International Relations

  • 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 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'etat. 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 545: The Arctic and Global Politics
    Climate change is transforming the Arctic, creating new sea-lanes, new opportunities for resource exploitation, and new questions of sovereignty and security. The course addresses geo-political implications for Arctic and trans-Arctic stakeholders, including both states and indigenous peoples.
  • 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 549: Politics and International Relations of the Federal Republic of Germany
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS PO 545. Analysis of contemporary German polity; domestic and international forces that have created the strengths and weaknesses of the present-day German state; implications for the viability of German political institutions and for Germany's present and future role in the world.
  • CAS IR 550: European Integration
    Meets with CAS PO 535. Explores present, past, and potential future of the European Union. Investigates who is in charge and who matters in policymaking and politics. Examines a wide range of EU policies, including economics, security, and trade, and their impact on EU member-states.
  • 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
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS PO 544. Examines the role of Nordic countries in global politics. Addresses history from Viking Age to modern era, then turns to contemporary issues including relationship with the European Union, security cooperation, influence in international organizations and assistance to the developing world.
  • CAS IR 556: Current Intelligence Issues
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    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 557: Guerrilla Warfare and Terrorism
    Advanced undergraduate course dealing with recent and ongoing guerrilla and terrorist campaigns worldwide. Origins, ideologies, and doctrines.
  • 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 568: U.S.-Latin American Relations
    Meets with CAS HI 523 and CAS PO 565. Explores both sides of the U.S.-Latin American relationship, tracing its development over time and analyzing its current challenges. Each week focuses on a different theme--including imperialism, intervention, hemispheric security, trade, immigration, and drug trafficking--within a roughly chronological framework.