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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.

SIS-619
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Dialogue: Approaches and Applications

This course explores different theories and approaches to dialogue as a conflict transformation framework. It focuses on various types of identity-based conflict and the use of dialogue approaches and tools to transform and change the dynamics of ethnic, religious, and cultural conflicts. Interfaith, interethnic, and intercultural dialogue processes and case studies are explored and examined, especially their design, process, and possible impact.

SIS-619
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Peace Education

This advanced seminar provides students with an overview of peace education in terms of the main theories, concepts and methods associated with the field. The course covers basic definitions of peace and conflict resolution along with approaches such as nonviolence, cross-cultural understanding and peacebuilding. The process of learning emphasizes cooperative engagement and respect for diversity to create peaceful learning communities. The importance of values for social justice, ecological balance and global awareness is affirmed.

SIS-619
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
007
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
010
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Environmental Peacemaking

The focus of the emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental peacemaking is to identify ways that the environment, natural and human, provides opportunities for building bridges of collaboration between conflicting parties. In this course, students deal with concepts from ecopolitics, environmental security studies, international relations, and conflict resolution and develop an understanding of the theoretical framework informing the emerging environmental peacemaking paradigm. It also touches upon the nascent field of environmental peacebuilding, with its focus on relationship-building between conflict actors. The course examines the interactions among violence, conflict, peace, security, and the natural environment. It is structured to create the context for students to address questions including what impact violent conflict has on the environment; is environmental degradation itself a source or trigger of violent conflict; and how environmental cooperation can be used to promote peace and sustainable development.

SIS-619
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Comparative Peace Processes

Peace processes are far more complex than any other kind of international or intergroup negotiation and involve bargaining between the principal conflict parties and among their own internal factions and constituencies, and sometimes involve outside interveners who want to mediate among the parties. While classic approaches to peace processes tend to either emphasize the internal and external political contexts to explain success or failure, or test the theories of international relations related to the termination of war, this course looks at peace processes as complex negotiations that should lead to the end of armed conflict and continue into implementation and the reconstruction of peaceful social and political relations. The course examines peace processes that have failed, those that appear to be succeeding, and those whose outcome remains unclear. Students gain an understanding of the options for structuring such a negotiation, the issues that need to be resolved, the trade-offs and tensions that are involved, and the dangers and challenges along the way. Cases from the last three decades of peace negotiations are analyzed in depth to identify the dynamics, patterns, and factors involved.

SIS-619
009
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Localizing Peace

This course is premised on a comprehensive understanding of peace that explores local capacities for peacebuilding and sustainable development in a multitude of diverse cultural and religious contexts. Peace at global, regional, and national levels is unlikely to take root unless such capacities are established, for ultimately peace must be made and practiced on a local basis. The course addresses the vital need to make active use of local peace resources and to pursue forms of local-international collaboration that sustainably yield locally valid and effective solutions, currently an emerging area in the field of conflict resolution. The course also develops practical frameworks and raises critical questions for identifying, eliciting, and tapping local resources to enhance capacity for local solutions to conflict.

SIS-619
014
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
020OL
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Big Data and Text Mining in International Affairs Research

This online course helps students understand the tools and techniques used in contemporary analysis of large-scale unstructured textual data with applications for international affairs and a range of social science research topics. While the concept of Big Data is relative, and how it is defined varies from field to field, text-based data is perhaps the largest single source of data available to the modern investigator. This includes numerous genres of textual data, from email archives, websites, twitter feeds and other social media, blog posts, speeches, annual reports, published articles, and much more. In the aggregate, these sources can easily run into thousands and thousands of discrete items. This form of Big Data is particularly challenging to the analyst using only traditional forms of content analysis. In this course, students learn techniques to help them begin to see the power of computational approaches to the large-scale analysis of unstructured text-based data. Essentially, this course helps to find the proverbial needle in the international affairs data haystack.

SIS-619
015
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

International Security in Asia

This course introduces students to alternative ways of looking at Asia's emerging security order using different theories and perspectives on international relations. It also informs students with a comprehensive background in Asian security problems and challenges including the rise of China, Japan, and India, territorial disputes in South and East China Sea, energy and maritime security issues, arms races, intervention, domestic strife and democratization, the role of the United States in Asian security and its military presence and bilateral alliances in the region, and the security architecture of Asia for the twenty-first century.

SIS-619
021
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Global International Relations Theory

This foundation course approaches international relations theory with an interdisciplinary perspective and presents the major paradigms existing in the field. It sets normative and analytical definitions of priorities and goals and establishes the boundaries of the field. Open only to students in the MA in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security.

SIS-619
022
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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
023
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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
024
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
025
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
026
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
033
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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, humanitarian assistance, and the war in Iraq.

SIS-619
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Gender and Conflict

This seminar examines the gender dimensions of human wrongs associated with violent conflict. Students are encouraged to ask questions about the complexity of human rights problems and consider aspects of human rights problems made invisible to the outside world by silencing or obscuring the victims. Students also explore how each aspect of conflict is gendered. Of primary concern is gendered forms of resistance to and cooperation with agents of war and peace, the role gender plays in the militaries and militarization, the impact of militarization on the lives of men and women in both war and peace time, and recent legal and political attempts to address gender-based violence in human rights.

SIS-619
034T
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
035
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
036
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
032
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
037
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
027
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
028
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
030
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
038
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Understanding Conflicts in Syria and Iraq

This course discusses the historical, political, social, and identity based foundations for the current conflicts in Syria and Iraq. It analyzes the main groups involved in these conflicts and their grievances. It also analyzes the rise of radical groups, such as ISIS, and the regional consequences of such radicalism. Finally, the course reviews regional and international attempts aiming at the peaceful resolution of the conflicts, and avenues for constructive U.S. engagement.

SIS-619
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Conflict and Development

An examination of the way in which development processes, strategies, and policies increase or decrease local, national, and international conflicts, as well as the ways in which conflicts at all levels condition development choices.

SIS-619
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

International Security in Asia

This course introduces students to alternative ways of looking at Asia's emerging security order using different theories and perspectives on international relations. It also informs students with a comprehensive background in Asian security problems and challenges including the rise of China, Japan, and India, territorial disputes in South and East China Sea, energy and maritime security issues, arms races, intervention, domestic strife and democratization, the role of the United States in Asian security and its military presence and bilateral alliances in the region, and the security architecture of Asia for the twenty-first century.

SIS-619
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

History of Global Politics

This course provides historical context on change and continuity in the global political system. It examines the rise, fall, and evolution of the political units that have comprised the system, including city-states, empires, and socio-cultural political units such as world religions as well as the modern nation-state and addresses how each of these different forms of political units have affected the practice of global politics across the centuries. The course compares parallel sub-global systems of politics common before the contemporary era of interconnected global politics, particularly politics within the European state system to those in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Finally, the course takes a historical perspective on change and continuity in the variety of actors and organizing structures in global politics to assess how conceptions of global society, norms, and values as well as power and self-interest have shaped peace, conflict, prosperity, and development across history.

SIS-619
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

In an age of globalization but unequal distribution of economic resources and political power, insurgencies pose one of the greatest challenges to the established order, whether that order is a democracy, monarchy, dictatorship or theocracy. This course analyzes the historical roots of insurgencies and counterinsurgencies, beginning with the Roman Empire, and assesses the causes, conduct, and consequences of these actions, with an emphasis on applications since World War II. Though military aspects are included, the principal focus is on the political, economic, and social forces that have informed and directed insurgents and those who oppose them. Through an understanding of the history of this complex and often misinterpreted field, students seek to define the issues these movements pose and create a framework to assess the factors that precede their rise and shape their outcome.

SIS-619
007
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Global International Relations Theory

This foundation course approaches international relations theory with an interdisciplinary perspective and presents the major paradigms existing in the field. It sets normative and analytical definitions of priorities and goals and establishes the boundaries of the field. Open only to students in the MA in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security.

SIS-619
008
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

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.

SIS-619
010
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Refugees, Migration, and Trafficking

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.

SIS-619
011
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Governance, Development and Corruption

This course explores the scope of corruption around the world. It considers sources and effects of these practices, and the practical possibilities for controlling or reducing corruption, especially in African contexts.

SIS-619
012
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

History of Global Politics

This course provides historical context on change and continuity in the global political system. It examines the rise, fall, and evolution of the political units that have comprised the system, including city-states, empires, and socio-cultural political units such as world religions as well as the modern nation-state and addresses how each of these different forms of political units have affected the practice of global politics across the centuries. The course compares parallel sub-global systems of politics common before the contemporary era of interconnected global politics, particularly politics within the European state system to those in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Finally, the course takes a historical perspective on change and continuity in the variety of actors and organizing structures in global politics to assess how conceptions of global society, norms, and values as well as power and self-interest have shaped peace, conflict, prosperity, and development across history. Open only to students in the MA in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security.

SIS-619
013
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Global International Relations Theory

This foundation course approaches international relations theory with an interdisciplinary perspective and presents the major paradigms existing in the field. It sets normative and analytical definitions of priorities and goals and establishes the boundaries of the field. Open only to students in the MA in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security.

SIS-619
014
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

The Politics of Foreign Aid

This seminar offers a broad survey of the international politics of foreign aid. Specifically, the use of official development assistance as a foreign policy tool, as well as the wide variety of international actors involved in the allocation of foreign aid is examined. The course seeks to understand the motivations behind the giving of aid as well as the impact of foreign aid in recipient countries. Several themes in the political economy of development are addressed including economic growth, governance, democracy promotion, human rights, conflict, and climate change. Students learn about the benefits and harms associated with foreign aid from a variety of perspectives.

SIS-619
015
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Energy and Security in Eurasia

This course explores an important driver of international relations and national security, the connection between energy and security. Europe is a large and growing energy market, increasingly depending on imported resources. The course provides a strategic overview of European energy security, the current and potential future role for Eurasian energy supplies, as well as different scenarios for long-term energy solutions.

SIS-619
016
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

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.

SIS-619
017
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

U.S. Experiments in Peacebuilding

Since 1990 the U.S. government has played a central role in international efforts to resolve a number of international civil conflicts, with limited results. Relative success in Bosnia, Peru-Ecuador, and Liberia stand alongside Haiti, Darfur, Lebanon, and Iraq. This course explores the theories behind official U.S. peacebuilding and the range of mechanisms and programs deployed by U.S. government agencies, including the State and Defense Departments, USAID, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Key questions addressed include: is the U.S. an empire; does its sole superpower status hinder or enhance its peacebuilding role; why was stabilization and reconstruction initially ignored in Iraq; what lessons can be drawn from the American experience in Afghanistan; and what reforms are desirable? Meets with SIU-619 001.

SIS-619
018
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Peacebuilding in Divided Society

This course explores various peacebuilding approaches that can be utilized in multi-ethnic and divided societies. It focuses on the three possible levels of intervention (grassroots, middle out and top down) often implemented by peacemakers in their attempts to bring change to the dynamics of deeply rooted conflict societies. As a primary case study for this course, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is critically reviewed and examined. Multiple dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as the relationship between Palestinians and Jews within Israel, are investigated.

SIS-619
019
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

US-Iran Conflict and Reconciliation

This course provides a basis for understanding the political, economic, and security dimensions of Iran's role in regional politics, the conflict in the U.S.-Iran relations, and reconciliation as an important factor and determinant of stability in the Middle East. Organized along historical and thematic lines from Iran being a front-line state during the Cold War to it becoming the home of an Islamic revolution, the course focuses on the issues of culture and politics, thought and practice, to elucidate aspects of tension and conflict between the U.S. and Iran and its implication for the region. Students study conflict resolution theories and explore debates in the field as applicable to the U.S.-Iran relations and look at new alternatives for dialogue and opportunities for negotiation in the process of reconciliation in a comparative historical perspective. Course includes issues of reform and radicalism, Islam as a political force, Iran's role in regional politics, and the search for new alternatives in cultural engagement and diplomacy in resolving conflict.

SIS-619
021
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Human Security

This course examines developments in and ways of thinking about security since the end of the bi-polar world order. The course considers ways of thinking about security other than through the national security framework; works towards an understanding of non-military threats to human life, communities, societies, and cultures; examines the intersection of globalism and new forms of security provision; examines the impact of organized crime; assesses the scope and consequences of light weapons proliferation, especially for developing countries; and analyzes forms of involvement in wars. Usually offered every term.

SIS-619
023
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

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.

SIS-619
024
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Conflict in Africa

This course is a historical and analytical overview of conflict in Africa. The course begins with conflict in pre-colonial Africa and the advent of colonialism. The bulk of the course is concerned with an exploration of theories regarding the causes of conflict in Africa, ranging from the economic and social impact of colonialism, political culture, ethnic divisions, greed and grievance, etc. Recent major conflicts in Africa are analyzed with respect to these theories. Finally, possibilities for peace in Africa are addressed.

SIS-619
026
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Islam and Democracy

The purpose of democracy in Islam is primarily to serve the community--the collective good--rather than the individual, while democracy in Western liberalism underscores individualism. However, as in other religions, there are democratic precepts and practices in Islam which promote the rights of the individual. This course seeks answers to questions raised by Islam's relation to democracy, including what Islamic traditions, precepts, and practices are most promising for the support of democracy; the ramifications of an Islamic civil society; what roles women play; and the most important issues and forces behind contemporary Islamic activism for democracy.

SIS-619
039
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

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.

SIS-619
D01
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Great Powers Politics: Diplomacy, Order, and War

This course helps students to unpack and discover the critical role that great power politics plays in ordering international politics. The course is broadly divided into four sections. First, the course specifies the concept of great powers, with a focus on the sources and nature of their political influence; then the course focuses on the manner in which great powers interact with one another and the institutions used to mediate their relationships. In the third section, students are introduced to concrete examples of great power order such as the Concert of Europe, the League of Nations, and the UN. Finally, how great power discord comes about and the consequences of this discord for international security is discussed.

SIS-619
009
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Weak States and War

In recent years there has been a growing realization of the importance of state building and the dangers associated with state failure. But why do some states manage to build a strong and cohesive polity while others fail to do so? This course uses a combination of theory with historical and current case studies to examine the effects of war on the process of state building, as well as state weakness as a source of international conflicts.

SIS-619
N02L
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

The Making of US Foreign Policy: Institutions and Processes

This course introduces students to the institutions and processes involved in making US foreign, defense and intelligence policy. The course provides a brief overview of the foreign and national security challenges facing the United States and focuses on the institutions, decision-making processes and politics of US foreign and national security policy-making. It covers the State and Defense departments, the intelligence community, the White House, interagency processes, the Congress, and outside participants in the policy process.

SIS-619
028
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Politics of International Criminal Law

This course examines the political dynamics that shape the formation, design, and operation of international criminal courts. Beginning with the Nuremberg tribunal following World War II, the course explores the intersection between principles of justice and the practice of power politics. In addition to the post-WWII tribunals, the course covers the ad-hoc international tribunals established for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the hybrid courts created for situations such as Sierra Leone and Cambodia, and the International Criminal Court (ICC). The course does not deal with the jurisprudence of trial processes, but rather, on the politics that surround the creation and function of these international legal institutions.

SIS-619
029
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Managing International Organizations: Governance, Diplomacy, andSecurity

International organizations such as the IMF, OECD, World Bank OSCE, UN, G-20, face a wide range of organizational challenges from uncertainty over their mission, purpose, architecture and priorities to questions about their relevance, efficacy and leadership. This course helps students develop the practical management and diplomatic skills necessary to address these challenges. It also explores the security, governance and development issues of this century and how to cultivate public and financial support to meet these issues. It challenges students to ask what works and what is needed to create the political will to energize these organizations and adapt to changes that are taking place at warp speed and outside the traditional structure of the nation state.

SIS-619
031
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Business Diplomacy

It's not business as usual for twenty first century leaders. Operating in an environment of constant change where the coins of the realm are transparency and trust, business leaders must engage with their stakeholders in order to achieve organizational goals. Stakeholder engagement, reputation management, issue and crisis management, advocacy, and corporate social responsibility are the leadership competencies required to manage people and processes across borders in culturally diverse contexts. This course gives students an understanding of the key elements of an integrated public affairs function and its role in achieving the strategic objectives. For students of international relations and international business, whether they plan a future in business, government, or NGO, the course offers a fresh perspective and a practical approach to understanding real-world problems and managing the environment of a global organization.

SIS-619
032
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Understanding Conflict: Syria and Iraq

This course discusses the historical, political, social, and identity based foundations for the current conflicts in Syria and Iraq. It analyzes the main groups involved in these conflicts and their grievances. It also analyzes the rise of radical groups, such as ISIS, and the regional consequences of such radicalism. Finally, the course reviews regional and international attempts aiming at the peaceful resolution of the conflicts, and avenues for constructive U.S. engagement.

SIS-619
033
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

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.

SIS-619
034
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6)

Mediation in a Turbulent World

This course introduces students to mediation in local, national, regional and international conflicts, situates mediation in the larger peacebuilding context and examines benefits and challenges to mediation that arise from the contemporary conflict environment, including - on the challenges side - major power retrenchment, dissension in the UN Security Council, the rise of violent non-state actors and - on the more positive side - the growing engagement of regional organizations and civil society groups in third-party peacemaking as well as increasing interest in mediated settlements in local, national and regional conflicts around the world. The course connects theory to practice through discussion, research, small-group work, case study review of real events, and simulations.