Video Exercises

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Governing the World Trade System

World Trade Organization
“The GATT/WTO at 60—World Trade Report 2007”

Synopsis:
An short survey of the role of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trades/World Trade Organization (GATT/WTO) system in supporting international trade. The survey focuses on the main role played by the trade regime in the system today.

Critical Thinking Questions:

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What role does the GATT/WTO system play in the global economy? How does this organization reflect the challenges faced by all IGOs attempting to govern the international system?
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What are the main failings of the GATT/WTO system? What can these failings tell us about the challenges of IGOs attempting to solve global problems in the twenty-first century?
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Human Development and Migration

UN Development Program
“Human Development Report 2009”

Synopsis:
The UN official animation and narration for the Human Development Report 2009.

Critical Thinking Questions:

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The report focuses on the needs of economic migrants. What role does the wider world economy play in creating incentives for mass human migration? How does this challenge the existing institutions (IGOs, NGOs, states, etc.) for dealing with this type of problem?
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From this video and the discussion of the Human Development Index in the text, what role does income inequality play in the global economy? Are existing institutions capable of coping with this?

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About these videos

These video clips and associated critical thinking questions provide real-world insights into international relations.