International Relations

  • CAS IR 500: Topics in International Relations
    Examines various aspects of International Relations. Topics vary from semester to semester. Five topics are offered Fall 2014. Students may take any number of sections for credit. Section A1: Principles of International Negotiation. Focuses on the process of international negotiations using simulations, exercises and games. Special emphasis on negotiation analysis, dynamics, strategy and tactics in the international setting and in both bilateral and multilateral contexts. Issues of power, culture and implementation also discussed. Section B1: Comparative Immigration and Racial Politics. Examines immigration policies and domestic racial hierarchies across world regions and regime-types. Investigates the role of immigration and racial hierarchy in economic development, state formation, nationalism and electoral politics. Case studies include the US, Brazil, Britain, France, the UAE and Japan. Section C1: Rise of BRICS & the Global Economy. Why have some developing countries grown richer and others poorer? What does the rise of countries like China mean for the economic fortunes of high- income countries? Addresses these questions through developmental successes and disasters throughout the world. Section D1: Cyber Conflict & internet Freedom. (Meets with CAS CS 591 E1.) Examines the problems confronting the world in addressing network and computer insecurity while upholding privacy and civil liberties. While the U.S. has championed the "freedom-to-connect" as a human right, it has also established a new military command for cyberspace. Section E1: Nuclear Strategy. From the sling shot to the submarine, new weapons have given those deploying them critical military advantage. But the destructive power and proliferation of nuclear weapons has challenged mankind to seek ways of controlling them before it is too late.
  • 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 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 508: Islamic Political Movements and U.S. Policy
    Studies the origin and impact of various revivalist Islamic political movements and their intersection with U.S. foreign policy. Examines their ideologies, their views of the West, and their contribution to the rise of terrorism.
  • CAS IR 509: Islam in Middle East Politics
    Meets with CAS PO 556. Analysis of Islam in the classical and popular forms; examination of the role of the Muslim religion in the international politics of the modern Middle East, especially Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Libya; their interrelationships and their attitudes toward the West.
  • 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
    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 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 517: Seminar in Russian and East European Politics
    Meets with CAS PO 543. Treatment of political and security issues in Eastern Europe and European parts of former USSR in the crisis, transition, and contemporary periods; particular country and issue foci vary year to year.
  • CAS IR 518: Gender and War
    (Meets with CAS PO 583 and WS 345.) Examines gender constructions in world politics. Topics include gender biases in international relations theories, female and males 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 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 523: Global Justice
    Meets with CAS PO 526. Charts the course of human development over history and inquires why the quality of life varies so dramatically in the world today. Geographic, economic, cultural, and political factors are explored.
  • CAS IR 524: The Cold War in Latin America
    Meets with CAS HI 524. Analyzes the Cold War as experienced in Latin America. Examines government policies, social movements, economic conditions, and power struggles across Latin America. Compares episodes of direct and indirect intervention by the United States as well as Latin American responses.
  • CAS IR 527: Political Economy of China
    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.