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International Institutions and Development

Through theoretical readings and case studies, this course considers a variety of practical policy issues related to the role of international organizations in the formulation and practice of development aid. It will also examine the role of these organizations in supporting activities such as international peacekeeping, trade policy, environmental policy and human rights issues. Most citizens are aware of organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the International Criminal Court, the World Trade Organization, etc. but how many of us truly understand the history of these organizations affect the daily lives of millions of people around the world? How many Americans understand the scope of the U.S. Agency for International Development and how aid policy and practice really works in a world where the US military is now one of the largest development agencies in the world? This course will look at the historical development of the aid complex and address policy and theoretical implications for the future. CONRES 637L and PAF G 637L are the same course.

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