Barcelona, Spain

Authoritarian Regionalism in the Modern World Politics

online course
when 21 June 2021 - 23 June 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 165

This course is about modern autocracies and their strategies to engage with neighbouring states and to form international organizations at global scale. These international organizations (founded and sponsored by such autocracies as China, Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia) became important actors in the world politics of 21st century. Examples of these organizations are the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Eurasian Economic Union, among others. The influence of this “authoritarian regionalism” has radically increased in terms of both geographic scope and intensity, creating an unprecedented challenge to democracies and democratization worldwide, as well as to policy-makers. This course will address the impact, importance, causes and consequences of these international organizations in global politics and in Eurasia (looking into the implications for the EU’s External Neighborhood Policy). Understanding and analysis of authoritarian regionalism worldwide are relevant from both scientific and policy perspectives. How do these newly emerged international organizations interrelate and interact with the outside world? How do they counteract and confront the danger of democratization in their own member states and neighboring states? How and why do the political regimes, economic development, religions and cultures of the states matter in the foundation and development of these international organizations? The course aims to address these questions through travelling to “zones” of authoritarian regionalism in Arab regions (e.g., the Gulf Cooperation Council), in Latin American (e.g., the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America), post-Communist Eurasia (e.g., the Eurasian Economic Union), and China (e.g., the Shanghai Cooperation Council). Special attention will be paid to the implications and challenges faced by policy-makers in the EU’s Neighborhood and Eurasia.

Course leader

Anastassia Obydenkova (IBEI)

Target group

The IBEI Summer School in Global Politics, Development and Security is a program designed for graduate students and all those who have an interest in advanced knowledge of international security, international development and global politics issues. The objective is to offer different short courses on significant topics, taught by scholars and experts of international prestige. The School will enable participants to broadly discuss current developments in world politics in the light of core social-science and IR theories and perspectives. The format will be online or hybrid (face to face and online). Optionally, students may ask for an assessment in order to be able to obtain ECTS credits, provided they are recognized by their university.

Course aim

This course is about modern autocracies and their strategies to engage with neighbouring states and to form international organizations at global scale. These international organizations (founded and sponsored by such autocracies as China, Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia) became important actors in the world politics of 21st century. Examples of these organizations are the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Eurasian Economic Union, among others. The influence of this “authoritarian regionalism” has radically increased in terms of both geographic scope and intensity, creating an unprecedented challenge to democracies and democratization worldwide, as well as to policy-makers. This course will address the impact, importance, causes and consequences of these international organizations in global politics and in Eurasia (looking into the implications for the EU’s External Neighborhood Policy). Understanding and analysis of authoritarian regionalism worldwide are relevant from both scientific and policy perspectives. How do these newly emerged international organizations interrelate and interact with the outside world? How do they counteract and confront the danger of democratization in their own member states and neighboring states? How and why do the political regimes, economic development, religions and cultures of the states matter in the foundation and development of these international organizations? The course aims to address these questions through travelling to “zones” of authoritarian regionalism in Arab regions (e.g., the Gulf Cooperation Council), in Latin American (e.g., the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America), post-Communist Eurasia (e.g., the Eurasian Economic Union), and China (e.g., the Shanghai Cooperation Council). Special attention will be paid to the implications and challenges faced by policy-makers in the EU’s Neighborhood and Eurasia.

Credits info

1 EC
Participants have the opportunity to gain ECTS credits if they are recognized by their universities.

6 hour course: 1 credit = Complete the course + daily assignments / project work

Fee info

EUR 165: Fee for Students. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 9 June 2021
EUR 250: Fee for Professionals/Researchers. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 9 June 2021

Scholarships

A number of scholarships to cover full or half course fees will be available. In addition to the application requirements, to apply for a scholarship, interested persons must send until 20th May 2019, a letter of interest and a recommendation letter