudies#4 16:00 I.Introduction

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International Studies #4 16:00 I. Introduction NGOs, like IOs, increasingly important New forms of technology allowed their importance, and relevance to rise End of CW rivalry opened a platform for NGOs to shape debate and become involved in  global issues Very few barriers to entry, one can form an NGO and have an impact much more easily  than forming an IO or globally interested organization Main Questions What are NGOs; what do they do; what power do they have? What impact do NGOs have? Criticisms?  Issues at Stake Important actors in global affairs We want to understand what they do and who they are.  They are relevant to topics of  globalization.  They get us to the power of ideas, very rarely do they deal with lots of  money, etc.  Instead they persuade. Example of the power of ideas: “norms in action” Sources of change in the international system Working toward improvement in social welfare (ex: climate change or human rights).   Where does change come from?  Link NGOs to sources of international change.  **Talk  about in discussion** II. Non-Governmental Organizations in International Politics Definition of NGOs Non governmental organizations that are acting internationally.  Generally form a  network around an issue.  Almost by definition they are charitable, non for profit  organizations. Examples of NGOs Doctors without borders: emergency health care in situations of conflict CARE international: developmental and humanitarian work World Vision: similar to CARE but religious Oxfam: sustainable development and hunger issues Amnesty International: human rights issues
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Human Rights Watch: human rights issues Ford Foundation: fund universities in developing countries
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IS lecture #4 - InternationalStudies#4 16:00 I.Introduction

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