Thu, Feb 20

POL 300-800, Global Diplomacy
Spring 2020 |


  1. What's the difference between a bloc and a network? How are the two connected (or not)? Are blocs or networks more important? Why, or how so?
  2. Is the EU's diplomatic effectiveness strengthened or weakened by its varied member states? Offer an illustrative example or two.
  3. With respect to changing blocs and groups, can we expect an increase or a decrease in the coming years? Why?
  4. How much do (a) the G20 and (b) BRICS matter? Explain your answers.
  5. Give an example (not mentioned in the book) of a problem that could be solved by the G20, but not by the G8.
  6. Rank order the types of groupings and diplomacy, discussed on pp. 129-133, in terms of their importance. Justify your selections.
  7. Does being a member of a bloc have a positive or negative affect on a state's ability to conduct diplomacy? How so?
  8. Is it better for (a) states and (b) diplomacy to have more blocs and groups, or fewer blocs and groups? Explain why, or how so.
  9. Of the types of groups and networks discussed in the chapter, which promises to have the biggest impact on global diplomacy in the coming years? Support your answer.
  10. How do "groups and networks" facilitate or impede "developing diplomatic practice" and vice versa? Be specific.
  11. What key themes and issues connect this chapter to previous chapters? Articulate relevant connections and frame these into a paper topic.