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  • CAS IR 349: History of International Relations, 1900 to 45
    Meets with CAS HI 332. The causes and consequences of the First World War; the search for postwar reconstruction and stability during the twenties; economic collapse, revolutionary nationalism, and fascism during the 1930s; the Second World War and the advent of the bipolar world.
  • CAS IR 350: History of International Relations since 1945
    Meets with CAS HI 334. The causes and consequences of the Soviet-American Cold War from its origins in Europe to its extension to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The rise of the multipolar international system, the emergence of the nonaligned blocs, and inter-and intra-alliance conflicts.
  • CAS IR 351: Africa in International Politics
    Meets with CAS PO 377. Introduction to the international relations of post-colonial Africa. Core themes include the politics of post-independence international alignments, the external causes and effects of authoritarian rule, and Africa's role in the global political economy.
  • CAS IR 352: International Human Rights: Applying Human Rights in Africa
    Meets with CAS PO 378. Studies the growing international influence on politics of human rights principles, documents, and organizations, drawing especially on African cases such as Congo, Zimbabwe, and Sudan. Topics include universality vs. cultural relativism, individual vs. group rights, and issues in human rights enforcement. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS IR 580.
  • CAS IR 360: Making Sense of the World: The Conceptual Foundations of International Relations
    (Meets with CAS PO 383.) Introduction to various analytical approaches for understanding the dynamics of global interaction. Explores the variety of "worlds" made visible through the lens of theory. Fosters critical thinking about how conceptual tools shape our understanding of the world and attempted solutions to global problems.
  • CAS IR 362: European Politics
    Meets with CAS PO 341. Comparative study of politics in member states of the European Union, with emphasis on political development, institutions, major issues in contemporary politics, and the impact of European integration. Selective references to original and new member states of the EU.
  • CAS IR 363: Soviet Politics 1917-91
    Meets with CAS PO 370. Analysis of the structure of major political institutions - government bureaucracy, Communist party, and others - and policy-society relations during the seventy-four years of the USSR's existence. Prime focus is institutional rather than historical, and deals with the Soviet politics "game" as it was played.
  • CAS IR 364: Politics of Post-Communist Russia
    (Meets with CAS PO 371.) Analysis of the emergent political forces, institutions, and alliances in the post- Soviet Russian Federation, against the background of the unresolved economic, ethnic, and social problems that are the USSR's legacy to the "new Russia." Prospects for stabilization are assessed in the context of the multiple crises facing Russia today.
  • CAS IR 365: Rise of China
    (Meets with CAS PO 352.) China's political, economic, and strategic development since the late nineteenth century, with emphasis on the period since 1949. Examines three questions: In what ways is China rising? How did it happen? What are the impacts of China's rise on the U.S. and the global system?
  • CAS IR 367: Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations
    (Meets with CAS PO 360.) Introduction to the patterns and complexities of Latin American politics and foreign policies. Focuses on the distinctive Latin American political experience and alternative explanation for it, including colonization, the international economy, and human and material resource capacity and utilization.
  • CAS IR 368: Contemporary East Asian Economics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EC 101 ; CAS EC 102 or CAS EC 111 ; CAS EC 112.
    Meets with CAS EC 368. An introduction to the economic history and institutions of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Topics include structural change, trade, labor markets, corporate organization, financial systems, and macroeconomic and industrial policy.
  • CAS IR 369: Southeast Asia in World Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS IR 271 or CAS IR 251.
    Meets with CAS PO 354. Examines Southeast Asia as an important emerging political, economic, and security region in world politics. Background materials, including the region's history, cultural diversity, and geo-strategic position, are given weight in the course.
  • CAS IR 370: China: From Revolution to Reform
    (Meets with CAS PO 351.) Introduction to modern Chinese politics including the development of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the political development of the PRC since its founding in 1949. Focus is on the party's official policy and its changing relationships with the people of China.
  • CAS IR 372: International Relations of South Asia
    Meets with CAS PO 355. Introduction to South Asia and regional conflict and cooperation. Focus on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka inter-state relations; great power interventions; power distributions; norms; political, military, and economic conflict and cooperation.
  • CAS IR 373: Global Governance and International Organization
    Meets with CAS PO 384. Provides an overview of major theoretical perspectives on the creation and function of international organizations, comparative case studies of selected organizations, and an examination of present and future roles of international organizations in selected issue areas.
  • CAS IR 375: Introduction to Russian and Post-Soviet Relations
    (Meets with CAS PO 372.) Decisive factors in the foreign relations of Russia and the other former Soviet republics, including historical continuity and change, survival and change of ideology, domestic politics, economic and geographical factors, military and external political considerations. The future of arms control, nuclear weapons, the economy, and relations among the former republics are also examined.
  • CAS IR 376: American Foreign Policy Since 1945
    (Meets with CAS HI 288.) America's tradition and heritage in foreign policy. American foreign policy during the Cold War. Conflicting approaches to the formulation of American foreign policy in the current international environment. Domestic and institutional actors in policy formulation: Congress, media, Presidency, CIA, military.
  • CAS IR 378: Intelligence in a Democratic Society
    The intelligence process and its role in democratic societies; the organization and functions of the U.S. intelligence community; techniques of intelligence collection, analysis, counterintelligence and covert action; assessment of problems and attempted solutions in the United States and other democracies.
  • CAS IR 380: American Foreign Policy: Practice and Process
    How U.S. foreign policy is made. After a historical introduction, focus on the external.bureaucratic, societal, and leadership forces that combine to shape broad policy lines and particular initiatives that produce feedback influencing the future.
  • CAS IR 381: U.S.-Pakistan Relations
    Examines the history and current state of U.S.-Pakistan relations. Considers the political and strategic complexities of the bilateral alliance as well as Pakistan's key role in the international relations of South Asia, Central Asia, and the Muslim world.