International Relations

CAS PO 327 Non-State Actors in International Relations
Meets with CAS IR 333. Examines the important role of non-state actors in international relations. Non- state actors include subnational governments, international organizations, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, religious groups, violent groups, for-profit security firms, social movements, and grassroots organizations.

CAS PO 329 International Political Economy
Prereq: CAS EC 101 and EC 102. Emphasizes the dynamic interaction between politics and economics to understand and explain historical and contemporary issues in international political economy, including international monetary, trade, investment, financial, and environmental relations. Considers emerging challenges and structures in the international political economy. (Meets with CAS IR 390).

CAS PO 343 Europe and International Relations 
Provides an overview European affairs. Topics include the foreign policies of  European nations, the dynamics of European integration, NATO, international migration and ethnic conflict,  and European relations with the United States, Russia, and neighboring countries. (Meets with CAS IR 250).

CAS PO 351 China:  from Revolution to Reform 
Explores the economic, political, and social upheavals that followed the Chinese  revolution in 1949 and the cause of subsequent inauguration of reform in the late 1970s. Analyzes the  tensions that brought about the 1989 upheaval in Tiananmen Square, as well as the implications of China’s  emergence as an economic power.  (Meets with CAS IR 370).

CAS PO 352 Rise of China 
China’s political, economic, and strategic development since the late nineteenth  century, with emphasis on the period since 1949. Examines three questions: In what ways is China rising?  How did it happen? What are the impacts of China’s rise on the U.S. and the global system? (Meets with CAS IR 365).

CAS PO 355 International Relations of South Asia
Meets with CAS IR 372. Introduction to South Asia and regional conflict and cooperation. Focus on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka inter-state relations; great power interventions; power distributions; norms; political, military, and economic conflict and cooperation.

CAS PO 356 Nuclear Security
Meets with CAS IR 353. Provides students with the foundation for understanding nuclear security in the twenty-first century. Emphasis on the American Cold War experience, the growing threat of nuclear proliferation, the renaissance of civilian nuclear power, safeguards, and nuclear weapons under budget constraints.

CAS PO 357 Causes of War and Peace
Meets with CAS IR 347. War is the most destructive social act in which humanity engages. Why does war happen? This question is addressed by focusing on a variety of scholarly explanations. Theoretical discussions are paired with an examination of historical cases.

CAS PO 360 Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations
Introduction to the patterns and complexities of Latin American politics and foreign policies. Focuses on the distinctive Latin American political experience and alternative explanations for it, including  colonization, the international economy, and human and material resource
capacity and utilization.  (Meets with CAS IR 367).

CAS PO 377 Africa in International Politics 
Introduction to the international relations of post-colonial Africa. Core themes   include the politics of post-independence international alignments, the external causes and effects of   authoritarian rule, and Africa’s role in the global political economy.  (Meets with CAS IR 351).

CAS PO 380 Special Topics in IR  
Recent topics include:  Wars, Peace, and Diplomacy and The Middle East in Crisis.

CAS PO 381 History of American Foreign Relations Since 1898
Analysis of the history of American foreign policy from the perspective of the changing world and regional international systems; emphasis on the effect of these systems and the impact of America on the creation and operation of international systems. (Meets with CAS HI 287).

CAS PO 382 International Conflicts and Cooperation
Prerequisites: CAS PO 271/ IR 271. Is world politics “winner take all” or mutual gain? Do individuals count? Why do nations expand? Does it pay to fight? How do friends become foes and foes friends? Can swords become plowshares? Can we make a better world? Organizing for peace and human rights.

CAS PO 383 Making Sense of the World: Conceptual Foundations of International Relations
Introduction to various analytical approaches for understanding the dynamics of global interaction. Explores the variety of “worlds” made visible through the lens of theory. Fosters critical thinking about how conceptual tools shape our understanding of the world and attempted solutions to global problems. Satisfies PO 171 and IR 271 credit for both the PO and IR majors.  (Meets with CAS IR 360).

CAS PO 384 Global Governance and International Organization
Provides an overview of major theoretical perspectives on the creation and function  of international organizations, comparative case studies of selected organizations, and an examination of  present and future roles of international organizations in selected issue areas. (Meets with CAS IR 373).

CAS PO 503 U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Examines half a century of extensive and often intrusive involvement of the United States in the Middle East. Analyzes the extent to which U.S. policies in the region have been driven by real politik versus idealism, especially in terms declared commitments to protect the flow of oil from the region, insure the security of Israel, and promote the development of democracy. Analyzes the importance of the Cold War for understanding previous U.S. policies in the Middle East, as well as the quest for a post-Cold War paradigm. Students form working groups to write and present papers on key policy themes. (Meets with CAS IR 503).

CAS PO 533 Globalization of Nationalism
This course focuses on the problem of nationalism, distinguishing types, examining origins, and analyzing political, social, and economic implications. Emphasis in Spring 2016 is on nationalism’s spread into territories in Asia, specifically China, and under the cover of religion (e.g., ISIL) and secular social movements (e.g., “June Days” in Brazil).

CAS PO 552 Japan in International Politics
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 the post-Cold War U.S.-Japan relationship. (Meets with CAS IR 579).

CAS PO 557 The Political Economy of National Security
A seminar considering the relationship between economics and national security. The principal theme is the way economic factors fundamentally influence the national security of states, and the way those factors shape and constrain the strategies chosen to pursue that security.

CAS PO 558 War and Society in the Modern Age
This course takes a state-oriented approach to understanding war in the modern age (as distinct from focusing on segments of the armed forces). How states fight wars and how changes in warfare affect the relationship between state and society.

CAS PO 561 Latin American Political Parties
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. (Meets with IR 502).

CAS PO 565 U.S. Latin American Relations
The international context within which Latin American countries operate, with primary emphasis on U.S. policy toward the region. Includes historical overview, the policymaking process itself, and case studies of specific policy issues. (Meets with IR 568).

CAS PO 570 Politics and Society in North Africa and the Middle East
An investigation of contemporary North Africa and the Middle East, with emphasis on current socioeconomic and political trends and tensions.. (Meets with IR 569).

CAS PO 575 Decision Making in U.S. Foreign Policy
Examination of international crises from the perspective of the individual decision maker. Critical analysis and testing of the theoretical frameworks used to explain how states and statesmen behave in a crisis situation.

CAS PO 576 The Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China
Explores the evolution of China’s perceptions of its role in the world. Emphasizes both China’s changing security and economic relationships within the international system, and its attempts to evolve from a regional to a world power. In addition to a critical examination of China’s relationships with the superpowers and Third World, this course examines China’s changing relationship to the world economy, with particular reference to technology and capital transfers. (Meets with CAS IR 577).

CAS PO 578 The United States as a World Power
The course material is organized along a debate format. Although the course is primarily concerned with twentieth-century US foreign policy, attention is also given to eighteenth-and nineteenth-century issues. Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students only.

CAS PO 579 Political Biography
This course uses political biographies and memoir literature to evaluate twentieth-century international relations and statecraft. Topics vary year to year. Possible topics include an examination of biographical literature related to World War II, the Cold War, and Third World political leaders.

CAS PO 580 Readings in International Relations
Fall 2014 Topic:  International Political Economy. How and when do states create wealth, maintain it,  and use it to exercise power in the international system?
This course is an advanced graduate colloquium  on international political economy that extensively explores this question.

CAS PO 581 National Development and International Politics
An examination of North-South relations in the postwar era, with emphasis on the connections between internal and external dimensions of national and international development. Develops theoretical implications relevant for students of comparative politics, foreign policy, and international relations.

CAS PO 582 North Atlantic/European Security Issues
Meets with CAS IR 589. Examination of the post Cold War security environment in the North Atlantic and greater European context. Exploration of threats to security, mechanisms in place and emerging (NATO, CSCE, CFE, WEU), and challenges posed by changes since fall 1989.

CAS PO 583 Gender and War
Meets with CAS IR 518. 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 PO 585 Reckoning with the Past: Reparations and Justice in Comparative Perspective
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. (Meets with CAS AA 559 and IR 559. )

CAS PO 586 Science Fiction and World Politics
Uses science fiction literature as a starting point for an analysis of themes that concern scholars of present international relations, and those interested in imagining and making alternative political futures. Topics include causes of war, distribution of wealth and power, and consequences of nationalism.

CAS PO 588 Negotiation in World Affairs
What makes for success/ failure in negotiation? Examines how international actors use negotiation to advance their interests, resolve disputes, and mediate others. Case studies are drawn from crisis management, arms control, environmental controversies, and third-party interventions.

GRS PO 771 Approaches to the Study of International Relations
Graduate Core Seminar. Focuses on approaches and theories of international relations, rather than international events. Compares historical, descriptive, normative, and scientific approaches. Surveys a variety of theories on international conflict (e.g., war, arms races), and theories of international integration (e.g., alliances, trade).

GRS PO 789: The United States and the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific
Focuses on contemporary issues in U.S. relations with Japan, China, Taiwan, North and South Korea, and Russian involvement in East Asia. The implications of social economic, political, strategic changes in East Asia for U.S. policy and the management of international affairs are highlighted.

GRS PO 796 Ethics and the Use of Force
Acquaints students with the great debates in the ethics and law of war, and examines how the resort to and conduct of war is, or is not, circumscribed by normative concerns.

GRS PO 971 Directed Study in International Politics