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- Discuss the differences between state and non-state actors.
- Learn about the roles of non-governmental organizations, terrorist organizations and multi-national corporations as international actors.
- Explain the importance of human rights for indigenous people.
- Discuss how religious movements play a role in international politics.
- Learn about the role of the United Nations and its participation as an international actor.
- Describe the purpose of the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
- Examine the history of the League of Arab States, NATO, the African Union and the European Union.
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1. State & Non-State Actors in International Politics
While states still reign supreme on the world stage, they are by no means the only significant actors playing the game of international politics. In this lesson, you'll learn about state and non-state actors on the world stage.
2. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as International Political Actors
States aren't the only actors on the world stage. Nongovernmental organizations play an important role in our international system. In this lesson, you'll learn what nongovernmental organizations are and how they affect the world. A short quiz follows.
3. Multi-National Corporations as International Political Actors
Multinational corporations are serious players on the world stage. In fact, they are often more influential than many states. In this lesson, you'll learn about multinational corporations and their role in international relations. A short quiz follows.
4. The United Nations' History & Role in International Politics
One of the most influential and far-reaching intergovernmental organizations in the world today is the United Nations. In this lesson, you'll learn about the United Nations, including its history, structure, and role in international politics.
5. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF): History & Purpose
It may be cliche, but children really are our future, and the majority of the world's children are threatened by poverty, malnutrition, disease, discrimination, and violence. In this lesson, you'll learn about UNICEF and its efforts to fix this problem.
6. The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO
In this lesson, we explore the foreign policy of the U.S. and Western Europe directly after WWII. We will look at its theory of containment regarding communism, and the birth of NATO.
7. European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines
In this lesson, we briefly explore the piecemeal formation of the EU and discuss the nature of the Union today and its role as the political authority for most of Europe.
8. The International Monetary Fund (IMF): History & Purpose
International stability requires economic stability. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the International Monetary Fund helps establish economic stability by examining its history and purpose. A short quiz follows.
9. The African Union's History & Purpose
There's probably not a place in the world that struggles more than the people and states found on the continent of Africa. In this lesson, you'll learn about the African Union and its efforts to improve Africa. A short quiz follows.
10. League of Arab States: History & Purpose
One of the most turbulent areas of the world today is the Middle East. In this lesson, you'll learn about the League of Arab States, including its history and role in the Middle East. A short quiz follows.
11. Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC): History & Purpose
Oil is an indispensable and scarce commodity required for energy and modern products. A world without it would look drastically different. In this lesson, you'll learn about the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, including its history and purpose.
12. Terrorist & Criminal Organizations as International Political Actors
The globalization process doesn't just involve business. Criminals and terrorists have 'gone global,' too. In this lesson, you learn about terrorists and transnational criminal organizations as actors on the world stage.
13. Indigenous People's Movements, Governments & International Politics
The Age of Discovery introduced European explorers to new worlds to settle. These lands really weren't new - they were already inhabited, but that didn't matter. In this lesson, you'll learn about indigenous people's movements and their relation to international politics.
14. The Role of Religious Movements in International Politics
Religion has reentered the world of international relations with religious-based terrorist groups. However, religious movements are not limited to acts of terror. You'll learn about the role of religious movements in international politics.
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