In a one anniversary Fridays with MUNPlanet Interview with Stephen Walt many issues regarding international relations and policy were brought up.
Stephen Walt, a professor of International Affairs at Harvard University, spoke on topics that ranged from theory, policy, international relations and the role of the Internet in today’s every expanding world.
An important point that should be further expanded on is the need for informative and reflective medias. Stephen Walt touched on this when he stated that forms of media such as blogging and twitter are making information and ideas more accessible. He also stated that it is becoming more difficult for Governments to hide, as evident by WikiLeaks.
However, an important point in regards to International Affairs and security is the question of who controls what information is being broadcast but what information is not being broadcast. Young leaders across the globe have been using non-newscast direct forms of media such as blogs (MUNplanet, tumblr, blogspot, etc) as a form of publishing information that is free of direct corporate and business bias. Stephen Walt touched on medias using inflating threats to sell paper, which is an important distinction to remember in the ‘doom and gloom’ notion of International Affairs.
The flow of information and what information is readily available is crucial to implementing policies at an international and local level. Stephen Walt in interview states, “Policymakers are always using some sort of crude theory to make decisions; one task of scholars is to get policymakers better ways to understand the world that leaders can make better choices”. Through technology and more informed voters, citizens and youth there can be more reliability between governments and citizens. This engages not only young, knowledgeable MUNplanet leaders, but also every day citizens with a more direct and current line to International Affairs and the policies and theories of their government.
Through more engaged practices and open, accessible technology free from bias and government control International Affairs and policies can be more directly representative of scholars and youth leaders.