POWER and POLITICS (1)

Vivek
                      NandaThis new way of learning for iU3A uses a Massive Open Online Course called “Power and Politics in Today’s World” by Professor Ian Shapiro of Yale University. This provides an examination of political dynamics and institutions over the past 30 years and the implications of these changes for what comes next. Members watch one lecture at home, and then meet once a month to discuss it.
Group Coordinator: Vivek Nanda (click to contact)
When

On the third Friday of each month from 10.30am-12.00
Where

At Islington Town Hall

Overview
elephant in the roomMy hope for this new way of learning together is to create the feel of a friendly and welcoming book club, where the focus is on discussing each video lecture as a group and sharing the different perspectives and priorities to enrich the learning experience of all while making it much more social and hopefully more enjoyable. The outline structure of the course can be found here.



Our Next Meeting
The 20 March 2020 meeting will discuss Lecture 3: Advent of a Unipolar World: NATO and EU Expansion. In this lecture, Prof. Shapiro walks leaders through the international architecture of the early Post-Cold War world. He first discusses three lenses of thinking about politics (interests, institutions and ideals) and then applies them to guide his students through the first post-Cold war crisis, the role of NATO after the fall of the Soviet Union, the origins and meaning of the Washington Consensus, and the formation and expansion of the EU. This lecture can be found here.
 
Our Past Meetings

The 21 February 2020 meeting discussed 'Lecture 2: From Soviet Communism to Russian Gangster Capitalism', which focused on what led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and why did it collapse so peacefully? Professor Shapiro discusses the events leading up to the fall of the Communist regime and its aftermath, including the rise of "gangster capitalism" in Russia, the transition from President Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin, and why corruption is still so prevalent in Russia today. This lecture can be found here. The iU3A slides used at the start of the meeting can be found here.

The 17 January 2020 lecture provided an examination of political dynamics and institutions over the past 30 years, and the implications of these changes for what comes next. Among the topics covered were the decline of trade unions and enlarged role of business as political forces, changing attitudes towards parties and other political institutions amidst the growth of inequality and middle-class insecurity, the emergence of new forms of authoritarianism, and the character and durability of the unipolar international order that replaced the Cold War. This lecture can be found here. The iU3A slides can be found here.




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