1. Please discuss the origin and the characteristics of modern nation-state.
Why do so many countries today not function as a normal nation-state?
Is globalization good or bad thing for those failed states?
2. Please discuss the pros and cons of globalization in economic development of the world community. Why are some activist groups against globalization? Do you agree or disagree with their argument? Why?
3. Please discuss the impact of information technology as a main driver of globalization today. Do you think the information revolution strengthens or weakens nation-state? Why?
4. Please discuss the characteristics of war by Clausewitz. How is current international terrorism different from the traditional concept of war? Many tend to think terrorism is a threat only to the United States and the west. Do you agree or not? Why?
5. What is "sexual clash of civilization"? Do you think discrimination against women is a global issue? Or should it be dealt with by each society as some traditional societies would argue promotion of women`s rights--providing more educational, economic and political opportunities--is a sign of Western cultural imperialism and an infringement of their sovereignty and traditional culture?
6. Why should citizens in developed countries be concerned about the poverty and sufferings in less developed countries? In what ways do underdevelopment pose problems for the global community?
7. Is globalization good or bad news for nation-state? What is the major challenge nation-state faces today in dealing with global problems such as environmental issue, terrorism and global crime? Do you think nation-state will remain as an important actor in international relations? Why? Why not?
5. What is "sexual clash of civilization"? Do you think discrimination against women is a global issue?
<Sexual clash of civilization>
A civilization is the highest cultural grouping of people and the broadest level of cultural identity. Civilization defined by common objective elements—language, history, religion, customs, institutions, and by the subjective self-identification of people. Clash of civilization is defined as cultural divisions, which acts as a source of potential conflicts, and it caused mainly by the fundamental difference among civilizations. However, it is argued recently that the cultural fault line that divides the West and the Muslim world is not about democracy but sex. Society throughout the world see democracy as the best form of government, however, the value separating the two cultures have much more concerns about gender equality and sexual liberalization. This gap in value reflects the widening economic divide between the West and the Muslim world, because few society can achieve development or compete in a globalizing world if half its people remain marginalized and disempowered. This gap in value and the conflicts it raised is what so-called “Sexual clash of civilization”. It is a deeper issue than how Muslim countries treat women, but also indicate how strongly a society supports principles of tolerance and egalitarianism.