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Global Environmental Governance

AlJazeera English
“Inside Story—Climate Change—20 Dec. ’09”

Synopsis:
A somewhat longer discussion of the major issues and diplomatic process involved in the failure of the Global Climate Change talks in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Critical Thinking Questions:

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To what degree does the failure of the climate change talks reflect the tensions and inequalities of the international system? What does this say about the likelihood of a deal in the near future?
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How does the larger shift in the global power structure contribute to the problems in achieving a global climate agreement? What role can IGOs play in resolving the issues arising from this shift?
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Human Rights

HumanTV
Everybody—Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Synopsis:
A British short film introducing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Critical Thinking Questions:

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What role does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) play in establishing a foundation of universal norms in the international system? How are such rights enforced?
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To what extent does the UDHR conflict with other ideas of rights in the world? How do such ideas change over time? What role do NGOs and other actors play in shifting global human rights norms?

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