Undergraduate Course Descriptions

IAFF 1001 First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience assists students in developing their personal, academic, and career goals. 

Registration is restricted to ESIA students only.

 

IAFF 1005 Introduction to International Affairs

This course provides an introduction to the main approaches to the study of international affairs as well as many of the main issues facing the world today. The course begins with an overview of the key concepts and theories that help us understand international issues. It then examines inter-state conflict and cooperation,

including the causes of inter-state war, the dynamics of arms racing and arms control, the challenges of crisis management, and current inter-state flashpoints. The final section of the course examines wide-ranging challenges, including globalization and the global economy, global poverty, climate change and environmental threats, human rights and gender equality, transnational actors, information technology and cyber-security, as well as efforts to promote international cooperation and action through international organizations.

Registration is restricted to ESIA students only.

 

IAFF 2190 Program Design in International Affairs

Designing a program and measuring its success form the foundation of all work performed in the international development and diplomacy arenas.  This course aims to provide students with the skills needed to design, implement, and evaluate an international affairs program.  Drawing from the Department of State and US Agency for International Development (USAID) requests for proposals (RFP), students will learn how to research the context of the program's proposed environment, create a theory of change and a logic model to describe their program, as well as how to link their program to the Strategic Plan of the relevant agency.  Students will also formulate a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan outlining measures and data collection tools to assess their program's performance.  The final deliverable will be a proposal in response to the RFP, with comments provided by the professor.

 

IAFF 2190W Politics and Culture in the Middle East

This course introduces students to major political and cultural events and trends in this diverse and complex region.  Thematic readings and case studies of regional states will focus on historical developments of the recent past to contextualize many present realities; examine sociological trends, with emphasis on identity, kinship, faith, and communal development; and explore colonial legacies, nationalism, modernization, and political change.  This class operates as a seminar and places considerable attention on the careful reading and creative interpretation of texts.  Attendance is mandatory, and active participation in discussions means critical thinking and not simply textual summaries.  This is an intense course with a heavy reading load, but for students truly interested in the region, the topics will be more than stimulating – and the outcome of the course rewarding.

 

IAFF 2190W North Africa & The World

This WID course provides area familiarization on North Africa (Al-Maghreb) with a focus on those issues that are most relevant to an understanding and analyzing a sub-region that has a potential to greatly impact U.S. national security interests.  The approach will emphasize the importance and cultural--political, economic, and social--dynamics of the countries in this subregion-- Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, and Egypt—thematically and comparatively.  Hence the heavy focus on comparative analysis.   The course is also divided into four blocks.  Each is arranged under separate topics and includes issues revolving around the region’s interaction with the outside world, its society and culture, areas of conflict and reconciliation, religion, gender, geo-strategic considerations, US Africa Command (U.S. policy and strategy), the Pan-Sahel CT Initiative, and many more. Most importantly, the course will focus on the current political ferment especially after the popular spring uprisings of  2011 and the current uncertainties as a result of persistent domestic, regional and international tensions.  In short, it will assess the nature and character as well as the challenges of nation-building following the revolutionary upheavals in modern North Africa today.

 

IAFF 2190W U.S.-Asia Critical Issues

This course assesses the relevant background, status and outlook of U.S. relations with and policy toward Asia. It treats such pertinent contemporary Asian issues as the Korean peninsula, the rise of China, Japan’s future, Taiwan, territorial disputes along the rim of eastern and southeastern Asia, crises and conflicts in South Asia, terrorism, economic globalization, energy security, climate change, and regional multilateralism. The issues are assessed with a focus on U.S. relations with large Asian powers—China, Japan, India and Russia.

 

IAFF 2094 Europe in Transition

This course provides students with an understanding of European domestic and foreign affairs in the current context of strategic power competition. The course offers analysis of key European actors and issues: Russian warfare in Europe, Brexit, France and Germany as European powers, the rise of national populism, threats to European democracy, climate change and energy security, issues of migration and identity, increasing divisions between Western and Eastern Europe, China, and the political effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the European Union’s and NATO’s role in an increasingly competitive and globalized environment? How did the Trump Administration impact Transatlantic relations and what can we expect for the West under the Biden Administration? In Europe today, what are the major issues of conflict and contention? Within the European Union, what are the competing visions? Students will leave the course possessing a broad comprehension of Europe’s most important domestic and foreign affairs.

 

IAFF 3181 Gender, Conflict, and Security

This course provides an introduction to understanding the gendered dimensions of security and conflict. The course will introduce students to how gender theory and perspectives may be applied to understanding issues of security and the dynamics of armed conflict and peacebuilding. The course will provide a grounding in selected thematic issues relevant to the study of gender, security, and conflict such as gendered frames for understanding militarism and combatancy, gender-based violence related to conflict and security, humanitarian response, and gendered approaches to understanding the aftermath of conflict, such as peacekeeping, peacemaking, and economic outcomes. The course is designed to combine theoretical and practice-based approaches to issues of gender, security, and conflict, drawing from interdisciplinary theoretical and policy resources, as well as case studies from differing situations of armed conflict globally. This course is a critical thinking course; you will be expected to build critical thinking and writing skills throughout the semester. Class meetings will be discussion-based rather than lecture-based.

 

IAFF 3180 Global Electricity Markets

This course teaches students about the structure and operation of the power grid and electricity markets. The class will discuss electric grid models, infrastructure, costs, operation, and environmental aspects of power technologies. Students will learn about electric energy, capacity, ancillary markets and how electricity is priced. The role of electric transmission and the challenges of integrating renewables and carbon pricing into the grid will also be covered. Retail electric utility regulation will also be covered along with buying and selling renewable power. Students will be able to explore their country or regional interests through a course paper.

 

IAFF 3180 Global Energy Security

This course will provide students with an understanding of major factors and policies involved in achieving energy security at country and regional level. The course uses energy security conceptual models to examine security frameworks of energy importing and exporting countries. Students will learn about the supply chains of crude oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, electric power, energy markets and physical/cyber threats that can affect a country’s energy security. The impacts of the U.S. Shale Oil and Gas Revolution, Covid-19 pandemic, OPEC+ and the Russian-Ukrainian War on energy security will be discussed throughout the semester. Students will be able to explore their country or regional interests through a course paper.

 

IAFF 3182 Contemporary Uses of Military Power

The course will examine how military power has been used successfully and unsuccessfully in the recent past, currently, and how it might be used in the future. The course’s case studies will include U.S. policy during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, the first and second Gulf Wars and Afghanistan. The course will also examine the current Russia-Ukraine War and possible future military contingencies, involving the Iranian nuclear program and China/Taiwan. The course would be useful for those interested in government service and in private sector work and non-governmental organizations that relate to the consideration of, and possible use of, military force. 

 

IAFF 3183 Globalization and Sustainable Development

Some questions addressed in this course include: What is globalization? What is sustainable development?  What does the history of humankind teach us about our use or misuse of natural resources, including water resources? What is the nexus between globalization and sound natural resource management? How is climate change affecting sustainable development and what are we doing about it? What drives the relentless process of globalization and how does this process in turn affect economic development, poverty and sustainability? The overall goal is to understand key concepts (e.g. carrying capacity and others) related to natural resource management as well as the linkages between globalization and sustainable development.

 

IAFF 3186 US - China Relations

This course focuses on the areas of convergence and the areas of divergence between the governments and peoples of China and the United States. It assesses the historical roots of issues of cooperation and contention between the two nations, examines the contemporary strengths and weaknesses of issues of cooperation and contention and their broader significance in determining overall Sino-American relations, and discerns likely prospects for China-U.S. relations and their international implications. 

 

IAFF 3186 Indo-Pacific Security Challenges

To quote one scholar, the Indo-Pacific is not an intellectual confection made in Washington and foisted on an unreceptive Asia.  This course examines the contemporary challenges affecting the Indo-Pacific region and proceeds geographically—from Northeast Asia (China, Japan, and the Koreas) to Southeast Asia/Oceania and then west to the South Asian subcontinent (India and Pakistan).  Students concentrate on relevant political, economic, military, and non-traditional issues that influence current events and relations among the Indo-Pacific states.  Writing assignments include utilization of common diplomatic communications tools—for example, a “scene-setter memo” identifying key issues/discussion points for a visit by a senior official to an Indo-Pacific country and an urgent diplomatic demarche prepared for delivery to host country officials to resolve a pressing bilateral irritant.   Readings include an assigned text and multiple journal articles of recent vintage.  Guest lecturers will assist students in critically assessing the roles of key regional players and understanding some of the region’s most persistent territorial disputes. 

 

 

IAFF 3186 Women in Asia

This course examines the social, cultural, political, and economic roles of women in Asia in a comparative context, both in terms of historical development (from the mid-19th century to the present) and within different Asian societies. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the class will investigate the place of women in the family and in society, their relationships with one another and with men, and their relationship to politics and the state. By doing so, it will seek to identify major social and institutional constraints on Asian women for expanding their role in their respective societies and to explore both ideas and specific measures to narrow the existing gender gaps in these societies. Emphasis will be placed on China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, but other countries in Southeast and South Asia will also be examined.

 

IAFF 3186 Economic Development of East Asia

This course will use analytical and empirical tools from economics to address a range of questions about developing East Asia – China and the emerging economies of Southeast Asia. How does their development record -- in terms of income growth, equity, and sustainability – compare to that of developing countries elsewhere? What has underpinned their success in raising living standards and improving a range of development outcomes? What are the main challenges they now confront in sustaining their success, including in the face of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic? What should their priorities be for policy and institutional reform to address these development challenges?

 

IAFF 3186 International Relations of South Asia

This course will introduce you to the region of South Asia and its importance in international affairs, as a distinctive and dynamic region that is still deeply divided and facing multiple internal and external conflicts.

 

IAFF 3186 Christianity and Islam in East Asia

This course is a general introduction to the historical development and contemporary state of Christianity and Islam in China, Korea and Japan. It discusses how the East Asian experiences with these two religions have contributed to new understandings of secularism and modernity, ethnicity and nation-state, and the complex relationship between religion and global politics. No prerequisite. All readings will be in English. 

 

IAFF 3187 Security in the Americas

This course will explore the rapidly changing, often confusing panorama of contemporary defense, civil-military relations, and citizen security in Latin America and the Caribbean. Students will consider frames that have guided security policies from the late Cold War to the present, with most emphasis on recent years. These include great-power competition, counter-terrorism, counter-drug and counter-organized crime policies, “ungoverned spaces,” and emerging concerns about climate, migration, and corruption. Students will consider these frames amid the present backdrop of expanding authoritarian populism, rising social protest, politicization and blurring of military and police roles, and a decline in U.S. engagement. The course will explore security models and experiences, from “Plan Colombia” and ”mano dura” strategies to those coming from civil society and the Inter-American human rights system, some of which take an expansive view of the “security sector” and its reform.

 

IAFF 3187 Feminist Movements in Latin America

This course examines feminist movements in Latin America, focusing on topics that provide an intellectual narrative to the construction of gender in Latin America. Organized within an intersectional and interdisciplinary framework, we will built upon an introduction to gender analysis, and use it to discuss topics such as the political participation of women; feminicide/femicide; reproductive rights; ethics of care and domestic labor; and queer rights.

 

IAFF 3187 Mexico Since Independence 

The purpose of this course is to survey the economic, social, political and cultural development of Mexico in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including problems of economic development, poverty and inequality; different forms of social movements, rebellion and revolution; race, gender and ethnicity; U.S.-Mexico relations; and literary and intellectual movements.

 

IAFF 3188 American Policy in the Middle East

Americans, and the American government, are thoroughly sick of the Middle East. Iraq, Afghanistan, the wearisome Arab-Israeli peace process, and the perception of numerous American policy failures, all have led successive US administrations to the conclusion that America should pare its involvement in the region and focus its attention elsewhere. Should we?

The so-called Pax Americana has largely kept order in the region for seven decades, and has been considered a vital US interest. Left unattended, the region has a way of drawing America back in. It’s undoubtedly an arena of competing interests involving the United States, Russia and China, which increasingly bears implications for US global policy. Students will study the history of and rationale for US engagement in the region; we will have active class discussions on current developments, debate opposing views, and hold a simulation that will pull these strands together in a policymaking exercise with real-world implications. At the end of the course, you’ll know what the US is doing there and why it matters.

 

IAFF 3189 Security Challenges in Africa

This course introduces students to Africa's current and emerging security threats; architecture of international security as practiced by a diverse range of actors on the continent; and the policy implications thereof. It will enable students to understand, analyze, and effectively communicate the key security issues and dilemmas facing African countries and sharpen their abilities to transform academic research into the policy and practitioner realm. The course and discussions focus on the political, economic, social and environmental contexts in which threats arise, and the local, regional and international factors that fuel them. In doing so, the course examines the roles external actors, including the United States, play in these challenges, and what regional cooperation looks like in the face of issues including: climate change, maritime conflict, the threat of violent extremism, and other transnational and criminal threats. The course connects theories of international security to empirical realities using policy analysis, mixed-methods data, case studies, and ethnographies of current conflicts. It will be of use to anyone preparing for a career in or with an interest in evolving peace, security, and stability on the continent.

 

IAFF 3190 Refugee and Migrant Crisis

An unprecedented number of people -- 65 million -- are displaced in the world today. How did this happen and what can be done about it? The course will first examine the refugee regime in historical perspective. Where exactly do most migrants and refugees come from? Who bears the burden of protecting them? When have levels of displacement spiked in the past? And how have states and international organizations responded to past crises? After situating today's refugee and migrant crisis in historical context, the course will focus on the response to refugees and migrants from key actors like the UN, NGOs, and state governments. What are their mandates and how do they assist people on the move? Are their tools and approaches fit to purpose for the displacement crises today? Under what conditions do these institutions succeed, and what challenges do they face along the way? What are their greatest unintended effects? This section of the class will focus on organizational theory and the role of institutions in the refugee and migrant crisis.

 

IAFF 3190 Holocaust Memory

The sources, construction, development, nature, uses and misuses of the memory, or public consciousness, of the Holocaust. How different publics in different countries, cultures and societies know, or think they know, about the Holocaust from diaries, memoirs, testimonies, fiction, documentaries, television, commercial films, memorials, museums, the Internet, educational programs and the statements of world leaders—some of them historically accurate and some of them highly distorted. The challenge of representing the Holocaust with fidelity and memorializing its victims with dignity and authenticity. The impact of Holocaust memory on contemporary responses to other genocides and to crimes against humanity. The effectiveness—or lack of effectiveness--of Holocaust memory in teaching the Holocaust’s contemporary “lessons,” especially “Never again!”

 

IAFF 3190 Law and Diplomacy

This course develops an understanding of the sources of law that comprise American diplomacy and foreign policy, scope and limitations, how diplomacy relates to other instruments of national power, and the legal parameters under which diplomats operate. It also explains the interaction of international law within the US domestic legal framework. The focus of this course begins with the legal authority under which US foreign policy goals are achieved within a domestic legal framework. The second third of the course discusses  the practitioner’s viewpoint and examines the intersection of law, diplomacy, and policy in the enactment of national and foreign policy objectives. The last third of the course will discuss the role and function of international organizations, the application of international treaties within US’ legal regimes, and the future of American diplomacy in a multiplex world.

 

IAFF 3190 Space Policy

This course is an examination of the origins, evolution, current status, and future prospects of U.S. space policies and programs. It will cover the U.S. government’s civilian, military, and national security space programs and the space activities of the U.S. private sector, and the interactions among these four sectors of U.S. space activity. This examination will be cast in the context of the space activities of other countries, and of international cooperation and competition in space. The goal of the course is to give the student an exposure to the policy debates and decisions that have shaped U.S. efforts in space to date, and to the policy issues that must be addressed in order to determine the future goals, content, pace, and organization of U.S. space activities, both public and private.

 

IAFF 3190 Climate Change and Social Change

While the earth's natural systems are being transformed by climate change, movements for social change in the areas of equity, justice, and environmental relations are expanding across the globe. This course prepares students to understand and engage with crucial issues at the intersection of these two trends through analysis of current events and literature from both the physical and social sciences. Students will apply what they learn in class to carry out a research project on a social issue related to climate change of their choice.

 

IAFF 3190W Democracy, Human Rights, and the Arab Spring

The “Arab Spring”— a moment of hope and inspiration for millions across the Arab world and beyond—has failed. Or has it? True, the last vestige of hope is fading in Tunisia, the first Arab state to turn to democracy, as it is plunged once again into autocratic rule. It's easy to conclude that the political protest movements that swept the Middle East beginning in 2011 were an ephemeral moment in time. But chords have been struck that continue to reverberate today. We consider the rise, downfall, resurgence, and future of movements for freedom and representative government, the basic demands of the Arab Spring, with a special focus on the US policy response and lessons for those who might deal with these issues in a future foreign affairs career.

The course emphasizes the various types of writing required in an international affairs career, including an op-ed format, State Department-style after-action and information memoranda, and a final research paper. Collaborative writing techniques and oral feedback will be incorporated into written work, just as it is government. Oral presentations and persuasive argumentation will be a key component as student groups’ findings are subject to critique in class discussions.

 

IAFF 3190W Masculinities in International Affairs

 

IAFF 3191W Populism and Regime Change in Latin America

Populism continues to be a recurring phenomenon throughout Latin America. Globalization, neo-liberalism and democratization, while improving conditions in many countries, have been less successful in others or failed to meet rising expectations for progress. That has left an opening for populism to emerge. The course is divided into five clusters. First, we establish a theoretical framework for thinking about classical and contemporary examples of populism. Second, we analyze the paradigmatic cases of Latin American populism in the twentieth century (Perón and Vargas in Argentina and Brazil, respectively 1930-1960). Third, we examine “neo-populism” in the 1990s and Leftwing rentier populism in the 21st century. Fourth, we examine examples of populism going global in advanced industrial states, including the United States. Fifth, we conclude by examining the legacies, futures, and institutionalization puzzles that surround populism in Latin America.

 

IAFF 3193W ESIA Dean's Scholars Seminar

 

IAFF 3196 - Internship Professional Development Seminar

The purpose of this course is to help you maximize what you gain both experientially and intellectually from your internship. Our explicit focus is on your professional development and increasing your career opportunities through strengthening your leadership capacities and other professional competencies. Reflection on your internship experiences will be integral to this process. A fundamental assumption for this course is that to be an effective international affairs practitioner, you will also need to look inward, and critically interrogate your vocation to work in international affairs so that, through this self-awareness, you will improve your efficacy in making a positive impact in the world. Moreover, we will also consider our relationships with individuals with whom we work, and enhance concrete skills that strengthen our abilities to collaborate with others. The course is structured around these key topics and how your internship experience informs and is informed by them. With a unique design of academic, mentorship, and professional components, this course seeks to offer you plenty of opportunities to integrate the knowledge and skills you gain from your internship with course content. The class helps you to define goals, discover your own strengths, and form a vision for your career – a successful career that will build upon your internship experience. NOTE: Your internship must be 1) directly and clearly related to international affairs and 2) a minimum of 15 hrs/wk and at least 180 hours total over the course of the semester in which you are enrolled in this course.

Departmental approval is required to register. To register for this course, email Elizabeth Boesen at [email protected].

 

IAFF 3210W Migration, Gender, and International Development

The relationship between migration and international development can be both positive and negative for the migrants and nations involved. Well-established scholarship about the topic has long explored how migrant workforces affect household, community, national, and international socioeconomic systems. More recent research also shows how gender and related aspects of socioeconomic inequality are part of migration and development.

Particularly during the last two decades, research has come to address how relations of gendered and other aspects of disparity can affect decisions of whether to migrate, which household members do so, migration flow patterns, and migrant experiences. Studies also examine how these relations engage with development: it is known that migration occurs in response to socioeconomic opportunity as well as to hardship, crisis, or need yet it remains in debate whether and which migrants might benefit.

Students in this course will learn to effectively synthesize and discuss questions about scholarship on migration, international development, and gender and other aspects of inequality. Students will critically examine and effectively communicate published research on migration, development, and gender and the policies and programs that operate in response.

 

IAFF 3501 International Development Theory, Policy, and Practice

This course will critically examine the history, theories, policies, and practices of development from an anthropological perspective. The course will analyze some of the fundamental assumptions that have informed the emergence of development, and its practices, including how the recipients of development are constituted, how development “problems” are constructed, and how different development paradigms have influenced the role of the state (either increasing it or reducing it) in implementing development.

The first part of the course will review the history of development since the end of World War II to current times, critically examining the various theories and paradigms that shaped development practices and targets. The second part will be more focused in specific cases which will highlight the most important issues and features of development interventions, such as global health, the environment and climate change, war and post-conflict, democracy and human rights, or gender.

The aim of this course is not to mobilize students “for” or “against” any form of development, nor is it to prepare students to do development work. Rather, the main goal of this course is to critically engage with the multiplicity of effects generated by development as policy and practice.

 

IAFF 3513 Human Rights and Ethics

 

IAFF 4191W Research Seminar: International Conflict and Contentious Politics

IAFF 3172 Conflict and Conflict Resolution

This course is designed to familiarize students with the interdisciplinary field of conflict analysis and resolution, providing an overview of core concepts of contemporary theory and practice. The course will examine frameworks for analyzing the origins and processes of social conflict, and leading practical approaches to the conduct and evaluation of conflict resolution interventions. Our study will focus on intergroup and international levels of analysis, highlighting collective struggles over ideology and power, sovereignty and self-determination, while highlighting the roles of culture, identity, power, relational dynamics and social structure. The first half of the course emphasizes conflict analysis; the second half emphasizes approaches to conflict resolution.

 

IAFF 3187 Racial & Ethnic Politics in Latin America

This course explores the changing and complex interactions between racial and ethnic politics and hegemonic power in Latin America. It begins with a historic background and it asks questions such as: what are the strengths, weaknesses, and strategies of afro-descendent and ethnic social movements? Why do they succeed or fail? Why are they strong or weak in different countries? Why do we have successful indigenous political parties in Bolivia and Ecuador but not in Peru and Guatemala, nor successful black movements in Colombia and Brazil?

By examining questions such as these, located at the intersection of ethnic and racial movements and social and political power, the course aims not only at explaining the nature of the link but also at addressing the question of what type of activism and legal-institutional changes are more likely to advance the cause of diversity and inclusion in Latin America.

 

IAFF 3188 Sharia and State in Egypt

The course would consider the interaction of the structures of a modern state with the Islamic legal heritage: How does a complex state with an array of bureaucratic and legal structures to cover education, resource allocation, criminal law, family life, etc--but also a state that proclaims Islam the official religion and the principles of the Islamic sharia as the main source of legislation--handle religion? The course would examine the questions raised comparatively and then focus specifically on the Egyptian experience. Parts would be conducted in conjunction with a similar class at AUC through teleconferencing and zoom.  Joint parts would involve small group interaction, including a week-long simulation at the end in which students from the two institutions form teams to draft suggested reforms to Egypt's family law, the area where the most contentious debates about religion and state focus.  

1001 First Year Experience

First-Year Experience assists students in developing their personal, academic, and career goals. Restricted to students in the Elliott School.

Restricted to students in the Elliott School.

 

1005 Introduction to International Affairs

This course introduces students to prominent analytical frameworks that help to explain important issues in international politics. The course is divided into three sections: international order, security challenges, and political economy.

Restricted to students in the Elliott School.

 

2040 Career Management & Strategy for IA

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts of career development and the job search, including self-assessment, career decision-making, career exploration, and the employability skills to pursue, obtain and succeed in jobs and careers of their choice.

Restricted to ESIA sophomores, juniors, and seniors only. 1.0 Credit. Pass/No Pass. Elective credit only.

 

2040 Global Insights

Restricted to those that are in the Global Bachelor's Program.  Department approval required to register.

 

2040 Global Inquiries

Restricted to those that are in the Global Bachelor's Program. Department approval required to register.

 

2090 Latin America: Problems & Promise

This course introduces students to Latin America, a region of the world that has served as a virtual laboratory of capitalism and democracy over the last century. This course is designed to introduce undergraduates to the diverse, rich, and complex history, politics, economy, culture, and society of Latin America. However, emphasis will be placed on political and economic issues, given their fundamental importance to regional trends over the last several decades. Notably, students will complement readings with other learning tools, such as media and film, which will help them better understand the region.

Approved for: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Latin America (ERCD); Latin America: Regional Foundation (ERFB)

 

2091 East Asia Past & Present

East Asia has undergone dramatic changes since the end of World War II: political independence for a number of the states, rapid economic development for some countries, and social and political transformation. This course will examine these transformations in both national and regional contexts, with a focus on China, Japan, Korea, and selected countries of Southeast Asia.

Approved for: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Asia (ERCB); Asia Regional Foundation (ERFC)

 

2093 Africa Problems & Prospects

This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the problems and prospects of contemporary Africa.  It focuses on topics and issues rather than countries and regions.  Following a brief background of Africa’s geography and history, it treats topically subjects such as, politics, economics, development, health, education, international relations, conflict, terrorism, HIV/AIDS, ethnicity, refugees, human rights, and religion.

Approved for: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Africa Regional Foundation (ERFA); Africa (ERCA)

 

2094 Europe in Transition

This course provides students with an understanding of European domestic and foreign affairs in the current context of great power competition. The course offers analysis of key European actors and issues: Brexit, France and Germany as European powers, the rise of national populism, threats to European democracy, climate change and energy security, issues of migration and identity, increasing divisions between Western and Eastern Europe, Russia’s hybrid warfare in Europe, China, and the political effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the European Union’s and NATO’s role in an increasingly competitive and globalized environment? How did the Trump Administration impact Transatlantic relations and what can we expect for the West under the Biden Administration? In Europe today, what are the major issues of contention? Within the European Union, what are the competing visions? Students will leave the course possessing a broad comprehension of Europe’s most important domestic and foreign affairs.

Approved for: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Europe & Eurasia Regional Foundation (ERFD); Europe & Eurasia (ERCC)

 

2095 The Middle East in International Affairs

This is an introductory course on Middle Eastern society and politics in the current world. It focuses on issues of political change, religion, conflict, and culture and is designed to help students develop an understanding of the ways in which social and political dynamics in the Middle East affect and are shaped by international affairs at the global level.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Security Policy (EFCI); Middle East (ERCE); Middle East Regional Foundations (ERFE)

 

2101 International Affairs Research Methods

This course covers basic research methods and methodologies that undergird international relations scholarship, as well as the ontological and epistemological assumptions particular to the research traditions explored.  Students are exposed not only to general research platforms, such as regression and case-study analyses, but also to the more specific research tools that accompany ethnography, discourse and survey analyses. A portion of class time is devoted to gaining familiarity with research resources available both online and at sites in the Washington area, providing students with the means to initiate their own original research in the field of international relations.

Approved for: Research Methods (ESRM)

 

2101 IA Research Methods- Qualitative

This course is designed to introduce to students qualitative research methods. Students will learn about the nature and application of qualitative research. It includes a thorough discussion of qualitative research design and the role of concepts and theory in guiding research design. The course will train students in conceptualization, formulation of problem statements and research questions, data collection, and data analysis. The class begins with research problems, questions and designs followed by introduction to four types of qualitative research: ethnography, grounded theory, case study, phenomenology. The course will be a merge of theories and practice including lectures, group discussion, presentations, and research exercises. Students will be assigned a pilot research study as a part of the course requirement to be a means of practicing the concepts and research skills they learn throughout the course.

Approved for: Research Methods (ESRM)

 

2190W Arab Politics

Arab Politics asks students to rethink many aspects of comparative politics of the Arab Middle East (and its neighbors) that they have perhaps previously viewed as static or dull. The course makes use of readings geared to certain special topics in the region's politics and will build on students' exposure to more rudimentary materials utilized in introductory politics and regional studies courses. Also, exposure to pressing questions and various theoretical approaches involved in the study of politics in the Arab Middle East will give students the ability to contextualize popular press and other materials related to the region.

Approved for: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Middle East (ERCE); Middle East Regional Foundation (ERFE); Security Policy (EFCI)

            

2190W Turkey and Its Neighbors

This course focuses on modern Turkey and its current relationship to the Caucasus, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, the European Union, and Central Asia. It will cover Turkish domestic and foreign policy with a particular focus on Turkey’s rapidly changing relations with the Middle East, Europe and the United States. It reinforces ideas and concepts that impact on Turkey's domestic, regional, and international dynamics. The course will also make a special effort to analyze the driving factors behind Turkey’s new interest in the Middle East. In what represents a remarkable departure from its policy of non-involvement, Turkey is once again becoming an important regional player in the Middle East. The first part of the course will broadly cover Turkey’s domestic dynamic and The second part of the course will mainly focus on Turkey’s changing external environment.

Approved for: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Middle East (ERCE); Security Policy (EFCI)

      

2190W Terrorism & Counterterrorism Policy

The course will provide an introduction to the topic of terrorism as a major question for US foreign policy. The class will examine the evolution of modern terrorism as a threat to the United States, and the nature of U.S. policy responses to it. After evaluating the events leading to the 9/11 attacks and the US government response, the focus of the class will be on a series of discrete policy problems in the world of counterterrorism response, including: Countering the narrative of violent extremism; problems of effective organization in the intelligence community; the use of drones; countering terrorist finance; countering terrorism travel; the protection of privacy and civil liberties; dealing with past abuses relating to rendition, detentions and interrogations;  the future of Afghanistan post-withdrawal of US and allied forces; and the threat from ISIS. There will be a heavy emphasis on writing.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

2444 International Law

 This course will cover the fundamental underpinnings of international law, with a focus on Public International Law, and address specialized topics ranging from environmental law to the law of war. At the end of the course, students should be conversant with the international legal order and have a strong understanding of the law’s applicability to international issues. Among the many purposes of the course, the following are the most prominent: (i) to introduce students to international law and the role that it plays in international affairs; and (ii) to develop and strengthen students' analytical and communication skills through discussion and writing.

Equivalent to PSC 2444.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Int’l/Comparative Politics Adv. Fund. (ESIP); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3172 Conflict and Conflict Resolution

This course is designed to familiarize students with the interdisciplinary field of conflict analysis and resolution, providing an overview of core concepts of contemporary theory and practice. The course will examine frameworks for analyzing the origins and processes of social conflict, and leading practical approaches to the conduct and evaluation of conflict resolution interventions. Our study will focus on intergroup and international levels of analysis, highlighting collective struggles over ideology and power, sovereignty and self-determination, while highlighting the roles of culture, identity, power, relational dynamics and social structure. The first half of the course emphasizes conflict analysis; the second half emphasizes approaches to conflict resolution.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3179 Space in International Affairs

This course will address international space policy issues facing the United States and places them in the larger context of technological advances and a changing international strategic environment. The course will briefly examine the technical, historical and policy foundations for U.S. and international space programs and activities. It will then address current issues facing U.S. space policy. The challenges and opportunities of international space cooperation, along with the evolving and complex space security context, will be examined for their implications for a range of national interests.

Approved for: Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3180 Space Power in Global Affairs

This course will address international space policy issues facing the United States and places them in the larger context of technological advances and a changing international strategic environment.  The course will briefly examine the technical, historical and policy foundations for U.S. and international space programs and activities.  It will then address current issues facing U.S. space programs as a result of globalization (more state actors in space) and democratization (more non-government actors in space).  The course will also address strategic choices facing other nations in space activities, including cooperation and competition among U.S., European, Chinese, and Russian space capabilities, and developing indigenous space programs.  Conflicts over dual-use technologies, such as space launch, remote sensing, satellite navigation, and communications, will be examined for their impacts on a wide range of national interests.

Approved for: Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3180 Air Power and International Politics

This course is an introduction to the use of Airpower as an element of national power.  Starting with the original air power theorists, the course walks through significant milestones in the evolution in airpower theory, the use of airpower both for war and events short of war, air power's contribution to nuclear deterrence during the cold war and today, airpower as a diplomatic and humanitarian tool, and finishes with a review of the airpower debates occurring today.  Students will complete the course with an understanding of the implications of Airpower for a nation's ability to deter, coerce, or compel.

Approved for: Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3180 Globalization and National Security

This course examines the phenomenon of globalization, its drivers, and its implications on U.S. national security in the 21st century. Globalization has revolutionized and accelerated the way goods, services, information, and ideas are sourced, produced, delivered, and circulated worldwide.  This course analyzes the different socio-economic drivers of globalization and concludes with an evaluation of national and international strategies to address the national security challenges posed by globalization.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Int’l Environmental Studies (EFCG); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3180 Global Energy Markets

This course will cover global energy markets and how they influence international affairs and related energy and environmental policy development, infrastructure investments and global energy security. Each of the physical and financial markets of petroleum, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, coal, nuclear power, renewables and electricity will be covered. Emphasis will be on European, Russian, Middle East, Asian, South American and North American markets. Students will learn about the supply chains of each energy resource and how each commodity is priced. The course will then cover global trading hubs for energy derivatives (futures, swaps and options) used to hedge energy price volatility in specific regions and markets. The role of energy derivatives in price formation of oil, natural gas, coal and electricity and how they affect infrastructure investment and international affairs. The course is aimed at students interested in an overall understanding of global energy markets and students pursuing regional studies. Students can pursue regional interests through projects. Contemporary examples will be used extensively in this class.

Approved for: Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Int’l Environmental Studies (EFCG); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

IAFF 3180 Gender, Conflict & Security

This course provides an introduction to understanding the gendered dimensions of armed conflict and security. The course will provide a grounding in selected thematic issues relevant to the study of gender, conflict and security such as gendered frames for understanding militarism and combatancy, gender-based violence related to conflict, peacekeeping and humanitarian response and gendered approaches to understanding the aftermath of conflict, such as transitional justice measures. The course is designed to combine theoretical and practice-based approaches to issues of gender, conflict and security, drawing from interdisciplinary theoretical and policy resources, as well as case studies from differing situations of armed conflict globally. Classes are discussion-based and interactive, and students are expected to fully engage actively in discussion and debate.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3180W Security Policy & Qualitative Analysis

This course will develop and enhance your research, analytical, and writing skills by covering the essential steps of research design, research planning, and research implementation. Students will pick an issue in international politics and/or security policy and will have an opportunity to write an original paper that can contribute to contemporary foreign and security policy debates. Focusing on the use of qualitative data and analysis, the course will encompass the systematic use of causal framing, process tracing, and path dependence methodologies in policy investigation and assessment.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Int’l & Comp. Politics Advanced Fundamental (ESIP); Security Policy (EFCI); Research Methods (ESRM)

 

3181 Israeli-Palestinian Peacebuilding

Why does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict persist, after decades of determined peace efforts by heads of state, social movements, civil society organizations and ordinary citizens? What strategies can be effective in future attempts to resolve this intractable diplomatic problem? This course provides a historical and theoretical overview of Palestinian/Israeli peace and conflict resolution efforts at all levels - state, civil society, and grassroots. Drawing on leading frameworks for Conflict Resolution theory and practice, the course will examine a range of cross-conflict peace initiatives, including official and unofficial negotiations, political campaigns, social movements, interfaith and intergroup dialogue, peace education, media, human rights advocacy and nonviolent direct action. Students will be challenged to understand peace and conflict resolution initiatives in their complex historical, political, social and theoretical contexts, and to assess the contributions of these initiatives to any potential future resolution. Course materials will include film, literature, media, and online resources as well as conversations with practitioners and scholars of the field.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Middle East (ERCE); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3182 China’s Rise and Implications

The course assesses the political, economic, social, military and foreign policy priorities of China’s leaders. It focuses on the period following Mao Zedong (d. 1976), and examines the political, economic, social, military and foreign policy changes and reforms that have made China a great power in Asian and world affairs. It assesses the implications of these developments for China and its neighbors and other concerned powers, U.S. relations with China and U.S. interests in Asian and world affairs. At the end of the course, students should be able to explain and analyze a wide range of salient security, political, economic and social issues in contemporary China and in China’s foreign relations.

Approved for: Asia (ERCB); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3183 Human Trafficking

This class will introduce students to the complex global phenomenon of human trafficking. In this class, we will discuss trafficking in human beings in its historical, legal, economic, political and social contexts, identifying the scope of the global problem, different forms of human trafficking, regional trends and practices. We will discuss the complexity of human trafficking in order to understand root causes in a globalized world as well as the relationship between supply and demand in diverse forms of trafficking. We will examine the roles of government, specifically federal law enforcement, the international community, civil society, the media and individual actors in addressing the problem and will conclude with strategies that have proven effective in different parts of the world.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC); Global Public Health (EFCD); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3183 Int’l Energy & Environmental Regulations

This course will focus on the development and implementation of energy and environmental regulations and deregulation and how they affect international affairs.  This course will discuss regulations and deregulation of petroleum, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, coal, nuclear power and electricity of various countries and regions.  Students will learn about how the European Union and member states, Canada, Mexico, South America, Asia and North America regulate the extraction of energy fuels, processing and refining and transmission of fuels to customers. The course will compare the various approaches used to regulate electricity generation, storage, transmission and distribution in various countries and regions. The course will also discuss the growing conflicts between energy and environmental regulations that are used to protect air, water, coastal resources, cultural and socioeconomic resources and discuss the capacity of government institutions to adequately regulate energy infrastructure and protect the environment. The course is aimed at students interested in an overall understanding of global energy regulation and can be aimed at student pursuing regional studies. Students can pursue regional interests through projects. Contemporary examples will be used extensively in this class.

Approved for: Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Int’l Environ. Studies (EFCG); Int’l Politics (EFCH)

 

3184 Rising Market Powers & 21st Century Globalization

This course introduces undergraduate and graduate students to the political economy of policymaking at the intersection of global markets and foreign affairs. The majority of economic growth is now occurring in countries that are not historically wealthy high-income democracies, and where many of the textbook assumptions regarding how markets function often do not hold. Focusing on rising market powers, including China, Brazil, India, and Russia, the course examines how their unique approaches to global markets and economic governance will shape the global geopolitical competitive landscape moving forward. By surveying historic waves of globalization and development strategies, this course will offer students the tools to evaluate how states influence market dynamics, industrialization, and globalization in the contemporary world. The goal of this class is to make students conversant in the dominant themes of modern political economy, preparing them to do original research and analysis in the development subfield. It will also provide students with a substantive knowledge of the history of economic development, including a contextual knowledge for the role of institutions, ideas, and political leaders in forging national economic policies in a financially and commercially interdependent world.

Restricted to juniors and seniors.

Prerequisites: ECON 1011 & ECON 1012, or PSC 2439.

Approved for:  Int’l Politics (EFCH); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Economics (EFCF);

 

3185 EU and Russia

Russia’s annexation of Crimea, its role in the Donbas conflict, and its involvement in Syria have tested the European Union’s ability to act as a coherent and effective security actor. If it is true that Putin’s Russia threatens the Western-led liberal order, the Kremlin in so doing fundamentally endangers the European project, just as the latter also finds itself unsettled by the prospect of Brexit. In Ukraine and Syria, the underpinnings of the EU’s strategic outlook have been challenged; indeed, some argue that basic flaws in the EU’s foreign policy triggered the two crises in the first place. “Civilian power Europe”, the EU’s hesitant Security and Defense Policy, and its “Neighborhood Policy” (specifically the “Eastern Partnership”) now confront the specter of a “multipolar Europe”; of so-called hybrid threats; and of deliberate attempts to weaken democratic compacts. In addition, Donald Trump’s election puts in doubt Europe’s ability to act as part of a cohesive “West” (including by way of NATO) in a supposed “post-American world”. Lastly, recent elections such as in France and Germany suggest that the current features of the EU’s response to the Russian challenge might soon be revised. In the end, the EU’s Russia policy is a litmus test of tectonic changes that will fundamentally redefine the nature of global power, the landscape of threats, and the values that underpin international security in the 21st century.

Approved for: Europe & Eurasia Regional Foundation (ERFD); Europe & Eurasia (ERCC); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3185 Ukraine & Georgia between Russia & the West

The current Russo‐Ukrainian crisis has regional and global ramifications, as did the 2008 Russo‐Georgian War. The course examines these conflicts and places them in the wider context of Russian‐Western relations, relations between Russia and its neighbors, and the relations between the West and Ukraine and Georgia. The policies of the relevant parties are analyzed against the backdrop of processes and issues such as NATO and EU enlargement, the “post‐Soviet” countries’ aspirations to define their national identities and roles in a wider European security order, Russia’s changing foreign policy, energy security, and domestic politics. The course combines a historical perspective with application of International Relations theory on issues such as national security decision making.

Cross-listed with graduate course. Restricted to juniors & seniors.

Approved for: Europe & Eurasia (ERCC); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3186 Asian Order & Community Building

Asia, perhaps the world’s most dynamic region, is currently in a state of flux and high uncertainty. This course analyzes major aspects of international relations of Asia, by specifically focusing on both the evolution and the current state of regional order and patterns of intra-regional interaction in terms of both cooperation and competition. After reviewing key concepts and critical historical developments, the course first focuses on major regional actors, such as China, Japan, ASEAN, and India, and assesses their respective policy preferences and approaches toward regional order, governance and community-building. It then examines existing regional institutions and coordination networks, both formal and informal, in various issue areas, including trade and finance, human rights, environment, and popular culture production. One unique feature of this course is that students will have a rare opportunity to interact with prominent guest lecturers who will share their expertise and experience regarding concrete regional actors and contemporary policy issues. In addition to developing the knowledge and analytical tools for discerning the current state of regional order, students will undertake focused research to write a major paper on their chosen subject pertaining to some aspect of emerging order and community-building in Asia.

Approved for: Asia (ERCB); Regional Foundations: Asia (ERFC); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3186 North Korean Policymaking & Foreign Relations

This course examines critical issues facing policymakers in and around North Korea and has two purposes. The first is to provide students with the factual and conceptual knowledge of North Korea, its ordinary people and leaders, their ideological beliefs, political and cultural attitudes, policy issues and ideas, policymaking institutions and processes so that students can analyze the North Korea’s relations with the United States, China, Japan, and Russia; evaluatePyongyang’s nuclear strategy and diplomacy; assess how it copes with international sanctions and humanitarian challenges; critique the North's strategy of unification, its policy towards the South, inter-Korean relations, and prospects for Korean reunification; and produce the plausible scenarios of alternative futures on the Korean peninsula.  The second purpose is to introduce main DPRK and North Korea-related open sources available online in the public domain for policy relevant research and analysis.

Approved for: Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI); Asia (ERCB)

 

3186 North Korean Society & Culture

This course examines critical issues facing policymakers in and around North Korea and has two purposes. The first is to provide students with the factual and conceptual knowledge of North Korea, its ordinary people and leaders, their ideological beliefs, political and cultural attitudes, policy issues and ideas, policymaking institutions and processes so that students can analyze the North Korea’s relations with the United States, China, Japan, and Russia; evaluate Pyongyang’s nuclear strategy and diplomacy; assess how it copes with international sanctions and humanitarian challenges; critique the North's strategy of unification, its policy towards the South, inter-Korean relations, and prospects for Korean reunification; and produce the plausible scenarios of alternative futures on the Korean peninsula.  The second purpose is to introduce main DPRK and North Korea-related open sources available online in the public domain for policy relevant research and analysis.

Approved for: Asia (ERCB); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA)

 

3186 South Asia Politics Through Literature & Film

This course will explore South Asia’s breathtaking political, social and economic variation through literature and film. Students will harness insights from the realm of art to enhance their understanding of the legacies of colonialism, the political logic of communal strife, the nature of civil war and the causes of gender bias. Students will learn to develop arguments to explain variation by comparing, contrasting and synthesizing competing social scientific perspectives and to support their arguments with details from textual and visual materials. Through this exploration, students will develop a working familiarity with South Asian politics and society as well as a deeper appreciation for the unique ability of literature and film to illuminate the region’s enduring challenges.

Approved for:  Approved for: Regional Foundations: Asia (ERFC); Asia (ERCB) (Group A & B); Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Int’l Development (EFCE); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA)

 

3186 War Memory & Reconciliation in East Asia

Seventy-six years after Japan’s defeat in World War II, virulent disagreement over the memory and meaning of the war continues to dominate East Asian international relations. Why is it that memory of the war remains so contentious and how come efforts to achieve reconciliation between Japan and its neighbors have mostly failed? This class will answer these questions by exploring how memory of World War II has continuously evolved in postwar East Asia and shaped the identities and politics of the region’s nations.

Approved for: Approved for: Regional Foundations: Asia (ERFC); Asia (ERCB) (Group A); Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA)

 

3187 Latin American Migration

The aim of this course is to understand the push and pull factor that have contributed to human mobility (migration) that has transformed the Americas. The class is divided in two parts: Latin American immigration and Latin America migration to the United States. We will be interested in studying the migration shifts that have occurred in Latin America and the theories that help explain them. The themes that will be addressed are the history of migration within Latin America and to North America, the impact of this migration on both sending and receiving countries, and the various policy strategies and issues concerning migration. In order to capture the social and cultural consequences of modern mass migration, films and novels will be used to supplement the themes of the course.

Approved for: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Latin America (ERCD)

 

3187 Contemporary Issues of US - Mexico Relations

This course examines the current drivers of the US-Mexico relationship, and uses concrete issues and recent junctures of the relationship to explore and understand both the policy and decision-making processes as well as the outcomes. It will provide students with a holistic understanding of the multifaceted agenda that makes this relationship so unique for US foreign and domestic policy. The course will also place the US-Mexico relationship in a larger geostrategic context -North American, hemispheric and global. This is not a "history of US-Mexico relations" course, though some readings on key defining moments will be required for context. The course will entail issue-driven policy simulation exercises in the latter portion of the semester in order to ensure that students understand both the issues but also the praxis and actual decision-making processes of this vastly complex relationship.

Cross-listed with graduate course. Restricted to juniors & seniors.

Approved for: Int’l Politics (EFCH); Latin America (ERCD)

 

3187 Latin America Geopolitics & Geoeconomy

This course will analyze the geopolitics and geoeconomics in Latin America. At the

intersection of both lies geopolitics as an instrument to promote economic goals and

geoeconomics as a tool to advance geopolitical goals. Both seek to alter the balance of

power and influence of the countries in the international arena. How has this interaction

evolved as domestic politics underwent turmoil and the international arena drastic

changes? What are the implications for the future? The course will consist of lectures,

student presentations, talks by guest speakers, and research work. By the end of the

semester, students will have a solid grasp of facts, concepts, and trends and develop

critical analytical skills.

Cross-listed with graduate course.

Approved for: Latin America (ERCD) Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Latin America: Regional Foundation (ERFB)

 

3187 Argentina in Global Context

Approved for: Latin America (ERCD); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA)

 

3187 Race in Brazil

The categories of race and ethnicity in Brazil are complex and best understood through a perspective that highlights the relationship between identity formation and historical process. Colonialism, Slavery, and Authoritarianism are major events in Brazilian history that suppressed freedom, furthered racial inequality, and constructed race and racism. This course is organized around a timeline that aims to focus on the development of racialized and gendered identities to have a better understanding of race in Brazil today. Central themes this course addresses are the Brazilian frontier, the plantation, urban growth, and democracy.

Approved for: Latin America (ERCD), Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC) 

 

3187 HR Systems: Interamerican, UN & EU

This course will examine the origins, structure and functions of the United Nations human rights system and the main regional human rights systems (the Inter-American and the European systems). It will focus on their work in protecting and promoting human rights and their respective procedures, effectiveness, and challenges. Special attention will be given to the legal instruments and to analyzing how human rights standards and diplomatic practices have evolved and have been institutionalized in international relations. The course will also focus on the political conditions under which these systems developed and how they have led to a reinterpretation of the principles of sovereignty and non-intervention.

The objective of the course is to enable students to understand human rights systems and their different procedures and remedies. Students should be able to identify the legal instruments for each system and to analyze their application and their effectiveness in protecting human rights.

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors only.

Approved for: Latin America (ERCD); Int’l Politics (EFCH)

 

3187 Economic & Social Development of Latin America

This course takes a historical and comparative view to the economic and social evolution of Latin America and the Caribbean, and discusses the main interpretations about that evolution, in the context of global developments and in comparison to other developing regions. The course will briefly discuss the colonial roots and independence, the period of growth in the second half of the 19th century, and the difficult decades of the first half of the 20th century marked by two world wars and the Great Depression. The main focus however, will be on the post WWII period, going through the period of import substitution and the Alliance for Progress, the shocks of the 1970s, the 1980s debt crisis, the more market-oriented and democratic period that started in the 1990s, and the new and uncertain phase that opened after the financial crisis of 2009. The course will also look at different public policies related to productive, macroeconomic, social, and institutional aspects.

Cross-listed with graduate course. Restricted to juniors & seniors.

Approved for: Int’l Development (EFCE); Latin America (ERCD): Latin America: Regional Foundation (ERFB)

 

3188 Arabic Literature: Arabia to America

This course will introduce Arabic literature beginning in the sixth century and continuing into the modern era.  We will read selections in translation from representative works of Arabic literature from many different genres including classical love, praise, boast and lampoon poetry.  We will also read selections from Arabic stories and anecdotes, advice literature, the modern Arabic novel and modern poetry. In addition we will explore the Qur’an and its influence on the Arabic literary tradition.  We will treat Arabic literature not as a static text frozen in time, but as part of a living tradition, with an emphasis on its performance, reception and cultural impact. Students will study Arabic literature in its relationship to other world literatures, and will be encouraged to explore parallels between it and other works of literature.

Approved for: Humanities (ESHC); Middle East (ERCE) (This course is cross-listed with ARAB 3105, therefore students can use this course towards Group A or Group B)

 

3188 The Middle East Since WWII

This intensive reading seminar surveys the key political, economic, social, and cultural transformations of the Middle East from 1945 to the present day. Geographically, we will focus on Algeria, Iran, and the central successor states of the Ottoman Empire (Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia). Thematically, we will pay particular attention to post-WWII geopolitics and the Cold War, including the role of U.S. power and American intervention; decolonization, Nasserism, and pan-Arabism; the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; the origins and spread of political Islam and Islamic social movements; neoliberalism and the political economy of oil; civil war and sectarian conflict; and youth rebellion. The readings each week have been curated to offer both a broad chronological overview of the major changes that took place at a particular time and place and examples of how ordinary people experienced and contributed to those changes on the ground.

Approved for: Int’l Politics (EFCH); Middle East (ERCE); Middle East: Regional Foundation (ERFE); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3188 National Security Lab: Middle East

This heart of this course is a semester-length simulation of the national security decision-making process, in which students role play members of the US National Security Council. During the course, students will respond to an ever-shifting crisis in the Middle East that will test substantive knowledge, analytical capacity, negotiating skills, and written and oral communication abilities. They will navigate a challenging political/military landscape, interagency battles, occasionally runic intelligence updates, duplicitous allies, and a sometimes mercurial president.  Students will learn in detail about the functions and responsibilities of the officials they embody, current real-world regional dynamics of the Middle East, and how national security decisionmaking and the interagency process work. They will apply what they learn in simulations of NSC, Principals, Deputies, and Policy Coordinating Committee meetings. These activities will be supported by readings, lectures, and guest speakers. Intended for future foreign policy practitioners, and those who just want to know more about how the sausage is made.

Approved for: Security Policy (EFCI); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Middle East (ERCE) (approved for Group A)

 

3189 Africa & the World

The aim of this course is to help students understand Sub-Saharan Africa and interrogate the "Africa Rising" narrative. The course will question the narrative and examine the assumptions that have informed positive and negative outlooks on the continent. It will also look at interstate relations in Africa and the place of Africa in World affairs.

Approved for: Africa Regional Foundation (ERFA); Africa (ERCA); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Politics (EFCH) 

 

3189 West African Film & Culture

This multidisciplinary course combines a study of film and literature. Students will explore the thematic tendencies of cinema in West Africa. Gender discourse, tradition, class, social and political change, and the constant quest for emancipation will serve as the theoretical perspective to analyze the films. In the course students will review and analyze a wide range of cinematic content displaying cultural, political and economic issues. In literature, using the same theoretical approach, the course will cover the colonial era, the years of independence and post-independence. At the end of the course, students will have acquired an understanding of African cinema and culture through the lenses of general theories in film studies and literary criticism.

Approved for: Africa (ERCA); Humanities (ESHC), Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Int’l Development (EFCE); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC)

 

3189 Hip Hop & Social Change in Africa

This course examines the development of hip hop culture throughout Africa, focusing on the rise of hip hop in Africa and the role of hip hop culture as a method of social commentary. The course will also look at case studies of hip hop communities throughout Africa, showing the diversity among hip hop communities in Africa.

Approved for: Africa (ERCA) (Approved for Group A or B); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC); Humanities (ESHC)

 

3189 Ethnic and Religion Conflict in Africa

The course will introduce students to the systematic study of ethnic and religious violence, to the key concepts in conflict studies, and to major episodes of ethnic and religious violence in Africa.  The course places an emphasis on post-Cold War conflicts –frequently referred to as ‘new wars’–though it includes an examination of historical context and long-term trends. The course addresses the basic question of whether the nature of war has changed and it sheds light on why this question is both central and controversial to scholars of violent conflict. The course will also introduce students to the data used to examine ethnic conflict through an overview of data collection, research design, and surveys.  Empirical data will allow students to actively engage with quantitative reasoning as they conduct their own analysis.

Approved for: Africa (ERCA); Africa: Regional Foundation (ERFA); Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC); Int’l Politics (EFCH)

 

3189 Africa Declassified

This course examines how Cold War rivalries shaped US intelligence analysis on sub-Saharan Africa from the 1950s to the 1990s. The course will focus on specific African countries to understand how analysts explained political, economic, and security developments during an era of geopolitical competition. The course reviews declassified intelligence assessments, as well as journalistic reports and diplomatic memoirs to evaluate how intelligence and analytic tradecraft informed US decisionmaking on sub-Saharan Africa. Through these case studies, students will learn about the opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls for intelligence professionals and foreign policy practitioners.

Approved for: Africa (ERCA) (Group A); Africa: Regional Foundation (ERFA); Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3190 Wartime Governance Challenges in Afghanistan

The course will provide an Afghan perspective on critical issues facing Afghanistan’s post-9/11 political order. Against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s historical and indigenous social change efforts, internal political divisions, and active insurgency, students will be exposed to the country’s post-2001 trajectory of ambitious, internationally sponsored reconstruction and state-building. Students will assess and understand the challenges of wartime governance.

Approved for: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3190 Strategic Management & Qualitative Analysis

This course introduces students to basic tools of strategic management and planning in the context of international affairs. With applications from policies and programs based primarily in Africa, students will learn the basics of strategic thinking and analysis and begin to develop related instincts through the application of specific tools and approaches, including, for example, SWOT analysis, stakeholder analysis, force field analysis, and appreciative inquiry.

Strategic management tools are only as impactful as they are living, and tools live through people. The course will situate strategic management within human relations, competing interests, and motivation and commitment. Ultimately, the course asks and provides guiding frameworks for answering the question, “how does change happen?”

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

Approved for: Africa (ERCA); Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Global Public Health (EFCD); Int’l Environmental Studies (EFCG); Research Methods (ESRM)

 

3190 Humanitarian Assistance & Int’l Development Law

The course will provide an overview of international development and humanitarian assistance activities and the policies, authorities, and institutions that shape them.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Politics (EFCH)

 

3190 International Business & Modern Slavery

This class will explore the global scourge of modern slavery and the role and responsibility of international business for prevention in their business operations. Once almost exclusively tackled by governments, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), corporations are taking an increasingly active role in combating human trafficking and unfair labor practices. Increased government regulation around the world has moved this issue onto the agendas of corporate boardrooms. Throughout the course, we will examine root causes of modern slavery and the impact of globalization. We will understand the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and their impact on corporate behavior. We will explore international NGO advocacy groups’ efforts to improve human rights performance by corporations and assess the evolving role of government regulations to encourage and enforce corporate accountability for modern slavery in supply chains.

Approved for: Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Int’l Politics (EFCH)

 

3190 Issues of Contemporary Diplomacy & National Security

This course is a historically-oriented class which evaluates the current administration's national security grand strategy, primarily as expressed in official strategy documents, speeches, and Congressional testimony.  The course also assesses significant regional (i.e. Europe, the Pacific, and Mideast) and topical themes (i.e. nuclear weapons).  It broadly compares and contrasts contemporary U.S. approaches with the perspective of other recent administrations, and with competing scholarly observations about the U.S. role in the world which have been advanced over the last 70 years.  The course is designed to equip students with lasting skills to interpret defense and foreign policies of past, present, and future U.S. administrations.

 

3190 Oil: Industry, Economy, Society

This course take a multidisciplinary approach (primarily political economy and management) to oil and its effects on business, nation-states and the world economy. The first half of the course adopts a top-down viewpoint, examining the global oil environment. The second half is more bottom-up, using cases to grapple with industry issues. In addition to the specific objectives below, the course uses oil as a vehicle for applying and deepening understanding of intentional-business concepts. As by far the largest global industry, oil reflects and influences broader sociopolitical issues and developments, facilitating its pedagogic use. The course is conducted in a mixture of seminar and lecture formats, and active participation is expected.

Cross-listed with graduate course. Restricted to juniors & seniors.

Approved for: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Economics (EFCF)

 

3190 Holocaust Memory

The sources, construction, development, nature, uses and misuses of the memory, or public consciousness, of the Holocaust. How different publics in different countries, cultures and societies know, or think they know, about the Holocaust from diaries, memoirs, testimonies, fiction, documentaries, television, commercial films, memorials, museums, the Internet, educational programs and the statements of world leaders—some of them historically accurate and some of them highly distorted. The challenge of representing the Holocaust with fidelity and memorializing its victims with dignity and authenticity. The impact of Holocaust memory on contemporary responses to other genocides and to crimes against humanity. The effectiveness—or lack of effectiveness--of Holocaust memory in teaching the Holocaust’s contemporary “lessons,” especially “Never again!”

Approved for: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Contemp. Cultures & Societies (EFCC); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Europe & Eurasia (ERCC); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3190 Environmental Rights & Justice

This course examines the place of environmental concerns in rights debates, both in theory and practice. It does so by situating environmental concerns within the relationship of rights and justice. First, we will examine the actualization of rights via law and, by extension, justice. What counts as justice? Who renders this? What forms does justice take?  What counts as just? After this overview of justice, we will turn to the specifics of environmental concerns. Do people have environmental rights? If so, what are these? Can environmental rights claims be achieved without also providing people with certain resource rights? For example, do people have a right to potable water, clean air, affordable energy, and safe food sources? More broadly, can such rights claims be reconciled with public policies which emphasize efficiency, privatization of public goods, and market competition? To provide context to our discussions, we will examine specific environmental realities in a range of countries. 

Approved for: Int’l Environmental Studies (EFCG)[1] 

 

3190 Transforming Global International Internet Law

This seminar on the transformation in global communications and information law and policy will cover the rapid evolution of communications and information services and initiatives by national governments and international organizations to create new legal and policy frameworks.  Topics are expected to include trends around the world in privacy and data protection, human rights, control of communications and data, internet governance, online content, approaches to cybersecurity, emerging technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence, and digital trade.  The course will provide students an understanding of the current law and policy debates in these areas, the complex ways policy is shaped, the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, and the tools for addressing similar law and policy questions going forward.  The seminar will be cross-disciplinary, highly interactive in approach, and relevant to various tracks. Taught by a practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in international law and policy, this course will provide students a blend of substantive and practice expertise.

Approved for: Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

 

3190 Populist Authoritarianism

This course is designed for students interested in International Affairs, Political Science, and other fields who want to learn about the dual, and sometimes overlapping, phenomena of populism and authoritarianism. Populist political leaders seek or exercise power based on broad mass support from followers who they promise to rescue from threats and enemies who oppress or exploit them. Populist authoritarians draw on populist discourse. These latter, more authoritarian leaders use their claims to broad mass support to legitimize actions that undermine the rule of law, threaten the independence of state institutions, and consolidate their power. This course will discuss various forms of populism from a world-historical perspective to understand what explains the rise of these forces, the consequences for civic culture and democracy, alternative strategic policy responses to mitigate the risks of prominent populist leaders and parties, and the implications for international politics.

Approved for: Int’l/Comparative Politics Adv. Fund. (ESIP); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA)

 

3190 ESIA Dean's Scholars Publication Workshop

Instructor signature required to register. This course is restricted to students in the ESIA Dean's Scholars Program. Register for this course through the ESIA Academic Programs & Student Services office.

 

3192 ESIA Dean's Scholars Workshop

Instructor signature required to register. This course is restricted to students in the ESIA Dean's Scholars Program. Register for this course through the ESIA Academic Programs & Student Services office.

 

3195 Internship

Departmental approval required to register. Register for this course in the ESIA Student Services office.

 

3195 Internship

Departmental approval required to register. To register for this course, email the instructor.

 

3198 Independent Study & Research

Departmental approval required to register. Register for this course in the ESIA Student Services office.

 

4191W Research Seminar: Peacebuilding & Development

International peacebuilding and development involve multiple initiatives with diverse goals aimed at creating peaceful, resilient, and sustainable societies. Though trillions of dollars have been devoted to these processes, it is questionable how effective these interventions have been in achieving their aims. Students in the course will learn qualitative approaches and methods for studying such interventions at multiple societal levels. They will design and execute individual research projects practicing the methods we learn to contribute to the scholarship in conflict resolution and development. Through executing their projects, students will not only strengthen their research skills, but also their knowledge of many critical issues facing peacebuilding and development.

Approved for: Research Methods (ESRM); Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Development (EFCE)

 

4191W Research Seminar: Security Policy & Qualitative Analysis

This course will develop and enhance your research, analytical, and writing skills by covering the essential steps of research design, research planning, and research implementation. Students will pick an issue in international politics and/or security policy and will have an opportunity to write an original paper that can contribute to contemporary foreign and security policy debates. Focusing on the use of qualitative data and analysis, the course will encompass the systematic use of causal framing, process tracing, and path dependence methodologies in policy investigation and assessment.

Approved for: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Int’l & Comp. Politics Advanced Fundamental (ESIP); Security Policy (EFCI); Research Methods (ESRM)

 

4199 Senior Thesis

Departmental approval required to register.

IAFF 1001 First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience assists students in developing their personal, academic, and career goals.

Registration is restricted to ESIA students only.

 

IAFF 1005 Introduction to International Affairs

This course introduces students to prominent analytical frameworks that help to explain important issues in international politics. The course is divided into three sections: international order, security challenges, and political economy.

Registration is restricted to ESIA students only.

 

IAFF 2040 Career Management & Strategy for International Affairs

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts of career development and the job search, including self-assessment, career decision-making, career exploration, and the employability skills to pursue, obtain and succeed in jobs and careers of their choice.

Registration is restricted to ESIA sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

 

IAFF 2090 Latin America: Problems & Promise

This course introduces students to Latin America, a region of the world that has served as a virtual laboratory of capitalism and democracy over the last century. This course is designed to introduce undergraduates to the diverse, rich, and complex history, politics, economy, culture, and society of Latin America. However, emphasis will be placed on political and economic issues, given their fundamental importance to regional trends over the last several decades. Notably, students will complement readings with other learning tools, such as media and film, which will help them better understand the region.

 

IAFF 2101 International Affairs Research Methods

This course covers basic research methods and methodologies that undergird international relations scholarship, as well as the ontological and epistemological assumptions particular to the research traditions explored.  Students are exposed not only to general research platforms, such as regression and case-study analyses, but also to the more specific research tools that accompany ethnography, discourse and survey analyses. A portion of class time is devoted to gaining familiarity with research resources available both online and at sites in the Washington area, providing students with the means to initiate their own original research in the field of international relations.

 

IAFF 2190W North Africa and the World

The course provides area familiarization on North Africa (Al-Maghreb) with a focus on those issues that are most relevant to an understanding and analyzing a sub-region that has a potential to greatly impact on U.S. national security interests.  The approach will emphasize the importance and dynamics of the countries in this sub-region–Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco–thematically.  The course is divided into four blocks.  Each is arranged under separate topics and includes issues revolving around the region’s interaction with the outside world, its society and culture, areas of conflict and reconciliation, religion, gender, geo-strategic considerations, AFRICOM, the Pan-Sahel CT Initiative, and many more.   Most importantly, the course will focus on the current political ferment especially after the popular spring uprisings of 2011 and the current uncertainties as a result of domestic, regional and international tensions.

 

IAFF 2190W U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa

This course, using the case study approach, focuses on the decision-making process in African conflict situations in Sierra Leone, Angola, Sudan, Ethiopia/Eritrea, Somalia and Rwanda.  The goal is not to gain a detailed understanding of each conflict, but rather to comprehend how the U.S. responded to them and to master the important decision-making factors in each case. The course involves considerable student interaction and includes time for extended class discussion, role playing several sequences of the Somalia conflict, class debate on U.S. involvement in Rwanda and a mock briefing on Sudan policy by small groups.  Finally, it includes role playing the positions of U.S. personnel at American embassies in Addis Ababa and Asmara on U.S. policy toward the conflict.  The overall objective is to obtain a better understanding of the decision-making process while learning about six African conflicts.

 

 

IAFF 2190W Politics and Culture in the Middle East

This course introduces students to major political and cultural events and trends in this diverse and complex region.  Thematic readings and case studies of regional states will focus on historical developments of the recent past to contextualize many present realities; examine sociological trends, with emphasis on identity, kinship, faith, and communal development; and explore colonial legacies, nationalism, modernization, and political change.  This class operates as a seminar and places considerable attention on the careful reading and creative interpretation of texts.  Attendance is mandatory, and active participation in discussions means critical thinking and not simply textual summaries.  This is an intense course with a heavy reading load, but for students truly interested in the region, the topics will be more than stimulating – and the outcome of the course rewarding.

 

IAFF 2190W Women in Global Politics

This course is an overview of the global status of women in the Twenty-First Century, focusing on the discrepancies between normative frameworks and policy developed to benefit women and their actual implementation.  The course examines how political, economic, social, cultural and religious frameworks affect the wellbeing of women as well as contribute to a systemic lack of access to resources. The course further underscores the imperative for increased focus on the human rights of women.  Readings will include academic texts, journal articles and narratives by contemporary women leaders and writers.  The class will also feature distinguished guest speakers.

 

IAFF 2190W U.S.-Asia Critical Issues

This course assesses the relevant background, status and outlook of U.S. relations with and policy toward Asia. It treats such pertinent contemporary Asian issues as the Korean peninsula, the rise of China, Japan’s future, Taiwan, territorial disputes along the rim of eastern and southeastern Asia, crises and conflicts in South Asia, terrorism, economic globalization, energy security, climate change, and regional multilateralism. The issues are assessed with a focus on U.S. relations with large Asian powers—China, Japan, India and Russia.

 

IAFF 2444 International Law

This course will provide an overview of public international law – what it is and how it is established, implemented, interpreted, changed, and enforced. The course will examine the legal structure underpinning international society and how domestic law and domestic institutions are affected by, and affect the international system. Through a study of state practice and case law, students will explore the genesis and development of international norms and legal principles related to important contemporary issues:  armed conflict and the use of force; international criminal law; and, human rights law.

 

IAFF 3172 Conflict and Conflict Resolution

This course is designed to familiarize students with the interdisciplinary field of conflict analysis and resolution, providing an overview of core concepts of contemporary theory and practice. The course will examine frameworks for analyzing the origins and processes of social conflict, and leading practical approaches to the conduct and evaluation of conflict resolution interventions. Our study will focus on intergroup and international levels of analysis, highlighting collective struggles over ideology and power, sovereignty and self-determination, while highlighting the roles of culture, identity, power, relational dynamics and social structure. The first half of the course emphasizes conflict analysis; the second half emphasizes approaches to conflict resolution.

 

IAFF 3177 Political Economy of Latin America

Latin America has emerged from more than two decades of economic reform and globalization as one of the world’s primary regions of emerging market growth. It is no longer an area whose development depends exclusively on ties to the United States and Europe. In recent years, Latin America has begun to show signs of “decoupling”; of pursuing a diverse range of development pathways. This advanced upper-level seminar will focus on the politics of economic policymaking in Latin America.

Prerequisites for this course are ECON 1011 & 1012, their equivalents, or PSC 2439. Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors. Graduate students are also encouraged to register.

 

IAFF 3180 Global Electricity Markets

This course teaches students about the structure and operation of the global electricity markets and regulatory institutions. The class will discuss infrastructure, costs, operation, and environmental aspects of existing power technologies in existing bilateral markets and new electricity markets created by restructuring and privatization efforts in Argentina, the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Students will learn about the electric energy, capacity, and ancillary markets and the challenges of integrating renewable into the grid. Topics covered will include cost models for power generation, transmission, and distribution and the rate of return regulation for electric utilities. Students will learn how electricity is priced using locational marginal pricing and about transmission congestion affects prices and how to use financial transmission rights to manage risk in electricity markets. Students will be able to explore regional and country issues by making group presentations and course papers; graduate students are required to do a more comprehensive paper or project.

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

 

IAFF 3180 Global Energy Security

Over the past decades energy security has increasingly moved to the forefront of the political agenda. Energy, its production and consumption are crucial for all sectors of the economy, in the US and worldwide. This course aims to develop an understanding of global energy security by presenting the fundamental concepts and theories as they apply to the energy field. The course starts with an overview of the world energy situation and an introduction to energy data and the energy balance. Topics discussed include a supply and demand analysis for the coal, oil and natural gas markets, an analysis of the prospects for renewables and nuclear energy. Furthermore, the topics of energy pricing, taxation and subsidization as well as the energy challenges faced by developing economies will be covered in this course.

 

IAFF 3180 Women and Terrorism

This course is a survey of the evolution of the phenomenon of terrorist and violent extremists (VE) groups and an analysis of its causes, forms, and consequences. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will introduce undergraduate students to gender-specific classifications and characteristics of terrorism and violent extremism (VE) groups. The course will provide a grounding in selected thematic issues relevant to the roles, motives, and impact of women and girls in terrorism and VE groups worldwide, to include domestic terror networks. The course is designed to combine theoretical and practice-based approaches to issues of gender and terrorism, drawing on relevant case studies from differing conflicts and cultural contexts.

 

IAFF 3180 Gender, Conflict, and Security

This course provides an introduction to understanding the gendered dimensions of armed conflict and security. The course will provide a grounding in selected thematic issues relevant to the study of gender, conflict and security such as gendered frames for understanding militarism and combatancy, gender-based violence related to conflict, peacekeeping and humanitarian response and gendered approaches to understanding the aftermath of conflict, such as transitional justice measures. The course is designed to combine theoretical and practice-based approaches to issues of gender, conflict and security, drawing from interdisciplinary theoretical and policy resources, as well as case studies from differing situations of armed conflict globally. Classes are discussion-based and interactive, and students are expected to fully engage actively in discussion and debate.

 

IAFF 3180W U.S. Grand Strategy

Periods immediately following major wars cause fundamental changes in foreign policies of winners, losers, and non-participants, as they adjust to new power realities. The course will include the study of contemporary documents that shaped the policies, ideas and intentions of the principal statesmen. In the aggregate, a century of adjustments moved America from a peripheral, second-class power to the sole superpower as the 21st Century began. These paradigm periods and their impact at home and abroad are essential to an understanding of “The American Century.” They also give perspective and definition to the nation’s place today and possibilities for the future, all of which we will examine.  Central to the course are required readings, and research papers on strategic issues.

 

IAFF 3180W Nuclear Security

This course will provide students with a basic orientation to the technology, policy and politics associated with nuclear weapons. Students will gain an understanding of the scientific breakthroughs and technologies related to nuclear weapons. They will also gain an understanding of the policy implications and political dynamics affecting the acquisition and potential use of nuclear weapons. This is a Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course. Students are required to write a comprehensive term paper on a current Nuclear Policy topic. 

 

IAFF 3181 Cultural Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

Cultural diplomacy plays a critical role in fostering peace and stability throughout our global community. In this course, students will explore cultural diplomacy as both a historical and contemporary practice of soft power. With an emphasis on the strengths and implications of cultural diplomacy in fostering mutual understanding, respect, and trust, this course will focus specifically on analyzing cultural diplomacy as a conflict mediation tool. Through exploring global education and cross-cultural exchange opportunities within the fields of art, literature, music, science, and business, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of cultural diplomacy across different levels of culture and society.

 

IAFF 3181 Israeli-Palestinian Peacebuilding

Why does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict persist, after decades of determined peace efforts by heads of state, social movements, civil society organizations and ordinary citizens? What strategies can be effective in future attempts to resolve this intractable diplomatic problem? This course provides a historical and theoretical overview of Palestinian/Israeli peace and conflict resolution efforts at all levels - state, civil society, and grassroots. Drawing on leading frameworks for Conflict Resolution theory and practice, the course will examine a range of cross-conflict peace initiatives, including official and unofficial negotiations, political campaigns, social movements, interfaith and intergroup dialogue, peace education, media, human rights advocacy and nonviolent direct action. Students will be challenged to understand peace and conflict resolution initiatives in their complex historical, political, social and theoretical contexts, and to assess the contributions of these initiatives to any potential future resolution. Course materials will include film, literature, media, and online resources as well as conversations with practitioners and scholars of the field.

 

IAFF 3182 Contemporary Uses of Military Power

The course will examine how military power has been used successfully and unsuccessfully in the recent past, currently, and how it might be used in the future. Military power is defined as the consideration, preparation, and use of armed force in pursuit of policy goals. The course’s case studies will focus on senior government discussions about the consideration of using military force before hostilities were initiated and its actual use once hostilities began. It will also examine the current counter-insurgency effort in Afghanistan and possible future cases dealing with China and Iran.

 

IAFF 3183 Globalization and Sustainable Development

Some questions addressed in this course include: What is globalization? What is sustainable development?  What does the history of humankind teach us about our use or misuse of natural resources, including water resources? What is the nexus between globalization and sound natural resource management? How is climate change affecting sustainable development and what are we doing about it? What drives the relentless process of globalization and how does this process in turn affect economic development, poverty and sustainability? The overall goal is to understand key concepts (e.g. carrying capacity and others) related to natural resource management as well as the linkages between globalization and sustainable development.

 

IAFF 3183 Human Trafficking

This class will introduce students to the complex phenomenon of human trafficking (also referred to as a form of modern day slavery) as defined in the United Nations Anti-Trafficking Protocol as well as the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) and its subsequent reauthorizations. In this class, we will discuss trafficking in human beings in its historical, legal, economic, political and social contexts; identifying the scope of the global problem, different forms of human trafficking, regional trends and practices, including trafficking in the United States and the different actors involved at all levels.

 

IAFF 3185 The Holocaust in Eastern Europe

Of the approximately six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust, more than two-thirds were citizens of Poland and the Soviet Union. The next largest groups of Jewish victims came from Romania, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. Eastern Europe was the epicenter for Hitler’s“Final Solution,” but due to lack of survivors, limited access to documentation, and Cold War politics, the genocide of Jews in these regions remains understudied and misunderstood. This course capitalizes on a relatively recent explosion in scholarship to provide students with in-depth knowledge of how the Holocaust unfolded in the East. Through thematic explorations, a series of case studies, and critical interrogation of primary sources and their postwar afterlives, we will examine how the Holocaust differed between Eastern and Western Europe, how persecution of Jews varied within Eastern Europe, and why, due to divergent legacies and memory politics, these histories remain contested even well into the 21st century.

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

 

IAFF 3186 US - China Relations

This course focuses on the areas of convergence and the areas of divergence between the governments and peoples of China and the United States. It assesses the historical roots of issues of cooperation and contention between the two nations, examines the contemporary strengths and weaknesses of issues of cooperation and contention and their broader significance in determining overall Sino-American relations, and discerns likely prospects for China-U.S. relations and their international implications. 

 

IAFF 3186 Indo-Pacific Security Challenges

The objective of this course will be to study the multiple issues and challenges which have transformed the Indo-Pacific region into not only the most populous but also one of the most important parts of the world. It will cover an area from China, Japan, Korea and Australia to India and Pakistan, with the principal countries of Southeast Asia in-between. It will concentrate on the global issues, including political, economic, commercial and cultural as well as military and nuclear which form the basis of current events and relations between the states in the region as well as the rest of the world. The course will also focus on the multiple issues between the region and the United States, which has both global and national interests of its own as a wide-ranging influence in the region—one which at various times may be welcome, essential and supportive; or, on the other hand, intrusive and threatening.

 

IAFF 3186 Current Events in East Asia

This course will focus on several interlinked current major issues in East Asia, which due to their contingent nature are difficult to incorporate into regular curricular offerings. The course will examine how US policy towards four key players in the region, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China, has evolved during  the past 20-some years, and how interactions with the other players is affecting these policies. US policymakers responsible for these countries and diplomats from these countries will be invited as guest speakers to the class in order to elaborate on a current issue facing their respective bureaus. Students will then be asked to develop responses to these requests, and present approaches to resolve these issues through their papers and class presentations. The course will examine the policy questions against the background of some of the overarching themes. These often don’t drive the debates on the issues of the day, but are important in the understanding of the background and the broader perspective.  1) Taiwan’s transition to democracy and its implications for today.  2) Japan’s rise as a responsible stakeholder, and its uneasy historical relations with some of its neighbors.  3) The tension between South Korea’s emergence as a regional power and its quest for unification. 4) China’s rise and its implications for the East Asia region as a whole.

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

 

 

IAFF 3186 Economic Development of East Asia

 

This course will use analytical and empirical tools from economics to address a range of questions about developing East Asia – China and the emerging economies of Southeast Asia. How does their development record -- in terms of income growth, equity, and sustainability – compare to that of developing countries elsewhere? What has underpinned their success in raising living standards and improving a range of development outcomes? What are the main challenges they now confront in sustaining their success, including in the face of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic? What should their priorities be for policy and institutional reform to address these development challenges?

 

IAFF 3186 Women in Asia

This course examines the social, cultural, political, and economic roles of women in Asia in a comparative context, both in terms of historical development (from the mid-19th century to the present) and within different Asian societies. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the class will investigate the place of women in the family and in society, their relationships with one another and with men, and their relationship to politics and the state. Emphasis will be placed on China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, but other countries in Southeast and South Asia will also be examined.

 

IAFF 3186 Taiwan Through The Lens of History, Identity, and Film

The course will examine 20th and 21st century history and identity politics in Taiwan through the film arts, including but not limited to works by Taiwanese directors such as Li Hsing, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, Zero Chou, and Chung Mong-hong. After completing the course, students will be able to identify and discuss Taiwanese culture in a geopolitical context.

 

IAFF 3186W Equitable Development in Southeast Asia

In recent decades, millions of people in Southeast Asia have experienced improved health, greatly expanded opportunities for education, and a rising standard of living. In this multidisciplinary course which draws on anthropology, political science, economics, and geography, we will explore how development in the region has unfolded and how states and communities have responded to new opportunities and challenges. We will begin with an overview of Southeast Asia and the ways in which various development approaches have been implemented in the region.  We will then discuss Andrew McGregor’s concept of equitable development which assesses the degree of income and wealth inequality, economic and social opportunity and choice, political freedom and participation, and environmental sustainability in a country or region. No prior knowledge of Southeast Asia or development is necessary. 

 

IAFF 3187 Cuba in the Global Arena

The course will examine the early history of Cuba, including the circumstances of its independence and the role of the United States in the early years of the Cuban Republic.  It will examine how a small Caribbean island nation became an important player during the Cold War and the focus of a nuclear confrontation, and how the Castro brothers and the Cuban Revolution have managed to stay in power for over half a century.  The course will take a close look at United States relations with Cuba through the years, and how the Cuba issue has affected domestic policies in the United States and other countries.  The course will also look at the role the Cuban diaspora plays in the foreign policy process.  Finally, the course will discuss President Obama’s December 17, 2014 initiative to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and possible scenarios for a transition in Cuba in the next few years.

 

IAFF 3187 Mexico Since Independence

The purpose of this course is to survey the economic, social, political and cultural development of Mexico in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including problems of economic development, poverty and inequality; different forms of social movements, rebellion and revolution; race, gender and ethnicity; U.S.-Mexico relations; and literary and intellectual movements.

 

IAFF 3187 Climate Change & Environmental Policy in Latin America

Latin America is endowed with significant natural resources and environmental assets, including almost one third of the world's fresh water, the largest rainforest on earth, a quarter of proven oil and natural gas reserves and among the world's highest potential for renewable energy sources, such as hydropower, wind and solar energy. However, Latin American countries are also some of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including hurricanes, droughts and rising sea levels. Meanwhile, Latin America's contribution to energy-related emissions is increasing due to strong economic growth and a spike in demand for transportation and electricity. Thus, one of the greatest challenges for policymakers in Latin American countries is to construct a path toward sustainable, low carbon economic development. This course aims to give students a sound understanding of the concepts of climate change and environmental policy, the major policy challenges facing Latin American countries and best practices being used in Latin America and other countries around the world.

 

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

 

IAFF 3187 Immigration and Weak States

This course will look at the factors that give rise to weak states close to the US border, options for improving these societies, and the policy tools that the United States has at its disposal to be of assistance. Using Central America’s Northern Triangle as an example, students will analyze present-day economic, security and governance challenges and think through realistic policy options. The Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras) is confronting a perfect storm of high insecurity, low foreign direct investment, and societies being torn apart. The proximity of this to the United States bears direct national security implications. This seminar course is designed to provide practical training in analyzing the many facets of a complex international problem directly affecting the United States but where US policy has thus far failed to find a solution.

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

 

IAFF 3187 Latin America in Motion: Indigenous Media & Social Movements

 Cinema and documentary film have played an important role in shaping politics, social movements and public spheres in Latin America since the 1960s. The arrival of indigenous filmmakers and the narratives they author has built on these foundations, adding complexities in position, substance and style that we will unpack in this course. Embracing a hemispheric, las Américas perspective, this course will look broadly at production models and aesthetic and political debates that have informed Latin American (and to some extent [email protected]) film and media practices since the mid-twentieth century as well as the some of the social movements that underwrite them. Our consideration of these topics will be accompanied by screening of relevant film, video, and television productions and geographic areas of emphasis include Mexico, Cuba, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

 

IAFF 3187 Democracy Under Siege in Latin America

Is democracy under siege again? Support for democracy is at its lowest level since surveys began some thirty years ago. Public disenchantment is widespread. The blue tide reached Brazil and Chile but the pink one returned to Argentina and landed in Mexico in a seemingly unending political volatility.  The crises in Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Honduras and Guatemala lead observers to fear a third “counter-wave” to democracy. Authoritarian regimes remain entrenched in Venezuela and Nicaragua. Furthermore, the insertion of the region in the world has changed dramatically. China especially, but Russia too, are playing roles unseen before. The geo-economics-thus-geopolitics paradigm seems to be reversing back to the geopolitics-thus-geo economics.   What exactly and  is happening and why? What does it all mean? What are the implications for the region and the world? This class will enable students to develop a theoretically informed understanding of this reality and the factors that explain it as well as to foresee the likely trends for the future. 

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

 

IAFF 3187 Latin America-China Relations

Over the past decade, China has emerged as a principal economic partner for much of Latin America. China is a top trade partner for several countries in the region and the primary export destination for South American nations. China's policy banks issued over $130 billion in finance to the region since 2005. And Chinese companies are becoming increasingly dominant actors in some of the region's main economic sectors. This course will examine whether and how China's economic activity in Latin America will evolve in the coming years, taking China's domestic considerations, evolving Belt and Road objectives, Latin American political economy, US policy, and other factors into account. We will examine the growing literature on China’s economic interests and impact in Latin America, including perspectives from China, the Latin American region, the US policy community, and other actors. We will also address the political, social, and security-related elements of Latin America's over two decades of enhanced relations with China. The course will be carried out as a seminar, requiring active participation from all students. Students will be expected to engage in analytical exploration, serve as class discussion leaders, perform productive peer review, and carry out and present a case study/research project.

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

 

 

IAFF 3188 American Policy in the Middle East

After a long and controversial US involvement in war and occupation in Iraq, an even longer US combat mission in Afghanistan, and the perception of numerous American policy failures in dealing with intractable conflicts, the US public seems to have lost interest in dealing with a region where enforcement of a Pax Americana has been considered a vital US interest for seven decades.  Does America need to be heavily engaged anymore? What are US interests in a changing world? What challenges are emerging today in the Middle East and what might they be in the future?  And in this dynamic environment, what’s a policymaker to do? Students will study the history of and rationale for US engagement in the region, starting with an assessment of what Americans want from US foreign policy. We will engage in active class discussions on current developments, debate opposing views, and hold a simulation that will pull these strands together in a policymaking exercise with real-world implications.

 

IAFF 3188 Iran - US Relations

 Since a CIA-backed coup in 1953 against a popular Iranian prime minister, Iran and the US have had a love-hate relationship. Animosity has only grown since the 1979 revolution and has had a negative impact not just on the peoples of the two countries but on the entire Middle East and beyond. The course will cover the reasons for this estrangement, missed opportunities for improvement, the breakthrough on the nuclear issue under the Obama administration, the deterioration and reversion to hostility under the Trump administration and the outlook for the future.

 

IAFF 3189 African Literature & Politics

This course will introduce students to the political and economic issues of Africa through novels.  The novels will serve as our lens through which to better understand various themes in Africa from the precolonial era to independence and into the contemporary era, exploring the role of gender, religion, ethnicity, conflict, and colonialism in the lives of African peoples. The course will be organized thematically as we read novels that capture historical, political, and social developments in Africa. We will explore the background of authors and the times in which the author did his or her work before grappling with the aforementioned themes. We will then focus on the text of the book itself. During the semester we will ask many questions about the role of literature in understanding political and economic phenomena in Africa. Among the questions we might ask are “Can we see fiction as representative of the actual events it covers?” “Do African authors offer a perspective that differs from the academic and media sources that serve as our conventional source for understanding such issues?” Readings will be followed by a discussion and accompanied by lectures that dissect and complement the novel.  For example, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie portrays the plight of two Igbo sisters during the Biafran War.  In addition to a classroom discussion, the instructors will present a lecture on the Biafran war outlining the drivers of the conflict and the ramifications for contemporary Nigeria. After reading and discussing So Long a Letter by Mariam Ba instructors will offer a presentation on Islam in Senegal and how the religion interacts with politics and affects gender relations.  Finally, in order to offer students flexibility and the ability to focus on a theme or country that interests them, they will select one book from a list of novels that represent a broad swath of the continent to write a final paper.

 

IAFF 3189 Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa

The course will introduce students to the systematic study of ethnic and religious violence, to the key concepts in conflict studies, and to major episodes of ethnic and religious violence in Africa. The course places an emphasis on post-Cold War conflicts –frequently referred to as ‘new wars’–though it includes an examination of historical context and long-term trends. The course addresses the basic question of whether the nature of war has changed and it sheds light on why this question is both central and controversial to scholars of violent conflict. The course will also introduce students to the data used to examine ethnic conflict through an overview of data collection, research design, and surveys. Empirical data will allow students to actively engage with quantitative reasoning as they conduct their own analysis.

 

IAFF 3189 Women and Leadership in Africa

This course will endeavor to provide a general understanding of leadership in an African context, through the lens of women. The course will begin with an overview of leadership and gender roles within traditional African cultures and move forward to examine modern social perceptions of women’s leadership. It will examine various paths and pitfalls of leadership in multiple contexts. The course will highlight the lived experiences of select women leaders on and of the African continent at the local, national and global levels. We will utilize a combination of scholarly sources, contemporary media sources, as well as international legal frameworks and declarations on women and gender equality. 

 

IAFF 3190 Space Policy

This course is an examination of the origins, evolution, current status, and future prospects of U.S. space policies and programs. It will cover the U.S. government’s civilian, military, and national security space programs and the space activities of the U.S. private sector, and the interactions among these four sectors of U.S. space activity. This examination will be cast in the context of the space activities of other countries, and of international cooperation and competition in space. The goal of the course is to give the student an exposure to the policy debates and decisions that have shaped U.S. efforts in space to date, and to the policy issues that must be addressed in order to determine the future goals, content, pace, and organization of U.S. space activities, both public and private.

 

IAFF 3190 Arctic Affairs

In recent years, ongoing climate change and renewed strategic interests have brought the Arctic region to the forefront of many countries’ foreign policy agendas. This comprehensive course covers a broad range of political, socio-economic, legal, and environmental issues linked to the Arctic region. It is divided into two main sections: one discussing circumpolar issues and institutions, the second looking in greater detail at the national policies of Arctic states (the United States, Russia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden) and of non-Arctic states and entities such as China and European Union. The course will include guest lectures by U.S. officials, NGO leaders, energy industry representatives, and experts on Arctic issues, giving students a unique opportunity to discuss contemporary public policy and governance problems, as well as position the changing Arctic on the chessboard of international affairs.

 

IAFF 3190 Women, Rights, & Gender Equality

The evolution of concepts of gender equality and the idea that "women's rights are human rights" has gained increased positioning within the international human rights and global policy system. Focusing primarily on the status of women, this seminar provides a foundational understanding of the relevance of gender equality to human rights norms and the translation of these into global gender equality policy and practice. The seminar will thematically examine: the changes that have taken place in women's status relative to men’s at global levels; the role of both policy and women's movements in creating changes to women’s status; women’s participation in governance globally; violence against women and global policy responses; evolving responses to issues affecting women in situations of armed conflict. The seminar will draw on gender theory while also examining specific examples and case studies of practice approaches to advancing gender equality and women’s rights. Active participation of students in discussion-based classes is expected.

 

 

IAFF 3190 Refugee and Migrant Crisis

An unprecedented number of people -- 65 million -- are displaced in the world today. How did this happen and what can be done about it? The course will first examine the refugee regime in historical perspective. Where exactly do most migrants and refugees come from? Who bears the burden of protecting them? When have levels of displacement spiked in the past? And how have states and international organizations responded to past crises? After situating today's refugee and migrant crisis in historical context, the course will focus on the response to refugees and migrants from key actors like the UN, NGOs, and state governments. What are their mandates and how do they assist people on the move? Are their tools and approaches fit to purpose for the displacement crises today? Under what conditions do these institutions succeed, and what challenges do they face along the way? What are their greatest unintended effects? This section of the class will focus on organizational theory and the role of institutions in the refugee and migrant crisis.

 

IAFF 3190 Introduction to Intelligence

The course will focus on the role of intelligence, and particularly the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), in the formation of national security policy. The course will examine the functions of intelligence in peace time and war time and the various components of the IC that serve those functions. Students will examine intelligence successes and failures using historical case studies. The class will conclude with a discussion of contemporary intelligence issues such as privacy vs. counter-terrorism concerns and counter-terrorism interrogation methods. This course will help students to make informed views about issues pertaining to the IC during the coming decades. The course will also help students who are interested in government careers in intelligence.

 

IAFF 3190 The United Nations and Global Security 

This course provides a unique opportunity to review the trajectory of the organization since its creation in 1945 and how it has fared in the face of varied challenges and a complex world political environment. This course will engage in this undertaking through the lenses of the organization’s role in the maintenance of international peace and security. It will do so by: 1) Recalling the historical and political background against which the UN was created, examining the performance of its predecessor, the League of Nations, and how it has informed the elaboration of the Charter, the design of the structures provided therein and the mandates assigned to them; 2) Providing an overview of the way in which the relevant UN organs have functioned in practice, looking both at the tools that have been developed and at how these have been applied to address some of the most pressing peace and security challenges confronting the world; and 3) Discussing the ability of the UN, in the current polarized international environment, to carry out its mandate towards the maintenance of international peace and security and address new threats.

 

The course aims at providing elements that would help in further reflecting on the following set of interconnected questions: 1) Has the UN overall lived up to the hopes it generated and fulfilled the ambitions assigned to it in the realm of peace and security? 2) To which extent has the UN been able to adjust its tools and modus operandi to the evolving peace and security issues it is grappling with? Going forward, what could be learned from these efforts? And 3) Can the UN be an effective peace and security actor in the current international environment and is it equipped to deal with emerging non-traditional threats to stability and security? In other words, is it the indispensable organization in this tumultuous early part of the 21st century?

 

IAFF 3190 Global Governance

This course examines global governance - the creation, revision, and enforcement of the rules that are intended to govern the world.  We will begin by considering the international order that lurks behind and defines any governance arrangement. This section also will examine the changing architecture of global governance.  Once upon a time, the architecture of global governance was dominated by large intergovernmental organizations, who were invariably created by states and for states.  One of the dramatic changes in the last several decades, though, is that the architectures and the architects of global governance are nongovernmental organizations, private-public partnerships, regime complexes, private governance authorities, and on and on.  We will explore two different issues areas – security and humanity – and two topics within each: in security, we will examine the rules governing the use of force, peacekeeping, and humanitarian intervention; and in humanity we will study emergency relief and refugees.

 

IAFF 3190 Holocaust Memory

The sources, construction, development, nature, uses and misuses of the memory, or public consciousness, of the Holocaust. How different publics in different countries, cultures and societies know, or think they know, about the Holocaust from diaries, memoirs, testimonies, fiction, documentaries, television, commercial films, memorials, museums, the Internet, educational programs and the statements of world leaders—some of them historically accurate and some of them highly distorted. The challenge of representing the Holocaust with fidelity and memorializing its victims with dignity and authenticity. The impact of Holocaust memory on contemporary responses to other genocides and to crimes against humanity. The effectiveness—or lack of effectiveness--of Holocaust memory in teaching the Holocaust’s contemporary “lessons,” especially “Never again!”

 

IAFF 3190 Strategic Management in International Affairs

This course introduces students to basic tools of strategic management and planning in the context of international affairs. With applications from policies and programs based primarily in Africa, students will learn the basics of strategic thinking and analysis and begin to develop related instincts through the application of specific tools and approaches, including, for example, SWOT analysis, stakeholder analysis, force field analysis, and appreciative inquiry.

Strategic management tools are only as impactful as they are living, and tools live through people. The course will situate strategic management within human relations, competing interests, and motivation and commitment. Ultimately, the course asks and provides guiding frameworks for answering the question, “how does change happen?”

Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

 

IAFF 3190 Climate Change and Social Change

While the earth's natural systems are being transformed by climate change, movements for social change in the areas of equity, justice, and environmental relations are expanding across the globe. This course prepares students to understand and engage with crucial issues at the intersection of these two trends through analysis of literature on global warming from both the physical and social sciences. We will begin by exploring the physical science behind climate change. Next, we will examine the foremost institutions working on global warming, and study its impacts on key human concerns such as agriculture, extractive industries, conflict, health, migration, and development. We will then analyze responses to climate change, ranging from social media campaigns and public protests to intergovernmental cooperation. Students will apply what they learn in class to carry out a research project on a social response to climate change of their choice.

 

IAFF 3190 Qualitative Research Methods 

This course is designed to introduce to students qualitative research methods. Students will learn about the nature and application of qualitative research. It includes a thorough discussion of qualitative research design and the role of concepts and theory in guiding research design. The course will train students in conceptualization, formulation of problem statements and research questions, data collection, and data analysis. The class begins with research problems, questions and designs followed by introduction to four types of qualitative research: ethnography, grounded theory, case study, phenomenology. The course will be a merge of theories and practice including lectures, group discussion, presentations, and research exercises. Students will be assigned a pilot research study as a part of the course requirement to be a means of practicing the concepts and research skills they learn throughout the course.

 

IAFF 3190W Democracy, Human Rights, and the Arab Spring

Students take on the study of the key events of the “Arab Spring”— a catchall term for the political protest movements that swept the Middle East beginning in 2011 and that continue in various forms to this day. We consider its rise, downfall, resurgence, and future, with a special focus on the US policy response. How did this happen in a region many thought immune to political change? What lessons can be learned about freedom and foreign policy?

The course emphasizes the various types of writing required in an international affairs career, including an op-ed format, State Department-style after-action and information memoranda, and a final research paper. Collaborative writing techniques and oral feedback will be incorporated into written work, just as it is government. Oral presentations and persuasive argumentation will be a key component as student groups’ findings are subject to critique in class discussions.

 

IAFF 3190W Masculinities in International Affairs

This course will critically examine the diverse experiences, roles, relationships and responsibilities of men and boys in international affairs. These contexts will include pre-conflict normative discourses on gender and masculinities as well as masculinities in war and conflict, violent masculinities, militarized masculinities, diplomatic masculinities, and peaceful masculinities. The major thrust of the course is to examine how the gendered social order influences men’s actions and behaviors and how men perceive themselves, other men, women and social contexts.

Feminist theory is the critical frame for the class, with substantive coverage of masculinities theory, gender policymaking and programmatic design and implementation. The course will unpack power from a relational perspective as well as an institutional analysis. We will use an intersectionality lens to explore relationships between multiple dimensions of social relations and gender inequalities, including: race, ethnicity, class, geographic location, nationality and sexual orientation.

 

IAFF 3191W Populism and Regime Change in Latin America

Populism continues to be a recurring phenomenon throughout Latin America. Globalization, neo-liberalism and democratization, while improving conditions in many countries, have been less successful in others or failed to meet rising expectations for progress. That has left an opening for populism to emerge. The course is divided into five clusters. First, we establish a theoretical framework for thinking about classical and contemporary examples of populism. Second, we analyze the paradigmatic cases of Latin American populism in the twentieth century (Perón and Vargas in Argentina and Brazil, respectively 1930-1960). Third, we examine “neo-populism” in the 1990s and Leftwing rentier populism in the 21st century. Fourth, we examine examples of populism going global in advanced industrial states, including the United States. Fifth, we conclude by examining the legacies, futures, and institutionalization puzzles that surround populism in Latin America.

 

IAFF 3210W Migration, Gender, and International Development

The relationship between migration and international development has become an established feature of contemporary social and economic life globally, with both positive and negative aspects for the migrants and nations involved. Scholars often refer to this process as the migration-development nexus. Studies also reveal however that migration tends to arise from those nations and regions already undergoing development; that is, migration both stimulates, and responds to, existing development rather than only to hardship or need. At the same time, migration and development are gendered—aspects of gender have become fundamental for analyzing the relationship between migration and development. This seminar will analyze scholarships that explore all these issues by examining various contemporary forms of migration. We will identify core issues and evaluate the use of methods, evidence, and arguments. This approach will be particularly useful in critically reading and evaluating the relationship between migration theory and empirical research.

 

IAFF 3501 International Development Theory, Policy, and Practice

This course examines how theoretical approaches, policies, and practices associated with international development have shifted over time, from development’s roots in President Harry Truman’s 1949 Four Point Speech in which he articulated the goals and objectives of the Marshall Plan, to a contemporary focus on NGO-driven projects that emphasize entrepreneurship and sustainability. Thematic foci might include state-directed development approaches, neoliberalism and development, environmentalist-influenced green development, or some combination of these.

 

IAFF 3513 Human Rights and Ethics

This course examines the theoretical and practical framework of human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective. It analyzes how rights have been conceptualized, envisioned, imagined, promoted, and asserted in different ways by philosophers, political scientists, and anthropologists, among others. In addition, it addresses the ethical questions that arise from research with those who are oppressed, marginalized, or silenced.

 

IAFF 3195 Internship for International Affairs

The purpose of this course is to help you maximize what you gain from your internship. Our explicit focus is on your professional development and increasing your career opportunities through strengthening your leadership capacities and other competencies. Reflection on your internship experiences will be integral to this process. A fundamental assumption for this course is that to be an effective international affairs practitioner, you will also need to look inward, and critically interrogate your vocation to work in international affairs and your strengths and weaknesses. Thus, we will focus on understanding ourselves to improve our efficacy in making a positive impact in the world. Moreover, we will also consider our relationships with individuals with whom we work, and enhance concrete skills that strengthen our abilities to collaborate with others. As a result, the course is structured around these key topics and how your internship experience informs and is informed by them. With a unique design of academic, mentorship, and professional components, this course seeks to offer you plenty of opportunities to integrate the knowledge and skills you gain from your internship with course content. The class helps you to define goals, discover your own strengths, and form a vision for your career – a successful career that will build upon your internship experience.

Departmental approval is required to register. To register for this course, email Elizabeth Boesen at [email protected].

 

IAFF 4191W Research Seminar: International Conflict and Contentious Politics

This course provides a structured forum for students to explore and research issues related to international affairs and conflicts, domestic or international. Students will be guided through conducting an in-depth study of a research topic of their choice, collecting and analyzing reporting data, and working in small groups, with the goal of participating at the GW Research Showcase. In this research seminar, students will be given an opportunity to integrate their knowledge, skills, and practical experience gained at the Elliott School.

IAFF 2101 IA Research Methods

This course covers basic research methods and methodologies that undergird international relations scholarship, as well as the ontological and epistemological assumptions particular to the research traditions explored.  Students are exposed not only to general research platforms, such as regression and case-study analyses but also to the more specific research tools that accompany ethnography, discourse and survey analyses. A portion of class time is devoted to gaining familiarity with research resources available both online and at sites in the Washington area, providing students with the means to initiate their own original research in the field of international relations.

 

IAFF 3172 Conflict and Conflict Resolution

This course is designed to familiarize students with the interdisciplinary field of conflict analysis and resolution, providing an overview of core concepts of contemporary theory and practice. The course will examine frameworks for analyzing the origins and processes of social conflict, and leading practical approaches to the conduct and evaluation of conflict resolution interventions. Our study will focus on intergroup and international levels of analysis, highlighting collective struggles over ideology and power, sovereignty, and self-determination, while highlighting the roles of culture, identity, power, relational dynamics and social structure. The first half of the course emphasizes conflict analysis; the second half emphasizes approaches to conflict resolution.

 

IAFF 3187 Racial & Ethnic Politics in Latin America

This course explores the changing and complex interactions between racial and ethnic politics and hegemonic power in Latin America. It asks questions such as: what are the strengths, weaknesses, and strategies of afro-descendent and ethnic social movements? Why do they succeed or fail? Why are they strong or weak in different countries? Why do we have successful indigenous political parties in Bolivia and Ecuador but not in Peru and Guatemala, nor successful black movements in Colombia and Brazil? 

 

IAFF 3195 Internship in International Affairs (Professional Development Option)

The purpose of this course is to help you maximize what you gain from your internship. Our explicit focus is on your professional development and increasing your career opportunities through strengthening your leadership capacities and other competencies. Reflection on your internship experiences will be integral to this process. A fundamental assumption for this course is that to be an effective international affairs practitioner, you will also need to look inward, and critically interrogate your vocation to work in international affairs and your strengths and weaknesses. Thus, we will focus on understanding ourselves to improve our efficacy in making a positive impact in the world. Moreover, we will also consider our relationships with individuals with whom we work, and enhance concrete skills that strengthen our abilities to collaborate with others. As a result, the course is structured around these key topics and how your internship experience informs and is informed by them. With a unique design of academic, mentorship, and professional components, this course seeks to offer you plenty of opportunities to integrate the knowledge and skills you gain from your internship with course content. The class helps you to define goals, discover your own strengths, and form a vision for your career – a successful career that will build upon your internship experience.

IAFF 1001 First Year Experience

First-Year Experience assists students in developing their personal, academic, and career goals. Restricted to students in the Elliott School.

Registration restricted to ESIA students only.

 

IAFF 1005 Introduction to International Affairs

This course introduces students to prominent analytical frameworks that help to explain important issues in international politics. The course is divided into three sections: international order, security challenges, and political economy.

You must also sign up for a discussion section: IAFF 1005.30-45. Registration restricted to degree seeking ESIA students only.

 

IAFF 2040 Career Management & Strategy for International Affairs

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts of career development and the job search, including self-assessment, career decision-making, career exploration, and the employability skills to pursue, obtain and succeed in jobs and careers of their choice.

Registration restricted to ESIA sophomores, juniors and seniors. 1.0 Credit. Pass/No Pass. Elective credit only.

 

IAFF 2040 Global Insights

Restricted to those that are in the Global Bachelor's Program. Department approval required to register.

 

IAFF 2040 Global Inquiries

Restricted to those that are in the Global Bachelor's Program. Department approval required to register.

 

IAFF 2040 Global Investigations

Restricted to those that are in the Global Bachelor's Program. Department approval required to register.

 

IAFF 2091 East Asia: Past and Present

East Asia has undergone dramatic changes since the end of World War II: political independence for a number of the states, rapid economic development for some countries, and social and political transformation. This course will examine these transformations in both national and regional contexts, with a focus on China, Japan, Korea, and selected countries of Southeast Asia.

 

IAFF 2091 Russia & Eastern Europe: An Introduction

A multidisciplinary introduction to the lands and cultures of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. The main emphasis is on history and politics, with attention also given to economics, trade, geography, military matters, literature, and the media.

 

IAFF 2093 Africa: Problems and Prospects

This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the problems and prospects of contemporary Africa.  It focuses on topics and issues rather than countries and regions.  Following a brief background of Africa’s geography and history, it treats topically subjects such as, politics, economics, development, health, education, international relations, conflict, terrorism, HIV/AIDS, ethnicity, refugees, human rights, and religion.

 

IAFF 2094 Europe: International & Domestic Interactions

Europe is buffeted by daunting challenges, both at home and abroad. The EU faces the lingering effects of the financial crisis; a populist wave at the polls, including Brexit; and the migration crisis. Overseas, both the EU and NATO are confronted with Russia’s resurgence; instability in the Middle East and North Africa; competition in a warming Arctic; and a new U.S. administration that has strained transatlantic relations. Both organizations have struggled to reform their structures in order to adapt. Whether Europe emerges stronger from crisis (including by way of a renewed French-German relationship, following recent elections in both countries) will have a global strategic impact, at a time when the coherence of “the West” is challenged by the alleged reallocation of power towards Asia and the global South. This class will be taught in partnership with the EU Delegation and bilateral European embassies in the U.S.

 

IAFF 2095 Middle East: An International Affairs Survey

This is an introductory course on Middle Eastern society and politics in the current world. It focuses on issues of political change, religion, conflict, and culture and is designed to help students develop an understanding of the ways in which social and political dynamics in the Middle East affect and are shaped by international affairs at the global level.

 

IAFF 2101 International Affairs Research Methods

This course covers basic research methods and methodologies that undergird international relations scholarship, as well as the ontological and epistemological assumptions particular to the research traditions explored.  Students are exposed not only to general research platforms, such as regression and case-study analyses, but also to the more specific research tools that accompany ethnography, discourse and survey analyses. A portion of class time is devoted to gaining familiarity with research resources available both online and at sites in the Washington area, providing students with the means to initiate their own original research in the field of international relations.

 

IAFF 2101 International Affairs Research Methods - Qualitative

This course is designed to introduce to students qualitative research methods. Students will learn about the nature and application of qualitative research. It includes a thorough discussion of qualitative research design and the role of concepts and theory in guiding research design. The course will train students in conceptualization, formulation of problem statements and research questions, data collection, and data analysis. The class begins with research problems, questions and designs followed by introduction to four types of qualitative research: ethnography, grounded theory, case study, phenomenology. The course will be a merge of theories and practice including lectures, group discussion, presentations, and research exercises. Students will be assigned a pilot research study as a part of the course requirement to be a means of practicing the concepts and research skills they learn throughout the course.

 

IAFF 2190W Arab Politics

Arab Politics asks students to rethink many aspects of comparative politics of the Arab Middle East (and its neighbors) that they have perhaps previously viewed as static or dull. The course makes use of readings geared to certain special topics in the region's politics and will build on students' exposure to more rudimentary materials utilized in introductory politics and regional studies courses. Also, exposure to pressing questions and various theoretical approaches involved in the study of politics in the Arab Middle East will give students the ability to contextualize popular press and other materials related to the region.

This course will satisfy a WID requirement.

 

IAFF 2190W Turkey and Its Neighbors

Turkey and Its Neighbors- This course focuses on modern Turkey and its current relationship to the Caucasus, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, the European Union, and Central Asia. It will cover Turkish domestic and foreign policy with a particular focus on Turkey’s rapidly changing relations with the Middle East, Europe and the United States. It reinforces ideas and concepts that impact on Turkey's domestic, regional, and international dynamics. The course will also make a special effort to analyze the driving factors behind Turkey’s new interest in the Middle East. In what represents a remarkable departure from its policy of non-involvement, Turkey is once again becoming an important regional player in the Middle East. The first part of the course will broadly cover Turkey’s domestic dynamic and The second part of the course will mainly focus on Turkey’s changing external environment.

This course will satisfy a WID requirement.

 

IAFF 2190W Terrorism & Counter Terrorism Policy

The course will provide an introduction to the topic of terrorism as a major question for US foreign policy. The class will examine the evolution of modern terrorism as a threat to the United States, and the nature of U.S. policy responses to it. After evaluating the events leading to the 9/11 attacks and the US government response, the focus of the class will be on a series of discrete policy problems in the world of counterterrorism response, including: Countering the narrative of violent extremism; problems of effective organization in the intelligence community; the use of drones; countering terrorist finance; countering terrorism travel; the protection of privacy and civil liberties; dealing with past abuses relating to rendition, detentions and interrogations;  the future of Afghanistan post-withdrawal of US and allied forces; and the threat from ISIS. There will be a heavy emphasis on writing.

This course will satisfy a WID requirement.

 

IAFF 2444 International Law

This course will provide an overview of public international law – what it is and how it is established, implemented, interpreted, changed, and enforced. The course will examine the legal structure underpinning international society and how domestic law and domestic institutions are affected by, and affect the international system. Through a study of state practice and case law, students will explore the genesis and development of international norms and legal principles related to important contemporary issues:  armed conflict and the use of force; international criminal law; and, human rights law.

 

IAFF 3172 Conflict & Conflict Resolution

This course is designed to familiarize students with the interdisciplinary field of conflict analysis and resolution, providing an overview of the core concepts of contemporary theory and practice. The course will examine frameworks for analyzing the origins and processes of social conflict, and leading practical approaches to the conduct and evaluation of conflict resolution interventions. Our study will focus on intergroup and international levels of analysis, highlighting collective struggles over ideology and power, sovereignty and self-determination, while highlighting the roles of culture, identity, power, relational dynamics and social structure. The first half of the course emphasizes conflict analysis; the second half emphasizes approaches to conflict resolution.

 

IAFF 3179 Space in International Affairs

This course will address international space policy issues facing the United States and places them in the larger context of technological advances and a changing international strategic environment. The course will briefly examine the technical, historical and policy foundations for U.S. and international space programs and activities. It will then address current issues facing U.S. space policy. The challenges and opportunities of international space cooperation, along with the evolving and complex space security context, will be examined for their implications for a range of national interests.

 

IAFF 3180 Globalization & National Security

Globalization and National Security- This course examines the phenomenon of globalization, its drivers, and its implications on U.S. national security in the 21st century. Globalization has revolutionized and accelerated the way goods, services, information, and ideas are sourced, produced, delivered, and circulated worldwide.  This course analyzes the different socio-economic drivers of globalization and concludes with an evaluation of national and international strategies to address the national security challenges posed by globalization.

 

IAFF 3180 Space Power in Global Affairs

This course will address international space policy issues facing the United States and places them in the larger context of technological advances and a changing international strategic environment.  The course will briefly examine the technical, historical and policy foundations for U.S. and international space programs and activities.  It will then address current issues facing U.S. space programs as a result of globalization (more state actors in space) and democratization (more non-government actors in space).  The course will also address strategic choices facing other nations in space activities, including cooperation and competition among U.S., European, Chinese, and Russian space capabilities, and developing indigenous space programs.  Conflicts over dual-use technologies, such as space launch, remote sensing, satellite navigation, and communications, will be examined for their impacts on a wide range of national interests.

 

IAFF 3180 Gender, Conflict and Security

This course provides an introduction to understanding the gendered dimensions of armed conflict and its aftermath.  The course will introduce students to gender theory and how it may be applied to understanding issues of security and the dynamics of conflict. The course will provide grounding in selected thematic issues relevant to the study of gender and conflict such as gendered frames for understanding militarism and combatancy, gender-based violence related to conflict, humanitarian response, and gendered approaches to understanding the aftermath of conflict. The course is designed to combine theoretical and practice-based approaches to issues of gender and conflict, drawing from interdisciplinary theoretical and policy resources, as well as case studies from differing situations of armed conflict globally.

 

IAFF 3180 Responding to Terrorism

More than 16 years after the infamous September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, terrorism remains an extremely potent threat. Indeed, 2015 witnessed over 14,000 distinct terrorist attacks spread across nearly 100 countries. While successful terrorist attacks can cost many lives and millions of dollars in physical damage, even the threat of terrorism can also have profound indirect effects. These range from influencing the outcome of elections to driving fluctuation in international financial markets. Consequently, this course aims to provide students with a general understanding of terrorism, including the underlying logic, root causes, different types of terrorist activities and group organization, as well as recent global and regional trends. In addition, the class explores state and community responses to terrorism. The course will combine a survey of extant academic literature on terrorism with practical insights gained from the policy world, and with reference to unfolding events as they are portrayed in the mass media.

 

IAFF 3180 Global Energy Markets

This course will cover global energy markets and how they influence international affairs and related energy and environmental policy development, infrastructure investments and global energy security. Each of the physical and financial markets of petroleum, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, coal, nuclear power, renewables and electricity will be covered. Emphasis will be on European, Russian, Middle East, Asian, South American and North American markets. Students will learn about the supply chains of each energy resource and how each commodity is priced. The course will then cover global trading hubs for energy derivatives (futures, swaps and options) used to hedge energy price volatility in specific regions and markets. The role of energy derivatives in price formation of oil, natural gas, coal and electricity and how they affect infrastructure investment and international affairs. The course is aimed at students interested in an overall understanding of global energy markets and students pursuing regional studies. Students can pursue regional interests through projects. Contemporary examples will be used extensively in this class.

 

IAFF 3180W Security Policy & Qual Analysis

This course will develop and enhance your research, analytical, and writing skills by covering the essential steps of research design, research planning, and research implementation.  Students will pick an issue in international politics and/or security policy and will have an opportunity to write an original paper that can contribute to contemporary foreign and security policy debates.   Focusing on the use of qualitative data and analysis, the course will encompass the systematic use of causal framing, process tracing, and path dependence methodologies in policy investigation and assessment.

 

This course will satisfy a WID requirement. Registration is restricted to juniors and seniors.

 

IAFF 3181 Israeli-Palestinian Peacebuilding

Why does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict persist, after decades of determined peace efforts by heads of state, social movements, civil society organizations and ordinary citizens? What strategies can be effective in future attempts to resolve this intractable diplomatic problem? This course provides a historical and theoretical overview of Palestinian/Israeli peace and conflict resolution efforts at all levels - state, civil society, and grassroots. Drawing on leading frameworks for Conflict Resolution theory and practice, the course will examine a range of cross-conflict peace initiatives, including official and unofficial negotiations, political campaigns, social movements, interfaith and intergroup dialogue, peace education, media, human rights advocacy and nonviolent direct action. Students will be challenged to understand peace and conflict resolution initiatives in their complex historical, political, social and theoretical contexts, and to assess the contributions of these initiatives to any potential future resolution. Course materials will include film, literature, media, and online resources as well as conversations with practitioners and scholars of the field.

 

IAFF 3182 China’s Rise and Implications

The course assesses the political, economic, social, military and foreign policy priorities of China’s leaders. It focuses on the period following Mao Zedong (d. 1976), and examines the political, economic, social, military and foreign policy changes and reforms that have made China the fastest growing power in Asian and world affairs. It assesses the implications of these developments for China and its neighbors and other concerned powers, U.S. relations with China and U.S. interests in Asia and world affairs.

 

IAFF 3183 Human Trafficking

This class will introduce students to the complex phenomenon of human trafficking (also referred to as a form of modern day slavery) as defined in the United Nations Anti-Trafficking Protocol as well as the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) and its subsequent reautheorizations. In this class, we will discuss trafficking in human beings in its historical, legal, economic, political and social contexts; identifying the scope of the global problem, different forms of human trafficking, regional trends and practices, including trafficking in the United States and the different actors involved at all levels.

 

IAFF 3183 Environmentalism & Development

This course approaches environmentalism  and  international  development  from  a  cultural ecology  perspective,  which  examines  how  humans  biologically  and  culturally  adapt  to different  social,  cultural,  and  physical  environments.  As  such,  this  is  an  approach  that potentially   conflicts   with   the   assumptions   and   practices   of   environmentalism   and international development, both of which emphasize the universality of certain issues. Our goal  is  to  better  understand  the  assumptions  and  values  of  environmentalism  in  order  to analyze  how  these  may  conflict  with  the  environmental  practices  of  different  groups  of people, especially in relation to international development projects.

 

IAFF 3183 International Energy & Environmental Regulations

This course will the development and implementation of energy and environmental regulations and deregulation and how they affect international affairs.  This course will discuss regulations and deregulation of petroleum, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, coal, nuclear power and electricity of various countries and regions.  Students will learn about how the European Union and member states, Canada, Mexico, South America, Asia and North America regulate the extraction of energy fuels, processing and refining and transmission of fuels to customers. The course will compare the various approaches used to regulate electricity generation, storage, transmission and distribution in various countries and regions. The course will also discuss the growing conflicts between energy and environmental regulations that are used to protect air, water, coastal resources, cultural and socioeconomic resources and discuss the capacity of government institutions to adequately regulate energy infrastructure and protect the environment. The course is aimed at students interested in an overall understanding of global energy regulation and can be aimed at student pursuing regional studies. Students can pursue regional interests through projects. Contemporary examples will be used extensively in this class.

 

IAFF 3185 EU and Russia

The Ukraine crisis is not strictly a European or American – but a transatlantic problem. Washington and Brussels have yet to develop a fully transatlantic understanding of the Russian challenge because doing so requires the abrupt revival of the moribund art of Kremlinology—not only a new birth of Kremlinology, but of transatlantic Kremlinology. This updated knowledge base must navigate the pitfalls of the “history of the present”, as we attempt to analyze a rapidly evolving situation and to parse through a bewildering diversity of primary sources which often reflect “communication warfare” rather than even-handed strategic analysis. This class builds upon a series of professional workshops held at ESIA’s Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, which convened European, American, and Russian experts from academia, think tanks, embassies, and governments.

 

IAFF 3185 Ukraines & Georgia Between Russia & the West

The current Russo‐Ukrainian crisis has regional and global ramifications, as did the 2008 Russo‐Georgian War. The course examines these conflicts and places them in the wider context of Russian‐Western relations, relations between Russia and its neighbors, and the relations between the West and Ukraine and Georgia. The policies of the relevant parties are analyzed against the backdrop of processes and issues such as NATO and EU enlargement, the “post‐Soviet” countries’ aspirations to define their national identities and roles in a wider European security order, Russia’s changing foreign policy, energy security, and domestic politics. The course combines a historical perspective with application of International Relations theory on issues such as national security decision making.

Registration restricted to juniors and seniors only.

 

IAFF 3186 Asian Security

This course explores the principal hard power security issues facing East Asia: the rise of China; the US relationship with its allies and security partners in the region; Japan’s security strategy; the political-military disputes centered on the East and South China seas, the Korean peninsula, and the Taiwan Strait; and military strategies of the key states in the region.  Through a set of readings and discussions, students will come to a deeper understanding of the major issues in the region’s security; how the histories and domestic politics of China, Japan, the two Koreas and Taiwan shape and impact on the region’s security; and how some of the major scholars and practitioners who have thought about the region have viewed its security problems.

 

IAFF 3186 International Relations of South Asia

This course examines the role and importance of South Asia in international affairs. The region is home to six major countries, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. We will begin our journey with a brief survey of the British colonial period, which affected all six countries to varying degrees, eventually giving rise to a protracted struggle for independence in the heartland of the Raj. We will also examine some of the most important political and economic trends in each country. Nuclear weapons, radical Islamic terrorism, INFOSYS, call centers, democracy, dictatorship, civil war, territorial disputes, abject poverty, Bollywood and cricket.  South Asia has it all.  It has emerged on the world stage as a region whose importance is second to none.  In this course you will find out why.

 

IAFF 3186 North Korean’s Policymaking and Foreign Relations

This course examines critical issues facing policymakers in and around North Korea and has two purposes. The first is to provide students with the factual and conceptual knowledge of North Korea, its ordinary people and leaders, their ideological beliefs, political and cultural attitudes, policy issues and ideas, policymaking institutions and processes so that students can analyze the North Korea’s relations with the United States, China, Japan, and Russia; evaluatePyongyang’s nuclear strategy and diplomacy; assess how it copes with international sanctions and humanitarian challenges; critique the North's strategy of unification, its policy towards the South, inter-Korean relations, and prospects for Korean reunification; and produce the plausible scenarios of alternative futures on the Korean peninsula.  The second purpose is to introduce main DPRK and North Korea-related open sources available online in the public domain for policy relevant research and analysis.

 

IAFF 3186 Asian Order & Community-Building

Asia, perhaps the world’s most dynamic region, is currently in a state of flux and high uncertainty. This course analyzes major aspects of international relations of Asia, by specifically focusing on both the evolution and the current state of regional order and patterns of intra-regional interaction in terms of both cooperation and competition. After reviewing key concepts and critical historical developments, the course first focuses on major regional actors, such as China, Japan, ASEAN, and India, and assesses their respective policy preferences and approaches toward regional order, governance and community-building. It then examines existing regional institutions and coordination networks, both formal and informal, in various issue areas, including trade and finance, human rights, environment, and popular culture production. One unique feature of this course is that students will have a rare opportunity to interact with prominent guest lecturers who will share their expertise and experience regarding concrete regional actors and contemporary policy issues. In addition to developing the knowledge and analytical tools for discerning the current state of regional order, students will undertake focused research to write a major paper on their chosen subject pertaining to some aspect of emerging order and community-building in Asia.

 

IAFF 3187 Latino Migration

The aim of this course is to understand the push and pull factor that have contributed to human mobility (migration) that has transformed the Americas.  The class is divided in two parts: Latin American immigration and Latin America migration to the United States. We will be interested in studying the migration shifts that have occurred in Latin America and the theories that help explain them. The themes that will be addressed are the history of migration within Latin America and to North America, the impact of this migration on both sending and receiving countries, and the various policy strategies and issues concerning migration. In order to capture the social and cultural consequences of modern mass migration, films and novels will be used to supplement the themes of the course.

 

IAFF 3187 Contemporary Issues of US-Mexico Relations

This course examines the current drivers of the US-Mexico relationship, and uses concrete issues and recent junctures of the relationship to explore and understand both the policy and decision-making processes as well as the outcomes. It will provide students with a holistic understanding of the multifaceted agenda that makes this relationship so unique for US foreign and domestic policy. The course will also place the US-Mexico relationship in a larger geostrategic context -North American, hemispheric and global. This is not a "history of US-Mexico relations" course, though some readings on key defining moments will be required for context. The course will entail issue-driven policy simulation exercises in the latter portion of the semester in order to ensure that students understand both the issues but also the praxis and actual decision-making processes of this vastly complex relationship.

Registration restricted to juniors and seniors only.

 

IAFF 3187 Economic & Social Development of Latin America

This course takes a historical and comparative view to the economic and social evolution of Latin America and the Caribbean, and discusses the main interpretations about that evolution, in the context of global developments and in comparison to other developing regions. The course will briefly discuss the colonial roots and independence, the period of growth in the second half of the 19th century, and the difficult decades of the first half of the 20th century marked by two world wars and the Great Depression. The main focus however, will be on the post WWII period, going through the period of import substitution and the Alliance for Progress, the shocks of the 1970s, the 1980s debt crisis, the more market-oriented and democratic period that started in the 1990s, and the new and uncertain phase that opened after the financial crisis of 2009. The course will also look at different public policies related to productive, macroeconomic, social, and institutional aspects.

 

IAFF 3188 US Foreign Policy in the Persian Gulf

This course focuses on the evolution of United States policy in the Gulf from the end of World War II to present, examining both its causes and effects. The Cold War, Arab nationalism, Islam, oil, and regional rivalries will be looked at as factors impacting U.S. decision-making and actions. The U.S. presence in the Gulf—both diplomatic and military spans the administrations of thirteen presidents. U.S. policy objectives during these decades have been remarkably consistent; yet, there has been a steady increase in the level of U.S. engagement. A study of this period of history aims to provide a basis for understanding where U.S. policy may go in the future.

 

IAFF 3188 Arabic Literature: Arabia to America

This course will introduce Arabic literature beginning in the sixth century and continuing into the modern era.  We will read selections in translation from representative works of Arabic literature from many different genres including classical love, praise, boast and lampoon poetry.  We will also read selections from Arabic stories and anecdotes, advice literature, the modern Arabic novel and modern poetry.  In addition we will explore the Qur’an and its influence on the Arabic literary tradition.  We will treat Arabic literature not as a static text frozen in time, but as part of a living tradition, with an emphasis on its performance, reception and cultural impact.  Students will study Arabic literature in its relationship to other world literatures, and will be encouraged to explore parallels between it and other works of literature.

 

IAFF 3188 The Middle East Since WWII

This intensive reading seminar surveys the key political, economic, social, and cultural transformations of the Middle East from 1945 to the present day. Geographically, we will focus on Algeria, Iran, and the central successor states of the Ottoman Empire (Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia). Thematically, we will pay particular attention to post-WWII geopolitics and the Cold War, including the role of U.S. power and American intervention; decolonization, Nasserism, and pan-Arabism; the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; the origins and spread of political Islam and Islamic social movements; neoliberalism and the political economy of oil; civil war and sectarian conflict; and youth rebellion. The readings each week have been curated to offer both a broad chronological overview of the major changes that took place at a particular time and place and examples of how ordinary people experienced and contributed to those changes on the ground.

 

IAFF 3189 International Relations in Africa

The aim of this course is to help students understand Sub-Saharan Africa and interrogate the "Africa Rising" narrative. The course will question the narrative and examine the assumptions that have informed positive and negative outlooks on the continent. It will also look at interstate relations in Africa and the place of Africa in World affairs.

 

IAFF 3189 Hip Hop & Social Change in Africa

This course examines the development of hip hop culture throughout Africa, focusing on the rise of hip hop in Africa and the role of hip hop culture as a method of social commentary. The course will also look at case studies of hip hop communities throughout Africa, showing the diversity among hip hop communities in Africa.

 

IAFF 3189 Women & Leadership in Africa

The course will provide a general understanding of the position and challenges of women in Africa as leaders at the community, society and national levels. Assessing the cultural environment, impediments/barriers and recognize the progress made (through various legal frameworks and policies), as well as opportunities. The course will draw on  practical experience over the years in various leadership positions in public service, as well as draw on living and current examples of women in politics (what it takes to win an election), conflict situations and transitional leadership. The objective is to create self-awareness, confidence, aspirations with clear goals, mindsets and overcome stereotypes of women and leadership.

 

IAFF 3189 Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa

The course will introduce students to the systemic study of ethnic and religious violence, to the key concepts in conflict studies, and to major episodes of ethnic and religious violence in Africa. The course places an emphasis on post-Cold War conflicts –frequently referred to as ‘new wars’–though it includes an examination of historical context and long-term trends. The course addresses the basic question of whether the nature of war has changed and it sheds light on why this question is both central and controversial to scholars of violent conflict. The course will also introduce students to the data used to examine ethnic conflict through an overview of data collection, research design, and surveys. Empirical data will allow students to actively engage with quantitative reasoning as they conduct their own analysis.

 

IAFF 3189 Security Challenges in Africa

This course introduces students to Africa’s current and emerging security threats. It is designed to enable students to understand, analyze, and effectively communicate about security threats on the continent and to sharpen their ability to make policy-oriented recommendations for strengthening peace and security in the region. Our discussions will center on the political, economic, and social contexts out of which these threats arise, and the local, regional, and global factors that fuel or facilitate them. We take a closer look at how the U.S and other governments’ engagement and regional cooperation in the fight against extremist groups, transnational threats, and other challenges impact security dynamics and regional peace. The course will connect theory to practice through discussion, policy analysis, research and case study review of real events. It will be useful for anyone with an interest in the continent’s changing security landscape.

 

IAFF 3190 Humanitarian Assistance & International Development Law

The course will provide an overview of international development and humanitarian assistance activities and the policies, authorities, and institutions that shape them.

 

IAFF 3190 Film & U.S. Foreign Policy

Film and U.S. Foreign Policy - This course will examine America’s engagement with the world through the lens of cinematography, including The Quiet American, Charlie Wilson’s War, Black Hawk Down, Hotel Rwanda, Dr. Strangelove, Thirteen Days, and acclaimed documentaries, including The Fog of War, The Battle of Algiers, No End in Sight and Restrepo. These films, supplemented with assigned readings, will explore a range of issues relating to the current practice and future direction of U.S. foreign policy: how and why America goes to war, humanitarian intervention and genocide, the threats posed by nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, the rise and proliferation of radical groups and terrorism, and the nature of modern counter-insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan today.

 

IAFF 3190 International Business & Modern Slavery

This class will explore the global scourge of modern slavery and the role and responsibility of international business for prevention in their business operations.  Once almost exclusively tackled by governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), corporations are taking an increasingly active role in combating human trafficking and unfair labor practices. Increased government regulation around the world has moved this issue onto the agendas of corporate boardrooms.  Throughout the course, we will examine root causes of modern slavery and the impact of globalization.   We will understand the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and their impact on corporate behavior.  We will explore international NGO advocacy groups’ efforts to improve human rights performance by corporations and assess the evolving role of government regulations to encourage and enforce corporate accountability for modern slavery in supply chains.

 

IAFF 3190 Issues of Contemporary Diplomacy & National Security

This seminar addresses contemporary issues in American Diplomacy and National Security from the perspective of a practitioner.  Class discussion will focus on functional and country/regional issues that are the subject of current attention by the U.S. administration, Congress and the media.  Cross-cutting functional issues will include such topics as current intelligence challenges, non-proliferation, dealing with terrorism and economic diplomacy.  We will also address country/regional issues related to Russia, China, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.  The goal of the course is to impart the centrality of the Presidency in the day-to-day conduct of our national security policy, the political and budgetary constraints on its conduct and the almost incessant intervention of unexpected events shaping policies. This seminar is taught by Ambassador John D. Negroponte.

 

IAFF 3190 Business Growth Strategies

This course will examine how companies now, more than ever, need to understand and address the complex global public policy and regulatory environment as well as the increasingly divisive political climate  in order to continue to win and grow in the marketplace.  And the role that strategic communications plays in influencing the outcome and in ensuring that their story is told.

 

IAFF 3190 Oil: Industry, Economy, Society

This course take a multidisciplinary approach (primarily political economy and management) to oil and its effects on business, nation-states and the world economy. The first half of the course adopts a top-down viewpoint, examining the global oil environment. The second half is more bottom-up, using cases to grapple with industry issues. In addition to the specific objectives below, the course uses oil as a vehicle for applying and deepening understanding of intentional-business concepts. As by far the largest global industry, oil reflects and influences broader sociopolitical issues and developments, facilitating its pedagogic use. The course is conducted in a mixture of seminar and lecture formats, and active participation is expected.

 

IAFF 3190 Holocaust Memory

The sources, construction, development, nature, uses and misuses of the memory, or public consciousness, of the Holocaust. How different publics in different countries, cultures and societies know, or think they know, about the Holocaust from diaries, memoirs, testimonies, fiction, documentaries, television, commercial films, memorials, museums, the Internet, educational programs and the statements of world leaders—some of them historically accurate and some of them highly distorted. The challenge of representing the Holocaust with fidelity and memorializing its victims with dignity and authenticity. The impact of Holocaust memory on contemporary responses to other genocides and to crimes against humanity. The effectiveness—or lack of effectiveness--of Holocaust memory in teaching the Holocaust’s contemporary “lessons,” especially “Never again!”

 

IAFF 3194W Latin America’s Violent Peace

Latin America has avoided major inter-state wars yet armed conflicts have roiled the region since the independence era. During the Cold War, this paradox of a violent peace could be seen via the cycle of revolution and counter-revolution while today the citizen security crisis riddling Central and South America is the most visible form of this puzzle. What distinguishes the contemporary landscape is the fading of the revolutionary armed struggle and the proliferation of illegal armed actors which have diverse origins but, notably, also constitute key parts of the informal ecosystems that create complex governability challenges. To further analysis of the relationships between illegal armed actors, informal ecosystems, and governability in contemporary Latin America, this seminar traces the historical evolution of conflict and contestation by examining patterns in state building, political violence, the armed forces, insurgencies, and criminal gangs. Special attention will be given to contemporary cases – Brazil, Central America, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela – and practitioner guest lecturers will participate to help enrich class discussion.

Registration restricted to juniors and seniors. This course will satisfy a WID requirement.

 

IAFF 3513 Human Rights and Ethics

This course examines the theoretical and practical framework of human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective. It analyzes how rights have been conceptualized, envisioned, imagined, promoted, and asserted in different ways by philosophers, political scientists, and anthropologists, among others. In addition, it addresses the ethical questions that arise from research with those who are oppressed, marginalized, or silenced.

 

IAFF 4191W Research Seminar: Security Policy & Qualitative Analysis

This course will develop and enhance your research, analytical, and writing skills by covering the essential steps of research design, research planning, and research implementation.  Students will pick an issue in international politics and/or security policy and will have an opportunity to write an original paper that can contribute to contemporary foreign and security policy debates.   Focusing on the use of qualitative data and analysis, the course will encompass the systematic use of causal framing, process tracing, and path dependence methodologies in policy investigation and assessment.