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The Changing Global Order

Challenges and Prospects

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  • Explores the implications of the rapid and fundamental changes in the international/global system
  • Presents a holistic understanding of the changing nature of the contemporary global system
  • Presents a solid theoretical foundation to examine and to better understand global political affairs

Part of the book series: United Nations University Series on Regionalism (UNSR, volume 17)

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This volume offers a comprehensive evaluation of the concept of global order, with a particular emphasis on the role of regional organisations within global governance institutions such as the United Nations. Building from a solid theoretical base it draws upon the expertise of numerous leading international scholars offering a broad array of timely and relevant case studies. These all take into consideration the historical setting, before analysing the contemporary situation and offering suggestions for potential realignments and readjustments that may be witnessed in the future. The volume adopts an interdisciplinary approach when addressing some of the most pressing issues of global governance which our global community must tackle. This presents the readers an opportunity to understand related topics such as political economy, international law, institutions of global governance, in conjunction with the academic field of International Relations (IR). It further helps students and interested readers understand the theoretical and practical foundations to the changing nature of global affairs.  

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Theories of International Relations to Understand the Changing Global Order

  2. The Changing World Order: The Rise of New Powers

  3. Regional Organisations in Global Affairs

  4. International Organisations and Global Governance 2.0

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Madeleine O. Hosli

  • Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Joren Selleslaghs

About the editors

Madeleine O. Hosli is full Professor of International Relations and a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam at Leiden University. She is also the Director of the two-year advanced MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy. She is Author of The Euro: A ConciseIntroduction to European Monetary Integration (2005) and a Coeditor of Decision-Making in the European Union Before and After the Lisbon Treaty (2015). Her work has appeared in journals such as International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of European Public Policy, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, Review of International Organizations,  Governance, Political Studies and Journal of International Relations and Development.

Joren Selleslaghs is the Belgian Consul for Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador since October 2018. He entered the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Diplomat in October 2017 and has worked at the Brussels headquarters (Brexit, Benelux, Consular Affairs) and the Belgian Embassy in Luxemburg as diplomatic Counselor. He graduated cum laude from the College of Europe (MA EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies) and magna cum laude at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (MSc European Studies). He previously  worked as a Lecturer and Researcher on the EU and International Relations at Leiden University, and as an Associate Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Comparative Regional Integration Studies, UNU-CRIS (Belgium). He also worked as an EU Innovation Consultant at PNO Consultants (the Netherlands), at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, the cabinet of a Belgian Member of the European Parliament, and the External Relations department of the Belgian Permanent Representation to the European Union. Until October 2017, Joren Selleslaghs was also an external evaluator/expert for the European Commission and member of the Board of Directors of the Europe-Central America Chamber of Commerce. He was the Belgian Youth Ambassador toward the UN in 2011–2012 and also active as a development worker for UNICEF in Tanzania and Central America (2007–2008 and 2012).

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