PADM 5450. International Public
and NGO Management
1. Management of the International Regime for
the Verification of the Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction
and its Implications for Climate Change
August 23, 2018
This first session of the seminar will be given on August 23 at 10:10. It is a case study of how the issues
of international management intersect with major issues of international relations.
Since the beginning of the last century, the effort to control the development
and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological)
through a system of international treaties. In this, most attention has been
paid to the relationshps between the Nation-States involved, but, because the
viability of the regime depends on the belief by all parties that the terms
of the treaties are being followed, the verification of compliance is a central
concern. This verification has been entrusted, by treaty, to international
organizations, whose management will determine the success of the effort. A
similar issue is management of global climate change, where negotiations continue on the implementation of the Paris Agreement reached in December 2015, which is now the subject of dispute because of the United States' withdrawal. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
and its operational protocols lacks a verification
mechanism to complete the regime. The regime therefore constitutes an excellent
case of how management can determine significant outcomes and can benefit from
the experience of the regime for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.
- Why is the elimination of weapons of mass destruction important and
what are the parameters of the problem?
- How is management of climate change a similar issue?
- What is the role of verification in the process?
- What is the importance of the institutions set up to verify compliance?
- What are the main management issues within those institutions?
- What does this tell us about the role of management of international
- António Guterres, Address to Staff, 3 January 2017 You should read this before the class
- Secretary General of the United Nations, Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: ensuring a better future for all, Report of the Secretary-General (A/72/124-E/2018/3), 11 July 2017
- David Bosco, "Come
Together: Leaders struggling to fix a world spiraling out of control
are turning to international institutions. Are they up to the task?" Foreign
Policy Magazine, August 18, 2011.
- Thomas Weiss, Would the World Be Better without the UN?, Introduction
- Kent Kille, "A View of Global Governance From an ‘Invisible Man’", International Studies Review (2008) 10, 112–115
- Berhanykun Andemicael and John Mathiason, "The
Structure and Logic of the WMD Ban Regime", Chapter One of Eliminating
Weapons of Mass Destruction: Prospects for Effective International
Verification, London and New York: Palgrave, 2005.
- Berhanykun Andemicael, Nuclear Non-Proliferation:
Management of Verification by the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Northeast
International Studies Association, Albany, NY, November 2000
- Robinson Meyer, "A Reader's Guide to the Paris Agreement," The Atlantic, December 16, 2015.
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Taking the Paris Agreement Forward, 6 May 2016
- John Mathiason, Invisible Governance: International Secretariats
in Global Politics, Preface.
- John Mathiason, The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
Organization: Managing the First Global Burglar Alarm, paper delivered
at the annual meeting of the Northeast International Studies Association,
Albany, NY, November 2000.
- John R. Bolton, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International
Security, Remarks to the 5th Biological
Weapons Convention RevCon Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, November
- Arms Control Association, The
Biological Weapons Convention at a Glance, October 2006
- Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, "Update
on Administrative and Financial Matters," April 21, 2009
- Surf the Biological
Weapons section of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs site.
- What do the Iraq War of 2003, the North Korean nuclear tests,
the Iranian nuclear enrichment program and chemical weapons in Syria tell us about the role of international
- To what extent can WMD treaties be self-monitored?
- What are the main management issues in international organizations
- What are the possible consequences of a management failure?
- How might this model applied to the emerging climate change regime?
- Recording of sessions on 23 August 2017 is in the course Blackboard.
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