Grappling with Transnational Issues: Global Security Policy through Agency and Ethics


  • Sarah Fisher University of Georgia


pedagogy, agency, ethics, structure, theme, policy


“Global Security Policy” is not a widely accepted subfield of International Relations (IR).  As such, there is no canonical literature or standard approach to the topic.  Yet, the issues facing modern states, international organizations, and individual policy makers are increasingly transnational in character.  Issues such as cyber warfare or climate change have repercussions for all actors- states, nongovernmental organizations, or even individuals.  Being able to grapple with these transnational issues is crucial for political science/international relations majors but also for students interested in policy work.  Given that there was no standard approach or set of actors present throughout this subject matter, I approached Global Security Policy thematically.  I centered this class around two concepts- the agency/structure debate and ethics.  Agency/structure and ethics have clear scholarly implications and are concepts that are applicable to the incredibly wide range of actors and topics in “Global Security Policy.”

Author Biography

Sarah Fisher, University of Georgia

Sarah Fisher is a PhD Candidate in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia.  Her research and teaching interests include foreign policy, decision making, and international conflict.