International Relations

  • 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 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
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    (Meets with CAS HI 538.) An advanced research colloquium for history and international relations undergraduate concentrators and graduate students 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.
  • 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 559: Reckoning with the Past: Reparations and Justice in Comparative Perspective
    Meets with CAS AA 559 and PO 585. The debate about reparations for slavery and Jim Crow segregation in the United States examined critically as conversation about, and movement for, retrospective justice. Includes discussion of war crimes tribunals and truth commissions.
  • 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 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 566: Democracy in Latin America and Its Challenges
    (Meets with CAS PO 580.) Provides an overview of democracy's achievements and challenges in Latin America. Draws comparisons between stable and unstable democracies in the region, and analyzes the reasons for, and implications of, these differences.
  • 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 569: Politics and Society in North Africa and the Middle East
    Meets with CAS PO 570. An investigation of contemporary North Africa and the Middle East, with emphasis on current socioeconomic and political trends and tensions.