Amsterdam, Netherlands

Multilateralism, Globalization & Corporate Diplomacy

when 5 July 2020 - 23 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1600

[Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this programme has been cancelled for summer 2020. If you are interested, please visit the programme website and send us an email. We will keep you posted about online alternatives, other developments and summer 2021].

Does climate crisis spell the end of human civilization or a chance for a major breakthrough in global cooperation and multilateralism? Is the resurgence of nativist attitudes a transient backlash or the dawn of the post-globalist era? Will mission-driven business dominate future markets or become yet another trite gimmick? Those are the types of questions participants in this course will ponder, working in teams, and focusing on practice over theory.

When it comes to our infinitely complex global system, there are many questions and very few answers. The words of Virginia Burden when considered within our global context ring true today more than ever, “Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” Participants in this program will explore the pillars on which the global system is built, from the basics of the Bretton Woods system, to the G7 and G20, and the emerging multilateral institutions within BRICs. We’ll consider the past, present and future role of a nation-state, global corporation, civil society through the prism of globalization.

Subjects include: economic diplomacy, multi-stakeholder institutions, the role of civil society, and the power of an individual to drive change. Students can expect short excursions in Amsterdam, and a visit to a multilateral organization. Throughout the programme, students will work in teams and present their critique of existing institutions, brainstorm concrete proposals to strengthen global cooperation, and offer fresh solutions to the policy dilemmas that the world is struggling to address.

Course leader

Andrew Chakhoyan

Target group

For current university students (3rd & 4th year Bachelors and Masters) in the social/political sciences, business, or public administration with an interest in global affairs. For young professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field and expand their understanding of international relations.

Course aim

Without robust global cooperation, humanity can’t effectively address the challenges of the 21st Century (climate emergency, the rise of inequality, the impact of automation on jobs, AI safety, advancements in genomics and biotech, etc.). To improve global cooperation, we need to understand it first, and that’s the aim of this course - to better familiarize the students with the existing multilateral system, explore its shortcomings, and gain an appreciation for what is at stake.

Fee info

EUR 1600: Tuition fee includes excursions, all course materials, welcome & farewell events and a public transportation card.
EUR 500: Optional housing (fee is subject to change).


Please see our website for several scholarship opportunities.

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