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DHP P259: Science Diplomacy: Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean

Course Description

This course will address "science diplomacy" as an international, interdisciplinary and inclusive (holistic) field with global relevance to promote cooperation and prevent conflict among nations in our world that is being transformed with advanced technologies.  The first formal dialogue between North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Russia about security issues in the Arctic Ocean will be used as a case study, team-taught by the two Co-Directors of this NATO Advanced Research Workshop they convened on Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean at the University of Cambridge in 2010. The resulting book, which has over 65,000 downloads, will serve as the key text to address the elements of science diplomacy that apply across our civilization: (1) understanding of changes over time and space; (2) instruments for Earth system monitoring and assessment; (3) early warning systems; (4) catalysts of public-policy agendas; (5) features of international legal institutions; (6) sources of invention and commercial enterprise; (7) continuity across generations; (8) and global tool of diplomacy. Overall objective of this course is to consider the contributions of science diplomacy for building common interests among nations so that we can balance economic prosperity, environmental protection and societal well-being – in view of today's urgencies and the needs of future generations – across our world. This course is designed as a seminar for two hours on Thursday mornings and will be co-taught via videoconference by Professor Paul Berkman at The Fletcher School in Boston and by Professor Alexander Vylegzhanin at MGIMO University in Moscow, involving fifteen students on each side. United States and Russian students will learn together in the shared classroom environment and collaborate on projects throughout the semester, leading to a Mock Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting and shared production of a mock ministerial declaration.  This holistic course will build on science-diplomacy training delivered by Professor Berkman through the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), national diplomatic academies and international organizations in collaboration with the Science Diplomacy Center at The Fletcher School, which is the first such center in the world in an academic institution.

Course faculty: Paul Arthur Berkman
Course duration: Full semester
Credits/Units: 3.0

Spring 2020

Room: Isobe Room (Mugar 251f)
Day(s): Thursday
Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
SIS number: 24291

Final Exam

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Spring 2021

Room: Isobe Room (Mugar 251f)
Day(s): Thursday
Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Final Exam

Consult instructor for exam details