“It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar.”

― Edward W. Said

"A developing country that wants to develop its economy must first of all keep natural resources in its own hands."
- Deng Xiaoping

Monday, January 29, 2018

Global and Regional Development (WEEK -10, Wednesday January 31): Readings, Newspaper articles, Presentation and Documentaries



Dear all,

For the Week 10TH, you should read the following chapters before you come to the class:

·      Conclusion (Ian Hurd)
·      Emergence, development and future trajectories of Civil Society and NGOs By Tugrul Keskin
·      Peace-building and Violence against Women: Tracking the Ruling Relations of Aid in a Women's Development NGO in Kyrgyzstan - Elena Kim and Marie Campbell (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
·      Alignment and Autonomy: Food Systems in Canada - Brewster Kneen (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
DOCUMENTARY:
The Future of American Power and Influence
White Man's Burden

This week, we will have two presentations on Wednesday. YOU SHOULD PREPARE POWER POINTS and EMAIL IT TO ME A DAY BEFORE THE CLASS.

YEEMON PHAY
·      Peace-building and Violence against Women: Tracking the Ruling Relations of Aid in a Women's
·      Development NGO in Kyrgyzstan - Elena Kim and Marie Campbell (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
GÜRSEL ERGÜN
·      Conclusion (Ian Hurd)
·      Alignment and Autonomy: Food Systems in Canada - Brewster Kneen (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring RECENT newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with NGOs and Colorful; Revolutions in Eurasia. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS!  

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best to all,

Tugrul

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Movies about Aborigines

CHARLIE'S COUNTRY Trailer | 2014


The Tracker - Trailer (2002)

Ten Canoes - Trailer 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Global and Regional Development (WEEK -9, Monday January 29 (17:00-20:00): Reflection Paper-3, Readings, Newspaper articles, Presentation and Documentaries


Dear all,

For the Week 9TH, you should read the following chapters before you come to the class:

·      Regional organizations: EU, AU and ASEAN (Ian Hurd)
·      Disaster Relief, NGO-led Humanitarianism and the Reconfiguration of Spatial Relations in Tamil Nadu - Raja Swamy (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
·      Seven Theses on Neobalkanism and NGOization in Transitional Serbia - Tamara Vukov (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)

DOCUMENTARY:
Europe: From WWII To Today's European Union 
African Union: Questioning the legacy
History of the ASEAN

This week, we will have four presentations on Monday. YOU SHOULD PREPARE POWER POINTS and EMAIL IT TO ME A DAY BEFORE THE CLASS.

WU QIANG LIN
·      The International Criminal Court (Ian Hurd)
·      Conclusion: American Politics and the War of Ideas (Kubilay Yado Arin)
LIU JUN
·      From Radical Movement to Conservative NGO and Back Again? A Case Study of the Democratic Left (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor) Front in South Africa - Luke Sinwell (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
·      Philippine NGOs: Defusing Dissent, Spurring Change - Sonny Africa (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
VIRALBAJRA PRASERTSAK
·      Regional organizations: EU, AU and ASEAN (Ian Hurd)
YU JUN
·      Disaster Relief, NGO-led Humanitarianism and the Reconfiguration of Spatial Relations in Tamil Nadu - Raja Swamy (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
·      Seven Theses on Neobalkanism and NGOization in Transitional Serbia - Tamara Vukov (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring RECENT newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with EUROPEAN UNION OR ASEAN. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS!  

REFLECTION PAPER -3

Please read the following instructions carefully:

In this reflection paper, you have four questions. Please answer them all!

1.     Based on the class discussions and readings (Does Israel Need Think Tanks? by Hannah Elka Meyers and the Israel Lobby John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt), do you think the Israeli lobby in the US contradicts or complements US National Security Interests ?Briefly explain your response, and give specific examples from the articles. Your answer should be at least 300 words in length.

2.     Based on the class discussion and readings (Kubilay Yado), please compare the differences and similarities between the Clinton Administration and the Bush Administration in terms of think-tank policies inside the beltway. Which of these presidential terms is more neoliberal/market-oriented? Clearly and briefly explain your perspective, and give specific examples from class readings. Your answer should be at least 300 words.

3.     Based on your readings, what are the basic obligations, and area of compliance and enforcement of the International Court of Justice? Briefly explain and give specific examples from the readings. Your answer should be at least 300 words.

4.     Based on your readings, what are the basic obligations, and area of compliance and enforcement of the International Labor Organization? Briefly explain and give specific examples from the readings. Your answer should be at least 300 words.

In your answer, please do not use citation, use your own words, and do not copy from the Internet, the books conclusion, or from Wikipedia. 

Email your paper to me as MS Word attachments by 11:59 Midnight, on Monday, February 5th PLEASE include THINK-TANKS AND NGOs – Reflection Paper 3 in the subject line of your email, and send it to tugrulkeskin@t.shu.edu.cn
Criteria: If your paper is less than 1200 words, or late, you will loose 4 points.     

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best to all,

Tugrul

Monday, January 22, 2018

Think-Tanks, International and Non-Governmental Organizations (WEEK -8, Wednesday January 24): Readings, Newspaper articles, Presentation and Documentaries


Dear all,

For the Week 8TH, you should read the following chapters before you come to the class:

·      The International Criminal Court (Ian Hurd)
·      Conclusion: American Politics and the War of Ideas (Kubilay Yado Arin)
·      From Radical Movement to Conservative NGO and Back Again? A Case Study of the Democratic Left (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor) Front in South Africa - Luke Sinwell (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
·      Philippine NGOs: Defusing Dissent, Spurring Change - Sonny Africa (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)

DOCUMENTARY:
The Evolution of Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons Learned From Past Interventions
Noam Chomsky - Humanitarian Intervention https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAv9XX_n2Gc

This week, we will have three presentations on Wednesday. YOU SHOULD PREPARE POWER POINTS and EMAIL IT TO ME A DAY BEFORE THE CLASS.

REN JIABO
·      Social Action and NGOization in Contexts of Development Dispossession in Rural India: Explorations into the Un-civility of Civil Society - Dip Kapoor (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
·      NGOs, Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations - Sharon H. Venne (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
WU QIANG LIN
·      The International Criminal Court (Ian Hurd)
·      Conclusion: American Politics and the War of Ideas (Kubilay Yado Arin)

LIU JUN
·      From Radical Movement to Conservative NGO and Back Again? A Case Study of the Democratic Left (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor) Front in South Africa - Luke Sinwell (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
·      Philippine NGOs: Defusing Dissent, Spurring Change - Sonny Africa (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring RECENT newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with International Criminal Court or NGOs and Humanitarianism in Latin and Central America. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS!  

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best to all,

Tugrul

Friday, January 19, 2018

Understanding the US Foreign Policy toward Turkey

Redrawing the World's Borders
Graham E. Fuller
World Policy Journal Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring, 1997), pp. 11-21
https://www.jstor.org/stable/40209513

Let Iraq Collapse
Daniel Byman
The National Interest No. 45 (Fall 1996), pp. 48-60
http://nationalinterest.org/article/let-iraq-collapse-337

US-Turkey Relations: Op-Center:Acts of War
Tom Clancy
1995)
Syrian, Kurdish terrorists plotting a political assassination take hostages from the Regional Op-Center: employees testing a prototype mobile surveillance post. The mobile Regional Operations Center (ROC) in Turkey investigates a dam blown up by Kurdish militants. The ROC is later taken hostage by the Kurdish militants who blew the dam.  
https://www.amazon.com/Acts-War-Op-Center-Tom-Clancys-ebook/dp/B001UFP4ZU

Monday, January 15, 2018

Global and Regional Development (WEEK -7, Friday January 19, 9:00-12:00): Readings, Newspaper articles, Presentation and Documentaries


Dear all,

For the Week 7TH, you should read the following chapters before you come to the class:

·      The Ties That Used to Bind The Decay of American Political Institutions. Francis Fukuyama. http://www.the-american-interest.com/articles/2013/12/08/the-decay-of-american-political-institutions/
·      Where Have All the Lobbyists Gone? Lee Fang. http://www.thenation.com/article/178460/shadow-lobbying-complex
·      International Court of Justice (Ian Hurd)
·      The Bush Doctrine, the Neoconservative Concept for Primacy? (Kubilay Yado Arin)
·      The Neoconservative Think Tanks, an Advocacy Coalition (Kubilay Yado Arin)
·      Social Action and NGOization in Contexts of Development Dispossession in Rural India: Explorations into the Un-civility of Civil Society - Dip Kapoor (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
·      NGOs, Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations - Sharon H. Venne (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)

DOCUMENTARY:
The New American Century

This week, we will have a presentation on Wednesday. YOU SHOULD PREPARE POWER POINTS and EMAIL IT TO ME A DAY BEFORE THE CLASS.

REN JIABO
·      Social Action and NGOization in Contexts of Development Dispossession in Rural India: Explorations into the Un-civility of Civil Society - Dip Kapoor (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)
·      NGOs, Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations - Sharon H. Venne (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)

RETNO MUSTIKAWATI
·      The Ties That Used to Bind The Decay of American Political Institutions. Francis Fukuyama. http://www.the-american-interest.com/articles/2013/12/08/the-decay-of-american-political-institutions/
·      Where Have All the Lobbyists Gone? Lee Fang. http://www.thenation.com/article/178460/shadow-lobbying-complex

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring RECENT newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with NGOs and Humanitarianism in Europe and the USA. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS!  

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best to all,

Tugrul

Global and Regional Development (WEEK -6 Wednesday, January 17): Readings, Newspaper articles, Presentation and Documentaries


Dear all,

For the Week 6TH, you should read the following chapters before you come to the class:

·      Does Israel Need Think Tanks? by Hannah Elka Meyers. http://www.meforum.org/2061/does-israel-need-think-tanks
·      The Israel Lobby John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/john-mearsheimer/the-israel-lobby
·      The International Labor Organization (Ian Hurd) 
·      The Clinton Administration (Kubilay Yado Arin)
·      The Bush Administration (Kubilay Yado Arin)
·      Introduction - NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects - Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor
·      Saving Biodiversity, for Whom and for What? Conservation NGOs, Complicity, Colonialism and Conquest in an Era of Capitalist Globalization - Aziz Choudry (Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor)

DOCUMENTARY:
The Israel Lobby - (2007)
Gideon Levy Speach at the Israel Lobby Convention, Washington D.C., April 10 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFQWU0DtbGA

This week, we will have a presentation on Wednesday. YOU SHOULD PREPARE POWER POINTS and EMAIL IT TO ME A DAY BEFORE THE CLASS.

YI HAN
·      The United Nations II: international peace and security (Ian Hurd)
·      Advocacy Tanks Acting like Policy Entrepreneurs (Kubilay Yado Arin)
·      The Role of Neoconservative Think Tanks in US Foreign Policy (Kubilay Yado Arin)
NURETTIN AKCAY
·      Does Israel Need Think Tanks? by Hannah Elka Meyers.
·      The Israel Lobby John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt.
ESRA SARIOGLU
·      The Clinton Administration (Kubilay Yado Arin)
·      The Bush Administration (Kubilay Yado Arin)

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring RECENT newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with ISRAELI or Other Ethnic LOBBY in the US. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS!  

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best to all,

Tugrul