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Lecture of the Day #1: Introduction to the Course, John Kirton

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Hello, I'm Professor John Kirton, Director of the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto and your lead instructor for G8 Online 2002.

I am pleased introduce you to G8 Online 2002, a university-level, Internet-based course that explores the key issues the Group of Eight (G8) major market democracies will address at their Summit in Kananaskis, Canada, on June 26-27, 2002. At Kananaskis, Canada will host two days of intensive and potentially historic discussions with its G8 partners - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia and the European Union. Here their leaders will confront three central challenges of our rapidly globalizing world: reducing poverty in Africa, sustaining global growth and combating terrorism. Working with invited leaders from developing countries and international institutions, G8 leaders at Kananaskis will attempt to set new directions, and take far-reaching decisions, to reach these ambitious goals.

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Quizzes from Today's Lecture

The Treaty of Westphalia was concluded in:

  1. 1492
  2. 1648
  3. 1919
  4. 1945

The first major international institution with a formal charter and separate organization was:

  1. Balance of Power
  2. Concert of Europe
  3. League of Nations
  4. United Nations
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Discussion Question from Today's Lecture

  1. What are the central differences between realists, liberal-institutionalists and constructivists in their understanding of how states behave and how international relations works?

  2. What concepts, not included in the concepts of realism, liberal-institutionalism and constructivism, are needed to understand state behaviour and international relations in today's era of globalization?

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Daily Diaries:
June 27, 2002: Jacob Young, Salimah Ebrahim #2, #1

Response to the Africa Action Plan: Njoki Njoroge Njehû - Director of the 50 Years is Enough Network

Interview with Care International, June 27, 2002

Analysis and Discussion:
An Assessment of what Kananaskis Achieved, Desiree McGraw and Ella Kokotsis

Official Documents/Action Plans 2002

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