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Global Issues


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?

Docent: 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 - Inequality and Anxiety: Trump, Brexit and Yellow Vests

Wed 27 March 2019 20:00 - 21:45

This autumn the yellow vests caused chaos in France and towards Christmas angry protesters stirred up trouble in Khartoum, Belgrade and Tunisia. This summer citizens took the streets in southern Iraq in a revolt against the government. Rebellion is everywhere; worldwide. Even the popular vote for Trump and Brexit can be seen as a vote against the elite. 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.

Docent: Dr. Arief Huhn

College 4 - How do AI, AR, blockchain and 5g impact power structures?

Wed 12 June 2019 20:00 - 22:00

With the advent of digital technology we have created a new space, in which countries, businesses and citizens relate to each other. Facebook, Google, Alibaba and other big tech companies are entrenching their monopoly position on data. How do we ensure that these Big Techs don’t abuse their power? And how should we interpret new technological developments like VR/AR, AI, cloud, blockchain and 5g when it comes to existing power structures? Should we take digital dictatorship into account?


Please note that this lecture will be taught in English.

  • Politicologie
Global Issues