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  • CAS IR 511: The Middle East Today
    A critical survey of the rise and development of modern nations, states, and economies in the Middle East and North Africa since 1900. Provides context and perspective essential for understanding contemporary issues (e.g., peace process, gender relations, religion's roles, democracy).
  • CAS IR 513: Bureaucracy and Governance: A Comparative Inquiry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    (Meets with CAS PO 525.) Bureaucracy is not only credited with underpinning economic development but also blamed for corruption and inefficiency. Exploring both theory and comparative development, this course looks at some of the most basic and important issues informing our understanding of governance.
  • CAS IR 514: Empire and Power: British Foreign Policy, 1782-Present
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS HI 533. Examines the evolution of British foreign policy over time as well as the nature of Great Power rivalry. Key themes include formulation of national diplomatic strategies, policy coordination, diplomatic vs. military considerations, alliance politics, and policy over-stretch.
  • CAS IR 515: Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines the states, empires, faiths, and ideologies of the Muslim world over a 1500-year period, including states from North and West Africa, through the Middle East, to Turkey, Iran, and then to Central and Southeast Asia. Also offered as CAS AH 539, AN 548, HI 596, and RN 563.
  • CAS IR 516: Intelligence and Homeland Security
    Aspects of homeland security, including information and intelligence sharing, the role of first responders, the structure and functioning of the system, and defensive and operational aspects. No prior knowledge of intelligence or security issues required.
  • CAS IR 518: Gender and War
    (Meets with CAS PO 583.) Examines gender constructions in world politics. Topics include gender biases in international relations theories, female and male roles in war, and rape as an instrument of warfare. Also assesses roles of women as leaders, actors, and objects of foreign policy.
  • CAS IR 519: People Power in Global Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Explores how everyday people shape global politics, drawing on classic studies of political anthropology as well as more recent examples of transnational and digital activism.
  • CAS IR 520: The State and Public Purpose in Asia
    Meets with CAS PO 550. Explores how noncommunist Asian governments have attempted to advance public purpose, and how organizational factors in countries' governments affect their ability to do so. These questions are addressed in a comparative framework, considering theory and cases.
  • CAS IR 521: Congress and National Security
    Examines the role and influence of Congress on the intelligence agencies of the US, Congress's oversight of intelligence collection, counterintelligence, covert action and surveillance in relation to the executive powers. Explores the influence of espionage on national security policy.
  • CAS IR 526: National and Homeland Security Law
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines National Security and Homeland Security Law as balancing the State's requirement for security against the citizenry's civil liberties. Specific topics are introduced via case studies, with analysis of relevant policy implications.
  • CAS IR 527: Political Economy of China
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS PO 548. How did China implement economic reform? What were the progresses and limitations? How is China's political-economic development influencing the global system? Discussions are conducted in a comparative perspective. Countries of reference include Japan and India.
  • CAS IR 528: International Negotiations
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines principles particularly relevant to negotiations among governments, the legal underpinnings of international agreements, negotiating dynamics, the unique characteristics of multilateral negotiations, and the challenges of mediation. Active participation in practical simulations is integral to the course.
  • CAS IR 529: Cuba in Transition
    Analysis of the prospects for peaceful transition in Cuba and the pressures for greater openness and democratization today. Discussion of the factors that facilitated Castro's Revolution and of Cuba's continuing impact on the policies of the U.S. and other countries.
  • CAS IR 531: Intercultural Communication
    Examines communicative problems that arise in contact between people from different cultural backgrounds in everyday life, social service encounters, and business transactions. Uses interdisciplinary approaches to study how verbal and nonverbal presentation, ethnic, gender, and cultural differences affect communication.
  • CAS IR 532: Trade Law and Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS IR 292.
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS IR 704.
    Examines the modern world trade regime and implications for global development. Draws connections between policies aimed at development and the trade and investment rules laid out in modern trade treaties. Topics include services, intellectual property, investment, environment, and human rights.
  • CAS IR 534: Government and Politics of Contemporary Africa
    Meets with CAS PO 571. Analysis of independent black Africa; factors of continuity and change in modern Africa, problems of political order, ambiguities of independence. Case studies of individual countries selected for additional emphasis on specific issues and problems of developing countries.
  • CAS IR 535: Diplomacy and Statecraft
    Examines the mechanisms and process of diplomacy in historical context, to assess approaches to the implementation of foreign policy, analyze the success and failure of these approaches in different circumstances, and consider wider issues in the application of statecraft.
  • CAS IR 538: France, Europe, and the World: The History of French Foreign Relations in Modern Times
    (Meets with CAS HI 538.) An advanced research colloquium that explores the evolution of France's position in Europe and the world from the beginning of the First World War to the present.
  • CAS IR 542: The Reemergence of Russia
    Disintegration of the old Soviet system and signs of a reemerging Russia; careers of Gorbachev and Yeltsin and their attack on the foundations of Stalinism; Moscow's role in the 1989 revolutions; the August 1991 coup d'état. The legacy of communism in the present medical and ecological crises; current political developments.
  • CAS IR 543: The Changing Face of Eastern Europe
    Domestic and foreign policies of East European states, their relations with the former Soviet Union and with each other. Emphasis is on the period 1989-92, but recent events are presented with the historical contexts. Analysis of the formation and subsequent implosion of the Soviet sphere in Europe. The collapse of communism in Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria and its impact on the Soviet crisis, the Western alliance, and international relations.