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  • CAS IR 546: Power and Legitimacy: Ideology as a Political Tool
    Using original texts from Plato to Havel, political theories and ideologies are studied as instruments of power. Analysis of the relationship between ideas, political elites, institutions, decision-making processes, and legitimacy. Emphasis is on the newly emerged post-totalitarian states.
  • CAS IR 548: United Nations Peacekeeping
    Provides an understanding of the problems confronting United Nations-led efforts to prevent armed conflict before it starts, contain and end such conflicts once they start, and create conditions whereby an enduring peace can be maintained.
  • CAS IR 550: European Integration
    Meets with CAS PO 535. Assesses the meaning of "European Union" in its domestic, foreign policy, and economic dimensions. To understand the opportunities and limits of cooperation and conflict, relevant issue areas of European Community policy are discussed from a functionalist and realist perspective.
  • CAS IR 551: Social Europe: Identity, Citizenship, and the Welfare State
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS PO 536. The past, present and future of "social Europe." Impact of European economic and political integration on national identities, cultures, politics, and citizenship; EU policies affecting these social constructions; and changes over time in the welfare state.
  • CAS IR 552: Nordic Europe
    Meets with CAS PO 544. A brief historical overview of the region from the Viking Age to the emergence of the modern states is followed by study of the Nordic countries with respect to the European Union, security arrangements, and assistance to the developing world.
  • CAS IR 553: Classics of International Relations
    Close reading of one or more of the following, with applications of their teachings to historic and contemporary problems: Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War; Xenophon, Anabasis and the Education of Cyrus; Tacitus, The Annals; Sun Tsu, The Art of War; Kau-tilya, The Arthasastra; Persia's Shah Nameh; Machiavelli, The Prince and The Discourses; Winston Churchill, The Life of Marlborough; Clausewitz, On War; and Charles de Gaulle, France and Her Army and The Edge of the Sword.
  • CAS IR 556: Current Intelligence Issues
    Examines U.S. intelligence needs, with an emphasis on preparing for international developments in advance. Addresses issues of transnational terrorism and proliferation in additional to traditional concerns such as rogue states, counterintelligence, organized crime, regional rivals, and rising powers.
  • CAS IR 561: Religion and International Relations
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    (Meets with CAS PO 589 and CAS RN 561.) Explores the role of religion in contemporary international relations in the context of questions about the common core of modernity. Reviews scholarly and policy literature, and case studies, in order to elucidate religion's intellectual and operational diversity in international relations.
  • CAS IR 562: Conflict Resolution: Concepts and Institutions
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the International Conflict Resolution Program.
    An overview of the history and theory of conflict resolution. Students visit a range of UN agencies and NGOs working on these issues in Geneva. Must be taken in conjunction with Conflict Resolution: Workshop and Case Studies, taught in London.
  • CAS IR 563: Public Religion and Politics Across Cultures
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    The contested role of religion in modern politics and its implications for civil life. Begins with the West and includes Islam in the Middle East and SE Asia, Evangelism in Latin America and Africa, Hindu nationalism, and Buddhism in China.
  • CAS IR 565: Conflict Resolution: Workshop and Case Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in Geneva/London International Conflict Resolution Program.
    Three case studies reflecting different aspects of problems associated with conflict resolution, each with a British dimension. There are field trips linked to all three. Must be taken in conjunction with Conflict Resolution: Concepts and Institutions, taught in Geneva.
  • CAS IR 568: U.S.-Latin American Relations
    Meets with CAS PO 565. The international context within which Latin American countries operate, with primary emphasis on U.S. policy toward the region. Includes historical overview, the policy-making process itself, and case studies of specific policy issues.
  • CAS IR 573: Introduction to Public International Law
    The role of international law in efforts to solve current problems of world order. Emphasis on environmental protection and the regulation of ocean space and resources. The role of law in conflict and cooperation, and the quest for international security.
  • CAS IR 577: Foreign Policy of the People's Republic of China
    Meets with CAS PO 576. Explores China's perception of its role in the world, its evolution from a regional to a world power, and its security and economic relationships within the international system. Relationships with the superpowers, Third World, and world economy, focusing on technology and capital transfers.
  • CAS IR 579: Japan in International Politics
    Meets with CAS PO 552. International and domestic influences on Japan's international behavior in the past as a predictor of Japan's future role in international politics. Covers Japan's role in the Cold War, post-war Asia, and the management of the global economy. Examines viability of post-Cold War U.S.-Japan relationship.
  • CAS IR 581: The Evolution of Strategic Intelligence
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Limited to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
    Examines the uses of strategic intelligence by modern world leaders in shaping policy and the effects of intelligence on world events. Various uses of intelligence--collecting information analysis, counterintelligence, and secret operations--are explored with emphasis on the period from the Congress of Vienna to the end of the Cold War.
  • CAS IR 582: Taiwan: Politics and Transformation
    (Meets with CAS PO 553.) Examines Taiwan's history, economic development, ethnic identity, democratization, and its controversial position in international politics as a key to understanding questions of political economy, democratic transition, and East Asian security.
  • CAS IR 585: Problems and Issues in Post-Mao China
    Meets with CAS PO 549. An in-depth examination of politics in post-Mao China, this course focuses on several critical issues, uses various conceptual frameworks to try to understand why the reform process broke down, and examines prospects for the future.
  • CAS IR 586: Islam in South Asian Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines the relations among state, politics, and Islam in South Asia, with particular focus on the unsolved conflicts over Kashmir and Afghanistan.
  • CAS IR 587: Political Economy of the Middle East
    Considers the state of the Middle Eastern political economy and focuses on the failure of the rentier state and the difficulty of political and economic liberalization. Themes are petroleum, the uncertain course of political pluralism, and political Islam.