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Current Issues in International Affairs


Heide M.

Course director

Villeneuve J. P.

Course director


This course aims at exposing students to a series of key challenges presented and contextualized by those directly tackling them in the international arena. This course aims at providing both a conceptual overview of issues but also at providing a glimpse into the practical and concrete difficulties linked to policy development and policy implementations at the social and institutional levels. This course will expose students to some of the most pregnant issues in international affairs as they related to the public sector as understood and defined in the PMP programme. A number of speakers will intervene in this course. Note that given the position and responsibilities of the speakers, their presence is always conditional on the numerous other priorities on their agenda. But, this has the corollary benefit of allowing us to take advantage of last minute visiting experts.



Be familiarised to the main theories and analytical tools in international relations

Be exposed to some of the main challenges in today's international arena

Be able to critically analyse complex and evolving crises

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

Teaching method combine lectures, meeting, and exchanging with global leaders in public affairs (national and international). Class Participation is considered essential in order to develop a critical understanding of the concepts presented. A focus will be put on interactivity and active exchanges. of lectures and open conferences featuring international decisions makers operating at the heart of today's international challenges.

Examination information

Group presentations 30%

Final Paper 70%