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SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol Course Level: Graduate

Special Studies in International Politics (1-6) Topics vary by section. 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: fall, spring, and summer. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

SIS-619-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: State-Building
State-Building (3) This course examines the distinctive challenges of state-building in our time, and 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-619-002
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Disputes & Diplmcy: East Asia
Disputes and Diplomacy: Korea, Japan, and China (3) This course examines key territorial and historical disputes involving South Korea, Japan, and China. The focus is to think critically about the ongoing disputes in terms of identity, domestic politics, and regional security dynamics, as the course investigates these countries' past and current diplomatic efforts to resolve them. The topics include but are not limited to the disputes over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, the Dokdo/Takeshima islets, the so-called comfort women, the South China Sea, and the controversy over Koguryo/Gaogouli.
SIS-619-004
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: History of Global Politics
History of Global Politics (3) 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-619-005
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: History of Global Politics
History of Global Politics (3) 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-619-006
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Global Int'l Relations Theory
Global International Relations Theory (3) 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.
SIS-619-007
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Global Int'l Relations Theory
Global International Relations Theory (3) 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.
SIS-619-009
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Insurgency & Counterinsurgency
Insurgency and Counterinsurgency (3) 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-619-010
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Refugees, Migration & Traffick
Refugees, Migration, and Trafficking (3) 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
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Regional Govern in Asia/Europe
Regional Governance in Asia and Europe: ASEAN and the EU (3) This course compares and contrasts the evolution and nature of regional governance in Asia and Europe as manifested by the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU). From their inception, both ASEAN and the EU shared striking commonalities and differences in their respective modalities as regional organizations. Both have had notable success in safeguarding regional stability and preventing conflicts among member states and advancing regional growth through economic cooperation and integration. However, the ASEAN and EU regional modalities has been shaped by distinctive historical, political, socio-cultural, economic, and geo-strategic contexts in post-World War Two Europe and Southeast Asia. Despite EU's active encouragement of ASEAN to model itself on the EU, Asia's different historical contexts, highly diverse cultural landscapes and widely different political and economic systems have worked against the EU modality taking root in Asia.
SIS-619-012
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Corruption, Dirty Money & Dev
Corruption, Dirty Money, and Development (3) Corruption is a fact of life for most of the world's people. For the world's poorest, the so-called "bottom billion," corruption has devastating consequences on the quality of their lives: their health care, education, environment, and physical security. In addition, it is increasingly recognized that corruption is a major driver of violence and ethnic conflict, notably in countries afflicted by the resource curse. This course addresses the varied causes and impacts of corruption. It looks at how kleptocracies are formed and sustained, and how some governments are in effect criminal organizations masquerading as states. It also explores the role of "dirty money" that is, money that has been obtained through corrupt acts and laundered with the support of western banks and financial institutions, in promoting corruption and capital flight, thereby making stolen assets more difficult to detect, investigate, and return to a country's people. Finally, the course assesses efforts by civil society, development and donor agencies, and international financial institutions such as the World Bank to reduce corruption.
SIS-619-013
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Int'l Law & the Global Order
International Law and the Global Order (3) 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-619-014
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Conflict/Peacebldng in Africa
Conflict and Peacebuilding in Africa (3) This course is a historical and analytical overview of conflict and peacemaking in Africa. It examines key issues, cases, and theories that have shaped approaches to the study of drivers of conflict and peace systems in Africa. The course helps students delve deeper into the discourse on the causes of violent conflict and challenge of constructing appropriate frameworks for creating and sustaining peace on the African continent. Specific issues covered include the conflict and peace effects of Africa's colonial legacy, ethnopolitical group identity and competition, uneven post colonial state-building projects and inadequate state capacity, the role of external actors and partners, the impact of economic factors, environmental scarcity, and gender dimensions of conflict and peacemaking on the continent. The course also assesses, through case studies, the efficacy of various peacemaking tools and probe the utility of new ideas for building sustainable peace in Africa.
SIS-619-015
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Economics of Violence & Peace
Economics of Violence and Peace (3) 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-619-016
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Mediation in a Turbulent World
Mediation in a Turbulent World (3) 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.
SIS-619-018
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Peacebuilding in Divided Soc
Peacebuilding in Divided Society (3) 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
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Human Rights: Roosevelts-Trump
Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy: From the Roosevelts to Trump (3) Since Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt championed human rights in the 1940s, United States attention to human rights abuses has risen and waned. This course explores how concern for human rights has influenced United States foreign policy and how the geopolitical struggle of the Cold War and domestic politics shaped American concern for human rights internationally. It examines the challenges of combating terrorism and respecting human rights more recently, as well as contemporary struggles to balance morality and adherence to "American values" with the preservation of national security. The assigned readings and class discussions help students define human rights and assess the American commitment to protect those rights. Finally, students consider what Trump's America First policy means for human rights. To this end, they read important accounts by historians, political scientists, journalists, and human rights activists. The course promotes critical, analytical thinking about United States human rights policy and encourages students to develop their own interpretation of the evolution and significance of the American commitment to human rights in the postwar years.
SIS-619-020
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Empire: Past and Present
Empire: Past and Present (3) Having governed the world for millennia, the empire is still alive. This seminar examines historic and contemporary empires such as America, Britain, China, Japan, Rome, and Russia, with a focus on empires in Asia. It covers essential components of empire building, including: military expansion, indirect rule, unequal exchange, ideological hegemony, colonial policies, and ruling strategies. Even though most empires perished in the twentieth century, their political, economic, and cultural legacies persist in the post-colonial period. The course therefore provides empire as a useful perspective for understanding contemporary regional and global powers, which inherit, incorporate, and reinvent imperial institutions and strategies.
SIS-619-022
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: War & Peace in the Middle East
War and Peace in the Middle East (3) To imagine peace in the Middle East, we must first understand the causes of conflict in Syria and Iraq, Palestine, and Yemen. This course explains these conflicts by beginning at their deepest roots: the discovery of oil fields and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. Students gain new insight into how the Middle East became a node of global conflict in the twentieth century, as well as a solid grasp of causes and solutions of today's wars.
SIS-619-023
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: US-Iran Conf & Reconciliation
U.S.-Iran Conflict and Reconciliation (3) 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-619-001
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Environmental Peacemaking
Environmental Peacemaking (3) 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-619-003
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Human Rights and Conflict
Human Rights and Conflict (3) 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-619-004
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Toward a Peace Economy
Toward a Peace Economy (3) Peacebuilding cannot succeed without attending to the economic underpinnings of war. This course provides a foundational understanding of the United States' permanent war economy: its history; its anatomy; how it operates; and how it perpetuates itself. The course also examines the conditions necessary to weaken war's hold on the U.S. economy and U.S. foreign policy, with attention to past strategies from the Cold War, post-Cold War and post-9-11 periods.
SIS-619-005
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Peace Operations
Peace Operations (3) This course critically examines the political, security, and economic elements of peace operations. It explores the processes of authorization and force generation of peacekeeping missions, the nature of political missions, the relationship with counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, gender and sexual abuse, regional peace operations by the African Union and the EU, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, and issues of justice and the economy. Drawing on some cases in depth, including the African Union (AU) mission in Somalia, and the UN missions in South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Haiti, East Timor, and the Central African Republic, students gain an understanding of the why, what, and how of multilateral peace operations.
SIS-619-006
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Studies in Asymmetric Movement
Studies in Asymmetric Movements (3) 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-619-007
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Found of Global Governance
Foundations of Global Governance (3) 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.
SIS-619-008
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Corp Soc Respons in Glbl Cntxt
Corporate Social Responsibility in a Global Context (3) 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-619-009
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Foundations of Global Security
Foundations of Global Security (3) 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-619-010
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Foundations of Global Security
Foundations of Global Security (3) 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-619-011
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: NGOs in Global Governance
NGOs in Global Governance (3) This course critically examines 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 course, 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. The course includes the opportunity to be involved in an ongoing research project, a visit an NGO in Washington, DC, as well as guest speakers from NGOs.
SIS-619-012
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Migration and Security
Instructional Method: Online. Migration and Security (3) 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-619-013
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Transnationl Crime & Terrorism
Transnational Crime and Terrorism (3) 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-619-015
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Violent Non-State Actors
Violent Non-State Actors in Domestic Conflict: Security, Governance and International Politics (3) This seminar provides an in-depth treatment of the major scholarly works on civil war dynamics. Relying on a variety of methodological approaches, the course reviews the causes of conflict onset, how rebel organizations structure themselves and recruit members, the violent technologies insurgents deploy within domestic conflict, how pockets of governance and development can merge within state collapse, how insurgents engage in international politics: from lobbying the United Nations for international recognition to lobbying the U.S. Congress for military support, and what this actually means for civilians on the ground. The course draws from numerous contemporary and historical cases from across the globe, with emphasis on the Middle East. Students complete five policy memos, or develop a research design or write a research paper, and give an in-class briefing or research presentation.
SIS-619-016
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Peacebuilding Theory/Organiztn
Peacebuilding Theory and Organization (3) This course addresses the theory and organization of building peace in war-torn societies. It covers many of the core readings on peacebuilding. Students learn different conceptual approaches to peacebuilding and related concepts.
SIS-619-017
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Negotiation Analysis & Skills
Negotiation Analysis and Skills (3) 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.
SIS-619-018
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Gender, Peace and Security
Gender, Peace and Security (3) Women's right to participate in policy making on peace and security is a central need of the human race. Moreover, multiple forms of violence against women, from the home to the global system of militarism and sex trafficking, must be a central focus of national security. Militarized security depends on gender inequality, gender inequality is a form of structural violence, and war disproportionately impacts women. These reinforcing cycles of violence can be transformed with research, knowledge, mass participation, mobilization and skills. This course reconceptualizes international relations through a gender lens and "feminist curiosity".by studying gendered theories of power and nonviolent struggle, and exploring cutting-edge strategies for transforming cultural attitudes, norms, and institutions in order to build a more just, humane, and peaceful world order.
SIS-619-019
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Peacebuilding in Africa
Peacebuilding in Africa (3) 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.
SIS-619-020
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Economics of Violence & Peace
Economics of Violence and Peace (3) This course examines political economic issues concerning war and peace, including civil war, terrorism, and insurgency. Taking a broad view that 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-619-021
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Arab-Jewish Peacemaking
Arab-Jewish Peacemaking in Palestine: History and Lessons for the Future (3) This course examines four key moments in efforts to resolve the Arab-Jewish conflict in Palestine since 1917. Students explore how this history bears on prospects for peacemaking in the future.
SIS-619-022
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Youth and Conflict
Youth and Conflict (3) 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-619-023
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Human Rights in Middle East
Human Rights in the Middle East (3) 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 emancipatory promise in the Middle East and considering the future of human rights conditions, consciousness and advocacy in the region.
SIS-619-026
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Transforming Cultures of Cnflt
Transforming Cultures of Conflict (3) This course falls in the domain of advanced applied culture, peace and conflict resolution. It provides an overview of the cultures of conflict, and how exclusive social identity narratives impact seemingly intractable conflict processes. Students examine the cases of Colombia and Nepal among others, and learn about different tools that have helped transform erstwhile cultures of conflict in these societies. They develop individual cultural transformation toolkits for application to the frozen Kurdish conflict in Turkey.
SIS-619-027
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Nationalism and Identity
Nationalism and Identity (3) 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, the class looks 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.
SIS-619-028
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: International Security in Asia
Instructional Method: Online. International Security in Asia (3) 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-619-029
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Security and Insecurity
Security and Insecurity: Conflict and Politics in a Global Era (3) 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-619-030
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Comp Int'l Defense Policy
Comparative International Defense Policy (3) This course analyzes the defense policies of various countries and the impact of these policies including national security institutions and decision making, military strategy and doctrine, force structure and procurement priorities, and actual combat performance in war. Using a combination of historical and current case studies, students utilize a comparative analytical approach to examine the political, economic, cultural, strategic, and social influences on a nation's defense policy. A variety of countries are compared and contrasted, including the United States, several major NATO members, and select regional powers throughout the world. Students develop frameworks to critically analyze the defense policies of other countries as well as to articulate that analysis through verbal and written means.
SIS-619-031
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Dem Decay & Authoritarianism
Democratic Decay and Authoritarianism in the West (3) It is often assumed that once a country achieves a certain level of economic and political development, absent a cataclysmic event, democratic consolidation is permanent. However, recent trends in American and European politics call this into question. This course looks at the causes and consequences of the erosion of democracy, paying particular attention to both warning signs and effective resistance efforts.
SIS-619-032
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Human Security
Human Security (3) 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.
SIS-619-034
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Conf/Peacmkng Israel/Palestine
Conflict and Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine (3) This course examines four key moments in efforts to resolve the Arab-Jewish conflict in Palestine since 1917. Students explore how this history bears on prospects for peacemaking in the future.
SIS-619-035
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Foundations of Global Security
Foundations of Global Security (3) 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. Restriction: International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security (MA).
SIS-619-206
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Studies in Asymmetric Movement
Special Tuition Rate. Studies in Asymmetric Movements (3) 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online or International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-619 006.
SIS-619-219
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Peacebuilding in Africa
Special Tuition Rate. Peacebuilding in Africa (3) 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-619 019.
SIS-619-401
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Seminar in Int'l Affairs
Seminar in International Affairs (3) 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. Restriction: Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) Program.
SIS-619-407
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Found of Global Governance
Special Tuition Rate. Foundations of Global Governance (3) 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. Meets with SIS-619 007.
SIS-619-430
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Comp Int'l Defense Policy
Special Tuition Rate. Comparative International Defense Policy (3) This course analyzes the defense policies of various countries and the impact of these policies including national security institutions and decision making, military strategy and doctrine, force structure and procurement priorities, and actual combat performance in war. Using a combination of historical and current case studies, students utilize a comparative analytical approach to examine the political, economic, cultural, strategic, and social influences on a nation's defense policy. A variety of countries are compared and contrasted, including the United States, several major NATO members, and select regional powers throughout the world. Students develop frameworks to critically analyze the defense policies of other countries as well as to articulate that analysis through verbal and written means. Meets with SIS-619 030.
SIS-619-001
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Great Powers Politics
Great Powers Politics (3) 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. In the final section, the course discusses how great power discord comes about and the consequences of this discord for international security.
SIS-619-002
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: New Frontiers in Peacebuilding
New Frontiers in Peacebuilding (3) This course acquaints students with lead edge developments in peace and conflict resolution. Topics covered include neuroscience and peace; technology, social media, and peace; peace through commerce; complex systems dynamics and peacebuilding effectiveness; local agency and hybridity; and arts-based peacebuilding. The highly-interactive course includes professional skills building and presentations by experienced practitioners.
SIS-619-003
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Media & For Pol in Trump Era
Instructional Method: Online. Media and Foreign Policy in the Trump Era (3) The 21st century is simultaneously characterized by disruptive changes in new media and digital information technologies as well as disruptive shifts in foreign policies of nation states in an increasingly unstable international system. This course considers the roles social media and news media play in influencing new directions in foreign policy. This course examines rapid transformations in the way the media cover and report the world since the election of President Trump, the explosive effects in the digital sphere, and their combined interactions with the shaping and design of evolving forms of engagement and disengagement in foreign policy.
SIS-619-004
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: US Rel with Israel/Palestine
US Relations with Israel and Palestine (3) 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 United States 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-619-005
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Great Powers Politics
Great Powers Politics (3) 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. In the final section, the course discusses how great power discord comes about and the consequences of this discord for international security.