WHAT? Faculty of Management, University of Primorska is organizing a three-event seminar series:
"Political Science at the University of Primorska"
WHEN? March 22, 2023, 16.30 - 17.15 | April 17, 2023, 16.30 - 17.15 |
May 22, 2023, 16.30 - 17.15
WHERE? In ZOOM e-environment
Lecturers? Prof. Simona Kustec, Assist. Prof. Primož Šterbenc,
Assist. Prof. Andreja Pegan
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The seminars are open to the public and take place virtually. Warmly welcome.
The UP Faculty of Management is organizing a three-event seminar series to discuss current political science research issues, trends, and challenges. The seminars are open to the public.
How to write and analyse a foreign policy paper?
Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023 | 16.30 - 17.15 | ZOOM
Lecturer: Prof. Simona Kustec
Short description: A foreign policy paper is an essential document, written by various representatives interested in a specific foreign policy issue, be it from scientific, professional representatives, journalists, or official policymakers. The latter, being the leading creators of official foreign policy decisions are hence the primary ‘writers’ of legally-based foreign policy papers – be they laws, declarations, strategies, white papers, or any other types of foreign policy legal acts. That kind of foreign policy paper has a specific structure, based on the contents of the historical track record of foreign policy issues, involved stakeholders, decision-making processes, applied policy tools, and expected results. With the aim to be able to scientifically analyse all of the stated elements of a policy paper a special interdisciplinary and multimethodological science of policy analysis was introduced after WW II. In this lecture, the policy analysis ‘know-how’ will be applied to show and explain how to write and analyse a foreign policy paper
Changing international order and competition between the United States of America and the People's Republic of China
Date: Monday, April 17, 2023 | 16.30 - 17.15 | ZOOM
Lecturer: Assist. Prof. Primož Šterbenc
Short description: We are currently living in a specific constellation of international relations for some 15 years there has been the process of transition from unipolar (only one superpower - the United States of America) to multipolar (several great powers, among them the People's Republic of China, Russia and India) global order. The discipline of International Relations has taught us that periods of such redistribution of power are unstable and dangerous ones as ruling powers want to retain their primacy by arresting the rise of challenging powers. While analyzing reasons for the outbreak of war between Sparta and Athens in the 5th century BC, the great Athenian historian Thucydides pointed out that if a rising power threatens to displace a ruling power, the most likely outcome is war. Today, we have such a dangerous situation since the People's Republic of China as the rising power has threatened to displace the United States of America as the ruling power. Consequently, tensions between the two powers have been increasing, mainly in the South China Sea. The most likely spark which can cause war has been Taiwan. Last but not least, one can also to a considerable extent explain the ongoing war in Ukraine by taking into account the Sino-American rivalry.
Scandals and corruption in the European Parliament. Ensuring an independent and accountable parliament for Europe
Date: Monday, May 22, 2023 | 16.30 - 17.15 | ZOOM
Lecturer: Assist. Prof. Andreja Pegan
Short description: The system of parliamentary democracy – where citizens directly elect representatives to a parliament -- is under strain. In many countries, people feel disillusioned with how parliaments represent them. Fluctuating voter turnout and voter apathy but also alternative forms of representation challenge the role of parliament as the main channel of citizen representation. The problem is even larger for the European Parliament, which never connected with its citizens like national parliaments. The recent corruption scandal involving several Members of the European Parliament further deepens the problem. The lecture is an opportunity to reflect on the role of the European Parliament in the European Union and how to move forward to ensure an independent and accountable parliament for Europe.
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