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
SPRING 2014

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
012
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Issues in Intelligence

Changes in technology, law, society, and governance are changing the business and possibilities of intelligence. On one hand, states and non-state actors have powerful new tools for surveillance, analysis, and disruption. On the other, formerly successful institutional forms find themselves unable to adjust, and public scrutiny of clandestine activities has never been greater. This course examines the theory and history of intelligence to establish a context for understanding these trends, and then explores recent events and likely developments to gain insight into the future of intelligence as a tool of state policy and a factor in international affairs.

SIS-653
011
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Diplomatic Practice

This seminar studies diplomacy in theory, history, and practice, as a political process and as an instrument of foreign policy. It covers diplomats' relations with their own governments as well as the countries in which they serve; how they use information on the politics, economics, and society of their host nation; the origin and costs of mistakes; and the future of diplomacy in an era of globalization and instant communication. It seeks to illustrate approaches to diplomacy through historical examples and contemporary case studies, linking diplomatic practice to current events.

SIS-653
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Politics of National Security Budgeting

This course examines in detail how the federal government determines the budgets for defense, foreign policy, homeland security, and intelligence. It also analyzes how the executive and congressional processes for allocating national security resources affect national security itself.

SIS-653
013
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

U.S. Defense Politics

This seminar examines how U.S. defense and national security policy is influenced by international relations, organizational interests, and domestic politics. The class looks at the history of a particular defense issue and uses the relevant theories and approaches to analyze, discuss, and probe contemporary issues in U.S. defense policy, including such persistent problems as acquisition reform, funding defense, the role of private military contracts, and changes in warfare, among other issues. Through the course assignments, students also learn how to ask and pursue interesting research questions and write a critical literature review.

SIS-653
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Transnational Security Challenges

What sorts of transnational security challenges do nation states face in the information age, and how do they manage these threats? Global threats such as nuclear proliferation, climate change, environmental degradation, refugee streams, or infectious diseases do not stop at national borders. Terrorist and criminal networks not only transcend international borders, but also go beyond traditional state jurisdictions and stove-piped hierarchies. This course analyzes the nature of the challenges, and look at the policy, legal, and institutional mechanisms the United States and other countries have found/must find to manage and counter these threats.

SIS-653
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Bioterror in the Twenty-first Century

This course examines the potential for bioterror attack. In this twenty-first century globalized world, the proliferation of biotechnology and a new wave of terror have combined to set the conditions for an increasingly likely attack using weapons of mass destruction (WMD) including biological weapons. The course also introduces the science behind biological weapons, examines U.S. government efforts to prepare for and respond to a bioterror attack, and investigates the policy implications of this emerging threat.

SIS-653
007
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

U.S. Policy toward Weak States

This course defines what constitutes a "weak" state, examines threats that such states pose to the United States, and assesses the various ways the United States has intervened in these states or regions. Case studies include Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Sudan, Somalia, and Liberia.

SIS-653
009
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

U.S. Foreign Policy toward Africa

This course examines the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy toward the disparate countries of North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and the success or failure of that policy in achieving national security goals. The course considers the U.S. domestic forces that influence African policy, as well as multinational and foreign considerations. It reviews U.S. policy toward African countries, focusing on four overlapping periods: post-independence, the Cold War era, the Apartheid struggle, and post-9/11.

SIS-653
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

U.S. Policy toward Latin America

This course examines U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America by focusing on the factors that shape U.S. foreign policy. The course considers the extent to which U.S. policy is shaped by the nature of the U.S. impact on Latin America.

SIS-653
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

President, Congress and Foreign Policy

Who really makes U.S. foreign policy? This course assesses the foreign policy roles of the president and Congress, focusing on the power that each branch wields and how relations between them shape U.S. policy. The class examines cooperation and disputes between Congress and the president on issues such as treaties, the use of military force, trade agreements, and the funding of foreign policy programs.

SIS-653
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

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
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Foreign Policy of Major and Emerging Powers

The toughest challenges facing the world in the twenty-first century include Middle East conflict; nuclear weapons in Iran and North Korea; war in Afghanistan and Iraq; democratization in failing states; climate change; terrorism; and world trade, development, and integration. Success or failure in meeting these challenges depends on whether the major powers of the world, the United States, Germany, Japan, Soviet Union/Russia, China, Great Britain, and France, are prepared to cooperate. This course surveys each of these issues and others from the perspective of the major powers in order to understand what the prospects are for constructive responses. The course begins by surveying the trajectory of all seven powers, and then delves into the issues utilizing what has been learned about their foreign policies.

SIS-653
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

U.S. Foreign Policy toward the Middle East

This course provides students with a detailed understanding of the history of America's relations with the countries of the greater Middle East as well as of current issues in United States policy towards the region. The course not only analyses the Arab-Israeli issue in depth, but also explores the domestic and international constraints which affect overall U.S. policy toward the Middle East.

SIS-653
007
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Transatlantic Security

This course examines the evolution of trans-Atlantic security policy and defense planning. It begins with a review of the formation of NATO and of trans-Atlantic defense policy and military force planning through the Cold War to the breakup of the Soviet Union. The course then focuses in some detail on the transformation that trans-Atlantic security relations have undergone, in particular the shift of NATO's focus from defense of European territory to expeditionary operations outside its boundaries and the European Union's assuming a strong role in defense planning.

SIS-653
008
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

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
009
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

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
010
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

United States Foreign Policy toward Illicit Networks

This course reviews the new and potent threat that states and governments worldwide face in the convergence, horizontal diversification, and globalization of illicit networks. Transnational organized crime (TOC) has expanded dramatically in size, scope and influence, with an illicit global economy now constituting as much as 5 percent of global GDP. Significantly, TOC has partnered with global terrorists, violent extremist groups, and insurgencies. This dynamic underwrites conflict, undermines states, and poses particularly challenging problems to U.S. foreign and national security policy. U.S. foreign policy remains oriented toward bi-lateral engagement, while the challenges posed by converging illicit networks observe no borders or regional barriers. The challenges to U.S. foreign and national security policy posed by the convergence of illicit networks are within no U.S. institution's traditional core competency. New strategies have been published to counter transnational criminal organizations and narcotics and other trafficking, yet the true challenge is the fusion of all these threats.

SIS-653
A01
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2014

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
012
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

U.S. 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
013
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

Cold War History

This course examines the history of the Cold War in a chronological framework and explores the pre-1945 origins of United States foreign policy during the Cold War, as well as assessing the extent to which the Cold War was truly global. The class studies significant historiographical debates regarding the origins of the Cold War, the reasons behind Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb, the nature of detente, and why the Cold War ended, as well as engaging with key primary sources. Students gain familiarity with both the history of the Cold War and broader themes in United States foreign relations.

SIS-653
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

U.S. Democracy Promotion

This course focuses on the role of democracy promotion in U.S. foreign policy, especially from the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt to the present. It studies the evolution of democracy promotion from its being an issue on the sidelines of U.S. foreign policy to its being at the very center of the U.S. foreign policy debate. It explores theories and determinants of democratization (and reversals of democratization), examines the challenges facing the U.S. government when it comes to balancing American core interests with its underlying values, analyzes the divergence between the U.S. human rights community and the promotion of democracy community, and studies the politics of democracy promotion.