05 February 2014

IB Global Politics: Can the international community violate Syrian sovereignty?

IB Global Politics / OMUN Debate: Sovereignty

When? Wednesday 26 February from 6.00 to 9.00pm
Where? Room 101
Who? IB Global Politics students from Bermuda High School (Bermuda), International School of Panama (Panama), North Broward Preparatory School (United States), and Overseas Family School (Singapore)

The debate will occur online from 7.00 to 8.00pm. You'll need your laptops in order to participate. We'll use the hour before for final prep (and pizza) and the hour after for a structured debriefing. Please RSVP for this event by commenting on this post. I've included some initial resources below, but please consider these as the starting point for your inquiry, not the inclusive list of preparatory information. 


  1. Boyer, J. (2012). Sovereignty-What is it? How do you get it? Lecture presented at GEOG 1014: World Regions in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. Retrieved June 7, 2012, from
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  9. Global Politics Online Debates. (2014, January 21). Sovereignty: Can the International Community Violate Syrian Sovereignty? Retrieved from 
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  11. Homans, C. (2011). Responsibility to protect: A short history. Foreign Policy. Retrieved from 
  12. Husain, E. (2013, August 30). Why Western intervention in Syria will leave chaos. CNN. Retrieved from
  13. Mingst, K. A., & Karns, M. P. (2011). The United Nations in the 21st century. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. (link)
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