Many Yale-NUS students are passionate about Global Affairs and share their interests with the college community.
In 2018, students in the major initiated a tradition of Global Affairs Roundtables which are student-facilitated lunches with various visitors to the College, as well as with faculty from within the major. These meetings cover various topics, including both the insights on the Global Affairs major, as well as discussions about current world issues.
The very first student roundtable focused on the possibility of a preventive war in North Korea, attracting Yale-NUS students from a wide range of majors.
For Ho Jia Xu Dion (Class of 2021), the main takeaway from that discussion was recognizing the importance of ethics in Global Affairs. “I especially enjoyed the open-ended discussions. Contentious topics such as “How best to deal with North Korea? Is North Korea even in the wrong?” are ripe for discussion. I think that one should always question their ethical assumptions – it is especially true of ethics in Global Affairs”, he shared. A prospective Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Science (MCS) major, Dion is interested in applying mathematical algorithms in various Global Affairs scenarios.
The second roundtable that year was led by seniors who shared their insights on GA capstones, courses and careers. Tamara Burgos evaluated female corporate employment quotas in Europe, while Jermaine Pan’s capstone research focused on omni-enmeshment of small states in Southeast Asia. During the event, prospective Global Affairs majors could learn about the details of various GA courses, capstone research process, as well as course planning for fulfilling the GA major requirements.
The final roundtable featured Yale-NUS Assistant Professor Rohan Mukherjee speaking about his book project “Rising Powers and the Quest for Status in International Security Regimes.” His research focused on several case studies from Europe, United States and Japan showing the behavior of rising powers in international security regimes. During the presentation, Professor Mukherjee described his research design methods and the process of developing a dissertation into a book. Professor Mukherjee is a member of the Global Affairs faculty, teaching a course “India as a Rising Power”, as well as Modern Social Thought (Common Curriculum Module).
Most recently, Global Affairs students organized a roundtable with Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of Government at Harvard University, who was visiting Yale-NUS College to give the second annual Yale-NUS Lecture on Global Affairs. Professor Ziblatt spoke about his latest book, “How Democracies Die” and fielded questions from students about how the lessons from his book apply to the Asian context.