INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-653
Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Topics include substantive national security issues such as terrorism, non-proliferation, intelligence, and defense polices, as well as U.S. foreign policy toward specific regions or countries.

SIS-653
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Continuity and Change in U.S. Foreign Policy

This course examines continuities and incongruities in U.S. foreign policy since 1789, with the greatest emphasis on the Cold War and post-Cold War periods. It includes extensive use of primary documents.

SIS-653
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

National Security and Proliferation

The possibility of nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons (WMD) falling into the hands of terrorists or criminal networks is perhaps the gravest threat to U.S. national security. This course examines the particular hazards associated with each threat and what the United States is doing to defend against these threats. The course also explores the history of illicit trafficking in WMD and the prospects for the future proliferation.

SIS-653
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Public Diplomacy

Public diplomacy is generally defined as understanding, engaging, informing, and influencing foreign publics. This course provides an understanding of the history and dynamics of U.S. public diplomacy; knowledge of strategies and techniques for advocating policy and influencing opinion and behavior of international audiences in a Web 2.0 age; skills to communicate, especially in writing; an understanding of how to analyze key data, including opinion polls and audience surveys; and an ability to engage with the key moral, political, and practical dimensions of public diplomacy.

SIS-653
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

U.S. National Security Strategy

This historically-oriented course examines how the United States has sought to protect and promote its national security since the founding of the country. After a brief examination of early U.S. strategy, the bulk of the course investigates trends in American strategy since the beginning of the twentieth century. The last part of the course assesses President Barack Obama's national security strategy and a variety of ideas for addressing contemporary security challenges.

SIS-653
008
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Countering Terrorism

This course focuses on terrorism and how to counter it, utilizing case studies from multiple regions. Students may focus their research on an area of interest.

SIS-653
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Technology and National Security

This course examines the impact of science and technology on relations between nations, as well as the history of science and technology policy in order to gain an understanding of measures that have historically been employed to manage these issues. The course employs the use of case studies (including nuclear energy, biotechnology, and unmanned aerial systems) to understand the state of several technologies, the current control measures that govern these areas and consider the adequacy of these measures now and in the future. Meets with SISU-463 001.

SIS-653
007
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

U.S. Policy Toward South Asia

South Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan) may be the most volatile region in the world, with ongoing conflicts and two large countries possessing nuclear weapons. This course examines both the history of U.S. relations with the countries of South Asia and current issues in U.S. policy towards the region as a whole. The course also explores the domestic and international constraints that affect U.S. policy toward South Asia.

SIS-653
D01
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

US Relations with Israel and Palestine

This course explores the evolution of U.S. relations with both Israel and Palestine, from the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948 to the present day. Along the way, the course examines key milestones in America's policy toward Israel/Palestine, from President Truman's controversial decision to buck the U.S. foreign policy establishment and formally recognize the state of Israel to the U.S. role in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. The course analyzes throughout how a combination of sentimental, domestic political, and strategic factors have led to the formation of a wholly unique bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Israel characterized at once by both tight bonds and inherent tensions. At the same time, the course analyzes the complicated, uneven relationship between the U.S. and the Palestinians, including its tepid support for the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and opposition to Hamas' militant approach toward Israel in the Gaza Strip.

SIS-653
010
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

US/Russia Post-Cold War Relations

This course examines recent history and the current state of relations between the United States and the Russian Federation, focusing on enduring themes, ideas, and strategic cultures of each country in order to develop a deeper understanding of the existing tensions and future tendencies. The course covers issues of nuclear arms control, non-proliferation, expansion of NATO, trade relations, energy and environmental security, regime change, and human rights. Conflicts over Kosovo, Chechnya, and most recently Georgia are analyzed in their historical context. The course emphasizes the role of ideas, leaders, and empathy in international relations.