The course aims to provide students with the conceptual and theoretical tools needed to understand which domestic and strategic factors shape the foreign policy of the dominant powers in the post-bipolar international arena, and what will determine the collapse of the international system.
Expected learning outcomes
Capability to apply knowledge and understanding: the knowledge acquired will allow the student to face, understand, analyze and interpret the morphology and mechanics of the post-bipolar international system and the foreign policy of the dominant powers in the new international strategic context.
Lesson period: First trimester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
Dominant powers The foreign policy of the dominant powers The globalisation of hostility: the URSS-USA antagonism Unified Europe after the catastrophes. Geopolitical illusion, necessary dream All against all: the post-89 chaos Form and force of international alliances in the post-bipolar system Neo-imperialism, the return of the state and processes of fragmentation China: a (not so) great power? Chained hegemon. US foreign policy in the XX century Anglosphere? The collapse of the international system
Prerequisites for admission
Luca Bellocchio, I sicari della pace, Meltemi, 2019 Primo Levi, I sommersi e i salvati, Einaudi, 2007.
Samuel Huntington, "No exit. The error of endism", The National Interest, September 1989
Charles Krauthammer, "The unipolar moment", The Washington Post, 20 July, 1990
Kenneth N. Waltz, "The emerging structure of international politics", International Security, Fall 1993
Kenneth N. Waltz, "Structural realism after the Cold War, International Security, Summer 2000
Niall Ferguson, "A world without power", Foreign Policy, 2004
Roger Cohen, "Obama's doctrine of restraint", NYT, October 12, 2015
A PROVA DI ERRORE (FAIL SAFE), Regia di Sidney Lumet, 1964 Time enough at last (The Twilight Zone) George Carlin, Saving the planet
Assessement methods and criteria
The oral examination aims to test the capacity of the student to analyse the foreign policy of the dominant powers in the post-bipolar international system