International Relations

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  • 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.
  • CAS IR 382: Understanding the Middle East
    Introduces the contemporary Middle East, including the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey; examines the systems of government; the role of external powers; the origins of the state system; the sources and objectives of opposition forces; the prospects for political reform, including democratization; and the prospects for future cooperation or conflict.
  • CAS IR 383: Understanding Modern North Africa
    Meets with CAS PO 376. Considers political, cultural, economic, and social developments in the modern states of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya as they struggle to gain independence from colonial domination and to consolidate viable, secure, and legitimate states and prosperous national communities.
  • CAS IR 390: International Political Economy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EC 101 and CAS EC 102.
    Meets with CAS PO 329. Emphasizes the dynamic interaction between politics and economics to understand and explain historical and contemporary issues in international political economy, including international monetary, trade, investment, financial, and environmental relations. Considers emerging challenges and structures in the international political economy.
  • CAS IR 391: Democratization: Its History and Future Challenges
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Washington, DC Internship Program.
    Meets with CAS PO 246E. Comparative perspective on the history of democracy and democratization. Explores conditions, catalysts, and processes of democratic change with a focus on current trends in the democratization debate. Special focus on Iran as a case study.
  • CAS IR 392: Britain and the European Question: The Confluence of History and Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the BU London Internship Programme.
    (Meets with CAS HI 243 E.) Historical and political overview of Britain's evolving relationship with Europe between 1945 and 1992 in the context of ongoing debates concerning national sovereignty and national modernization, losing an empire and maintaining a world role, and the "special relationship" with the United States
  • CAS IR 394: Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean
    (Meets with CAS AA 395 and HI 352.) Haitian Revolution; British Caribbean, leadership, governance, and power in Africa during the period of legitimate trade; visionaries, dictators, and nationalist politics in the Caribbean; chiefs, western elites, and nationalism in colonial Africa; road to governance in post-colonial Caribbean and Africa.
  • CAS IR 395: North-South Relations
    (Meets with CAS PO 328.) Employs a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the relations between the industrialized nations of the "North" and the developing nations of the "South." Addresses historical and current issues in North-South relations, including trade, investment, migration, regional economic integration, and the environment.
  • CAS IR 410: Latin America Today: An Interdisciplinary Approach
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; or sophomore standing with consent of instructor.
    Required for Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies Program majors and encouraged for minors. Topic changes annually.
  • CAS IR 411: Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Latin America
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing.
    Meets with CAS PO 566. Examines a range of historical and contemporary conflicts and wars in Latin America, both internal and regional, examining their causes and consequences, and the most important factors that explain how they were resolved or why they persist.
  • CAS IR 415: Eu in 21st C
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Brussels Internship Program.
  • CAS IR 418: Politics, Nations, and Identity in the New Europe: Switzerland and the European Union
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Geneva Internship Program.
    (Meets with PO 247 E.) Examines Switzerland in the context of European history through a structured comparison with France and Germany. Discusses the Swiss role in the history and rationale of the EU, the current eurozone crisis and plans for enlargement, and questions of migration.
  • CAS IR 421: Global Governance, Economic Development, and Human Rights
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Geneva Global Governance, Economic Development, and Human Rights Program.
    Examines the roles of international "governing" institutions (the UN, NGOs, etc.) in the development of lower-income countries and the integration of human rights policies into such activities. Includes guest speakers from global organizations such as the WHO and the UN.
  • CAS IR 425: Seminar: Women and Social Change in the Developing World
    (Meets with CAS SO 420.) Studies women in nonindustrial countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, stressing empirical research, theory, and methodology. Comparisons between regions and with industrial countries. Focus on sex segregation, female labor force participation, migration, fertility, family roles, and women and political power.