International Relations

  • CAS IR 500: Topics in International Relations
    Examines aspects of international relations. May be repeated for credit if topics are different. In Fall 2017, two topics are offered. Section A1: Sovereignty and Resistance: Non-Western States in the Age of Imperialism. How did some states, such as Japan and Ethiopia, remain independent while neighbors were colonized? The history of Asian and African resistance to European imperialism in the nineteenth century is investigated, focusing particularly on states' strategies to retain sovereignty. Section C1: African Development Policy and Practice. Examines dominant theories of development in Africa and their impacts on formulation, implementation and outcomes of development policy. Explores geography, history, and institutions in Africa's "underdevelopment." Addresses industrialization, technology, natural resources, population, foreign aid, trade, and climate change.
  • CAS IR 501: Conflict and Cooperation in Asia
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS PO 554. Investigates patterns of conflict and cooperation in South and East Asia surrounding issues ranging from water resources and health to borders and war. Analyzes how such issues contribute to instability in the region, as well as methods of cooperation.
  • CAS IR 502: Latin American Political Parties
    Meets with CAS PO 561. Parties and party systems of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Historical origins and labor incorporation. Populist, working-class, and hegemonic parties. Market reform and party system transformation or collapse. Ethnic parties, clientelism, rise of a new Left.
  • CAS IR 503: The U.S. in the Middle East
    Meets with CAS PO 503. Examines the historical development and present status of the United States' association with the Middle East: American commercial, economic, political, military, and humanitarian interests in the area and their interaction.
  • CAS IR 504: Seminar: The Persian Gulf/Arabian Peninsula
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Limited to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
    Graduate Prerequisites: Limited to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
    Meets with CAS PO 577. The Persian Gulf/Arabian Peninsula system as a major focus of international concern. An in-depth examination of the political, economic, and societal evolution and dynamics of these states: their interrelationships; superpowers', European, and Japanese policies toward them.
  • CAS IR 505: Arms Control and Proliferation of Weapons
    Arms control and disarmament in modern diplomacy. International agreements. Global control and dangers of proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. Impact of terrorism. Small arms and conflict. New ideas in global arms control.
  • CAS IR 506: India and the World: The Foreign Policy of a Rising Power
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing; or qualified sophomores with consent of instructor.
    Today, India is a nuclear power with a huge and growing economy. This, along with the rise of China and 9/11, has catapulted India into the international limelight. This course examines India's rise, focusing on its foreign policy and international role.
  • CAS IR 507: Islam and Politics
    Investigates the origins and practices of prominent Islamists and grassroots Muslim political movements. Emphasis is on the coevolution of states and religious movements, the emergence of religious democrats, the dynamics of transnational mobilization, and recognizing politics in unusual places.
  • CAS IR 510: Comparative Immigration and Racial Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Senior Standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines immigration policies and domestic racial hierarchies across world regions and regime-types. Role of immigration and racial hierarchy in economic development, state formation, nationalism, and electoral politics in three largest migrant-receiving regions: North America, Western Europe, and the Persian Gulf.
  • 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 512: Global Resource Geopolitics
    Students explore in-depth the relationship between conflict, natural resources, development, and security, and practice developing solutions to complex problems. Analyzes the most contentious themes in the political economy of resources: violence, population, energy, and agro-food production. Also offered as CAS GE 506.
  • 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 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 524: The Cold War in Latin America
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS HI 524. Examines Cold War in Latin America through chronological examination of "hot-spots" in Latin America. Examines government policies, social movements, economic conditions and power struggles. Compares direct and indirect intervention by U.S. and local efforts to resist or exploit intervention.
  • 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.