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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

SISU-463
Topics in Foreign Policy and National Security (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including U.S. defense politics, transnational security challenges, national security and proliferation, and critical global challenges. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-230.

SISU-463
004H
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Foreign Policy and National Security (3)

United States Foreign Policy toward Illicit Networks

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. Meets with SIS-653 010.

SISU-463
001H
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Foreign Policy and National Security (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. Meets with SIS-653 002.

SISU-463
002H
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Foreign Policy and National Security (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. Meets with SIS-653 007.

SISU-463
003H
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Foreign Policy and National Security (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. Meets with SIS-653 009.