INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-619
Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including international economic policy coordination, emerging capital markets, international environmental policy, political risk analysis, international relations of Japan, preventive diplomacy, United States and Cuba, and nonviolence. Usually offered every term.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Post-War Peacebuilding

This course considers strategic approaches to peacebuilding and conflict resolution interventions using case studies from several post-conflict regions.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Economics of Violence and Peace

This course examines political economic issues concerning war and peace, including civil war, terrorism, and insurgency. Taking a broad view which emphasizes the interaction between economic and non-economic factors, including religion and culture, it discusses economic causes of wars, focusing on economic grievances, resources, environmental problems, and poverty; economic consequences of wars; and economic measures for conflict prevention and resolution, as well as post-conflict reconstruction.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Human Rights and Conflict

This course explores the increasingly relevant intersection of international human rights and conflict. It introduces students to many of the ethical and operational issues that policymakers, diplomats, human rights and humanitarian aid workers, soldiers, peace-keepers and civilian police face in responding to today's conflicts. In so doing, the course also provides students with basic understanding of humanitarian law. The class explores human rights as a cause or consequence of violent conflict; holding militaries and paramilitaries responsible for violations; peace negotiations and human rights advocacy; the truth vs. justice debate in truth commissions and war crimes trials; civil society as human rights safeguard; human rights implications of the war on terrorism; and the human rights of refugees and displaced people.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Youth and Conflict

This course examines the relationship between youth and conflict, starting with an exploration of varying definitions of youth as a biological, cultural, and political category. The class discusses youth and children both as victims of conflict and as perpetrators of violence, as well as youth and nation, the effect of conflict on educational systems, the special concerns of girls, the efforts of international child protection agencies and NGOs, children's testimonies of violence, and youth-sponsored peace-building activities internationally.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Security and Insecurity: Conflict and Politics in a Global Era

This course examines some of the main factors that have played a role in enhancing security or creating insecurity in the past, and examines the degree to which they have evolved in today's world. It addresses questions such as whether states fight more today than in the past; do they fight in different places and in different ways; have the dynamics, the institutions, and the actors that influenced conflict and war in the past changed in recent decades, or are they similar to past conflicts; and which fundamental concepts of security studies are still relevant today and which should be re-thought. The course considers, among other issues, alliances, territorial conflicts, civil-military relations, military doctrines, deterrence, nuclear weapons, and terrorism. Students examine these topics through the lenses of past and present cases of war and conflict, from World War I through conflicts of the twenty-first century.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Studies in Asymmetric Movements

This seminar begins by examining insurgency and counterinsurgency theory, and then studies specific asymmetric conflicts since 1905. The principal goal is to identify the causes for movements to arise and the factors that determine their outcome.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Foundations of Global Governance

As transnational challenges intensify, the question of whether states and societies can cooperate effectively has become central. An array of formal international and regional organizations and less formal governance efforts have developed as a response. This course examines the complex interactions among these governance efforts and national governments, individuals and civil society. It considers the challenges and constraints facing global governance and multilateralism and identifies newer and emerging forms that are more attuned to the needs and demands of the twenty-first century. Open only to students in the MA in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

State-Building

This course examines the distinctive challenges of state-building in our time, and on efforts by occupying powers, international organizations, separatist movements, and historical empires to construct stable governance. After exploring some historical cases of West European state-building, the course focuses primarily on contemporary cases in Eurasia, particularly on Russia and Ukraine. The primary assignment for the course is a policy paper or research paper, allowing deep engagement with an empirical topic of each student's choice.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Corporate Social Responsibility in a Global Context

This course explores the benefits and limits of corporate social responsibility (CSR) with a particular focus on the global mining, electronics, and textile industries. It examines whether multinational corporations (MNCs) can govern themselves in the human rights and environmental arenas, and the appropriate role of international organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations, and investors in encouraging MNCs to be socially responsible.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Foundations of Global Security

This foundation course provides students with a survey of the main theories and concepts related to international security and considers a range of historical and contemporary cases. Open only to students in the MA in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Political Risk Analysis

Political risk analysis techniques allow practitioners to gauge the political conditions that would be beneficial or harmful to investment and other activities. This methodology course covers approaches to political risk analysis and applications.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Foundations of Global Security

This foundation course provides students with a survey of the main theories and concepts related to international security and considers a range of historical and contemporary cases. Open only to students in the MA in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security.

SIS-619
019
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Transnational Crime and Terrorism

Transnational criminals and terrorists interact, particularly in conflict regions and regions of frozen conflict. Terrorists in many regions of the world depend on organized crime to finance their activities and provide them logistical support. This course examines the diverse forms of interaction of transnational crime and corruption, with the relationship of these different groups to the state a central part of the analysis. The class looks at the security, human rights, and social consequences of this interaction.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Latin America Political Economy

Over the past century, Latin America has been a fertile testing ground for a variety of economic and political theories of development. Economic experiments have ranged from liberalism through socialism, passing through various forms of state-led capitalism along the way. Political experimentation has included everything from populist authoritarianism to military rule, and from hybrid democracies to vibrant multiparty presidential democracies. The remarkable variation in these forms of economic and political organization has been matched by the breadth of actors and ideologies present in the fabric of Latin American states. Drawing on the rich toolbox of comparative political science, this course examines how political and economic organization influence each other, the foundations of the ideas and beliefs that underpin political and economic institutions, and the evolution of Latin American states and economies since World War II.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Complex Intervention and Peacekeeping

This course seeks to explain when and how international actors intervene in the domestic politics and economies of countries. The course addresses both the theory and application of various forms of social, political, and economic intervention including foreign aid; sanctions; humanitarian intervention; peacekeeping; and peacebuilding. The course material raises meaningful questions such as what factors motivate international intervention; what are the responsibilities of the interveners and the rights of the intervened upon; who does international intervention benefit; and how methods of intervention can be improved. The course provides an understanding of the broad nature of international intervention in global politics while grounding theoretical arguments in case-specific investigations. The seminar format involves discussion of the theoretical material as well as relevant current events.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Regional Organizations: Security and Government

This course compares major regional organizations in the world as well as examines how organizations promote regional cooperation in security and governance and a collective identity through a more detailed study of regionalism in Southeast Asia.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Migration and Security

Few issues pose as significant a challenge to states as international migration does, affecting nearly all critical aspects of governance. The myriad ways that immigration and refugee flows affect state interests, both material and idealistic, creates highly contentious politics where domestic interests clash and defining a national interest is an elusive quest for the state. This course offers students a broad overview of migration and refugee dynamics, and identifies those aspects most challenging to state governance. This includes understanding the factors that generate migration and refugee flows, as well as the politics they generate, both international and domestic. The course examines the security implications (broadly defined) of global migration and refugee flows, including defense, homeland security, and economic and societal dimensions. It also considers carefully the human rights implications of these dynamics. The course also examines policy development over the past half-century in a comparative perspective with an eye towards identifying new challenges and generating questions for future research.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Cyber Warfare, Terrorism, Espionage, and Crime

Cyberspace plays an increasingly important role in diplomacy and global conflict. This course examines the issues and controversies surrounding the use of cyberspace for warfare, terrorism, espionage, and cybercrime. Students gain a thorough knowledge of the core concepts, issues, policy options, and potential futures of conflict in cyberspace. Technical knowledge of digital media and networks is not required.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Law of War

This course examines the law regulating the conduct of war and other armed conflicts, including the history and development of the law. Special attention is given to how the law of armed conflict has been employed, challenged, changed, or modified during the United States' ongoing untraditional war against a transnational non-state actor. Students grapple with the same questions that confront practitioners and policy-makers on some of the most interesting and controversial issues of our time, such as detention policy, drone warfare, status of participants to the hostilities, and preemptive force.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Adaptation under Fire

This course examines the role of adaptation in war. It is intended to help graduate students understand the difficulties of accurately forecasting the nature of future conflicts, and how militaries must rapidly adjust to unexpected circumstances. The course highlights the challenges confronting militaries that enter conflicts with unproven theories and then must adjust those approaches to the painful realities of a new battlefield, or fail. Students study eight modern wars to examine how militaries adapted their doctrine, use of technology and leadership in order to become more effective. The course also highlights the viewpoints and experiences of individual service members in combat in dealing with fear and stress.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

The United Nations

This course explores the birth, evolution, and performance of the United Nations. Students also examine how (and how well) the UN has addressed specific issues through cases studies in areas that include peacekeeping, environment, poverty reduction, and humanitarian assistance.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Human Rights in the Middle East

This course facilitates a critical assessment of the state of human rights and human rights advocacy in the Middle East. It considers the variety of factors which contribute to human rights violations in the region including the pervasiveness of authoritarian regimes which rely on elaborate security apparatuses repress dissent, social hierarchies, and Islamist politics. The course then examines the various responses of Middle Eastern governments to internal and international charges of human rights violations ranging from deploying anti-imperialist discourses intended to discredit the framework to co-opting it by signing international human rights treaties and creating domestic human rights institutions. The course devotes considerable attention to effective advocacy strategies, touching upon debates surrounding the appropriate role of Western actors, and whether and to what extent advocacy initiatives such as those promoting women's rights should deploy Islamic discourses. Finally, the course considers several contemporary case studies including shifting human rights dynamics spurred by the post-September 11th era and subsequently by Iran's Green Movement in 2009 and the 2011 Arab Uprisings. The course concludes by assessing whether the human rights paradigm has lived up to its emanicipatory promise in the Middle East and considering the future of human rights conditions, consciousness and advocacy in the region.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Advanced Quantitative Methods in Abuse of Human Rights Studies

This course surveys advanced statistical methods used in quantitative literature about state-sponsored abuse of human rights, globally and regionally. Emphasis is placed on replication, diagnostics, analysis of data, and substantive interpretation of results. Sudents learn from the literature in order to create original research. Prerequisite: SIS 600.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Negotiation Analysis and Skills

The ability to understand how a particular negotiation is unfolding and the skill to change its course for the better are important strategic interpersonal skills. This course provides theory and practice for developing both the analytical and behavioral aspects of one's negotiation skills, while making a link between personal skills, inter-communal, and international conflict contexts. While the analytical component of the course provides students with the tools to understand a diverse array of bargaining situations, the prescriptive component focuses on integrative, value-creating strategies that help achieve mutually-satisfying outcomes and elegant solutions to shared problems. Simulations and seminar discussions are used to illustrate analytical elements and practice new negotiation methods.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Peacebuilding in Africa

This course examines problems of peace and security in Africa in the post-independence period, focusing on the past 15 years. It analyzes cases from different subregions of the continent, including Liberia, Sudan, and the Congo, and assesses the efforts of regional institutions, the United Nations and outside powers to find peaceful solutions.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Global Political Economy

This course is concerned with the scope of political economy. The focus is on the origins of the modern global political economy and its institutional structure. It examines contemporary issues in political economy, using the division of labor as an organizing concept, and explores the prospects for global restructuring at the turn of the century.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

International Law and the Global Order

This course focuses on the role of international law in interstate relations and global order; analyzes the contribution of different international institutions in making of international law; and examines the effectiveness of international law in maintaining order in important areas of global affairs with emphasis on cases, treaties, and other documents.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding

This interactive course explores effective strategies for ending gender-related violence and tapping females as a global force for peace-building. The class studies 'gendered' theories of power and nonviolent struggle, engages in hands-on learning, and hears from foundations, scholars, advocates, and policymakers working to create a world without sexual violence and war. Students learn from transgender communities who offer inspiring stories and strategies of resilience, courage, and hope.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Environment, Peace, and Conflict

This course examines what is known about the relationships among environmental change, natural resources, and the dynamics of peace and conflict. The course asks questions about both conflict and peace, and approaches these questions from several different directions and at different levels of analysis: localized, national, transnational, and supra-national. Theoretical frameworks are combined with empirical material, including time- and place-specific studies of particular places, relationships, and conflicts, and macro-statistical analyses across space and time. In doing so, the class looks at many different types of human-environment interactions and a wide range of environmental issue areas, including but not limited to water, energy, deforestation, land use, mining, toxics, and climate change.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

NGOs in Global Governance

The purpose of this course is to critically examine the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in international affairs broadly, including global and national governance, civil society and social movements, and socioeconomic development. While the number of NGOs has proliferated since the 1980s, it remains an open question when and whether they influence transnational processes, social norms, or human wellbeing. Throughout the seminar, primary and secondary sources are used to address these questions. The course considers NGOs at the global and local levels, with a particular focus on the world's poorest countries. As part of the course, students have a unique opportunity to be involved in an ongoing research project of the professor's, there are visits to the offices of at least one NGO in DC, as well as class speakers from NGOs.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Seminar in International Affairs

This course introduces students to, establishes a theoretical foundation of knowledge in, and provides exposure to experts in the main fields of concentration available in the graduate programs of the School of International Service: international politics, international law and organizations, international peace and conflict resolution, comparative and regional studies, international communication, international economic relations, international development, global environmental politics, and U.S. foreign policy. The course improves students' understanding of these fields of study through experiential education and active learning; immerses students in both the theory and practice of these areas through meetings with experts and site visits to relevant agencies and organizations; explores relevant career opportunities and prepares students to pursue professional careers in these fields; and develops academic and professional skills relevant to these subject areas. Prerequisite: admission to the Graduate Gateway Program.

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Nationalism and Identity

This course explores the sources of our most basic and powerful feelings of political loyalty?our ideas about who we are, who has the right to rule over us, who we are willing to kill and for whom we are willing to die. After exploring what nationalism is, why it is so powerful, and some of the different explanations of nationalism and identity-formation, we look at the role of nationalism and identity in a wide range of political phenomena: insurgency and resistance to occupation, the collapse of multi-ethnic states and empires, civil and international wars, and distinctive patterns of voting and violence.

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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FALL 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)