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Global Issues (part 1)


The world has reached a previously unimagined level of connectedness, which brings along increased dependency. The most urging issues transcend national boundaries and ask for global solutions. What are the current hot topics in the area of worldwide digital technologies, trade, climate, economics and politics?

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Docent: Prof. dr. Philipp Pattberg

College 1 - The Global Energy Transition: Obstacles and Opportunities

Wed 27 February 2019 20:00 - 22:00

Energy, hydrogen, biofuel or geothermal heat: what will be our new oil and gas? Haunted by climate agreements and in order to reach the two degree target of Paris, fossil fuels will have to be rapidly substituted for renewables everywhere. However, the cleaner substitutes are often inefficient and expensive. When will alternative energy sources succeed to sustain us efficiently? And how do these changes affect the international market, now that the energy transition has commenced? And what impact does it have on global politics?


Please note that this lecture will be taught in English.

Docent: Drs. Peter Knoope

College 2 - Resentment, Rebellion, Radicalism

Wed 27 March 2019 20:00 - 21:45

This summer citizens took the streets in southern Iraq in a revolt against the government. This autumn the yellow vests caused chaos in France and towards Christmas angry protesters stirred up trouble in Khartoum, Belgrade and Tunisia. Rebellion is everywhere; worldwide. What is the true nature of this global crisis? And why and when do these protests turn violent? What triggers extremism and terrorism? Is our democracy the cause of this dissent? And if so, can it still provide an adequate answer to violent action?


Please note that this lecture will be taught in English.

Docent: Prof. dr. Coen Teulings

College 3 - Globalism: the Winner takes it all?

Wed 24 April 2019 20:00 - 22:00

Globalization is generally accused of making the rich richer while making the non-rich poorer. What reactions has the far-reaching current state of globalism evoked? Europe is dealing with increasing national protectionism, immigration stops, Brexit and other anti-European sentiments, while Trump’s America is cancelling trade deals and raising import tariffs. This anti-globalization trend goes hand in hand with the rise of populist parties. Is relative economic misfortune the key factor in this nationalist revival? Or is it a reaction to the international politics that sail over the heads of ordinary people? And what is the future of globalization?


Please note that this lecture will be taught in English.

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Global Issues (part 1)