Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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.

IAFF 1005 Intro to International Affairs: A Washington Perspective

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 2040 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Research Methods

IAFF 2040 Junior/ Senior Job Search and Strategy

Registration restricted to ESIA juniors and seniors only. 

IAFF 2040 Global Inquiries

Restricted to those that are in the Global Bachelors Program.

IAFF 2040 Global Investigations

Restricted to those that are in the Global Bachelors Program.

IAFF 2090 Latin America: Problems and 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 2094 The EU & Its Member States

This course examines the development of the European Union; the structure and activities of its institutions;  current policy issues such as Brexit, immigration, and foreign relations; and the role of EU Member States.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Europe and Eurasia Regional Foundation; Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Int’l Politics; Europe and Eurasian Studies.

IAFF 2190 Presidents at War

This course explores the way American presidents have thought about and conducted wars. What causes war, and how do wars end? The approach in the course is analytical and historical. We will examine different theoretical perspectives on war – realism (power), liberalism (institutions) and idealism/constructivism (individual and collective ideas). And we will examine the historical record to see how different presidents have approached the use of military force.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

IAFF 2190 Civil Wars

Civil war is the most common form of state-based armed conflict today. Depending on how one counts, between 110 and 260 civil wars have been fought since the end of World War II, compared to 30 to 45 interstate wars. Civil wars are also extremely deadly, causing the deaths of millions of people, the majority of them noncombatants. The end of the Cold War focused the attention of scholars of comparative politics and international relations on civil conflict, leading to a growing literature on all facets of civil war, including civil war onset, duration, outcome, and termination; causes and effectiveness of targeting civilians (a.k.a., terrorism) in civil wars; why people join rebel groups or decide to become terrorists; the effectiveness of various forms of intervention in civil wars; counterinsurgency; and more. This course explores some of the new literature on civil war and is divided into four parts. The first part is mainly definitional: what is a civil war? What kinds of civil wars are there? What are insurgency and counterinsurgency? What is terrorism? These class sessions outline working definitions for each of these phenomena that we will use during the remainder of the course. The second section of the course looks at the causes of civil war. The third part of the course turns to the conduct of civil wars with an emphasis on one particularly prevalent but unsavory practice: violence against civilians. The final section of the course looks at what makes civil wars last so long and what eventually brings them to an end.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Africa Regional Foundation; Conflict Resolution; International Development; Security Policy; Int’l Politics; Africa; Middle East Studies

IAFF 2190W US 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Africa Regional Foundation; Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Int’l Politics; Contemporary Cultures and Societies; Conflict Resolution; Security Policy; International Development; Africa

IAFF 2190W Foreign Policy Decision Making

This course is designed to introduce you to the major psychological approaches used to explain foreign policy decision-making. It will cover topics in personality, cognition, and environmental constraints, and it will offer you an opportunity to learn and to practice the basic conceptual and methodological skills necessary for scholarly and policy research. Each week we will highlight a different analytic perspective, an important historical case, and a classic conceptual critique.  In the early weeks, we will draw attention to the impact of people in groups and groups in governments, and we will consider the influence of emotions and cybernetics on the policy-making process. In the later weeks, we will underscore the importance of individual leaders in foreign affairs, and concentrate our attention on the significance of personality, character, beliefs, and images, and even the unconscious judgment process itself. Throughout the semester we will seek to link various perspectives to contemporary issues and concerns in world affairs.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Int’l Politics; International Economics; Security Policy; International Development

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 outcome of the course rewarding.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Middle East Regional Foundation; Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Int’l Politics; Contemporary Cultures and Societies; Conflict Resolution; Security Policy; International Development; Middle East Studies

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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Int’l Politics; Contemporary Cultures and Societies; Conflict Resolution; Security Policy; International Development

IAFF 3180 Cyber and Security

Overview of the cyber domain’s impact on international relationships and the development of security policies.  Focus on modern cyber events that generated diplomatic, informational, military, and economic reactions by governments, international organizations, and alliances.  Strategic challenges and opportunities with partners, allies, and adversaries in the cyber domain.

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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Int’l Environmental Studies (EFCG); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

IAFF 3180 NATO’s Strategic Challenges

Both sides of the Atlantic have argued that Putin’s actions in Ukraine and Syria threaten more than the U.S.’ strategic calculus or the EU’s regional security: but fundamentally challenge the Western-led order. Transatlantic sanctions against the Kremlin will test whether the West can still modify the behavior of nations that challenge this order. Current political circumstances have muddled this already complex picture.  Donald Trump’s inauguration, as well as elections in Europe, suggest that the recent features of Western responses to the Russian challenge might soon be obsolete – including in such fundamental respects as the role of NATO and EU-U.S. relations. Western reactions to Putin’s Russia, therefore, provide 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Europe & Eurasia (ERCC); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Int’l Economics (EFCF); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

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. 

This course may be used for the following requirements: Int’l Politics; Security Policy; Conflict Resolution

IAFF 3181 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Conflict Resolution; Int’l Politics; Security Policy

IAFF 3181 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 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Conflict Resolution; Int’l Politics; Security Policy

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 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Int’l Development; Int’l Politics; Security Policy; Asian Studies

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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Conflict Resolution; Contemporary Cultures and Societies; Int’l Economics; Int’l Development; Int’l Environmental Studies

IAFF 3183 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 in 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Contemporary Cultures and Societies; Global Public Health; Int’l Development; Int’l Politics

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.

This course may be used in the following concentrations: Conflict Resolution; Contemp. Cultures & Societies; Global Public Health; Int’l Development; Int’l Politics; Security Policy

IAFF 3183 Gender, Peace and Security in Africa

This course provides an introduction to inter-sectional feminist approaches to peace in security. It examines gender and the multiple roles of women, men, boys and girls in the continuum of conflict. Focusing on a few African cases, this class connects theory and practice by considering the politics, theories and practices stemming from Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security’s normative framework and encourages students to engage with critical feminist security and IR literature from the Global South to challenge the hegemonic discourses and practices in the discipline. The course thematically covers issues such as war and militarism, agency and demobilization of armed actors; conflict dynamics and wartime violence; peace processes; post-war reconstruction and transitional justice.

IAFF 3186  Central Asia between the East and the West

Central Asia remains one of the world’s least-understood regions, despite being a significant theater for muscle-flexing by the great powers and regional players. This course will comprehensively explore the international and domestic challenges facing the five states of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan – and also make “excursions” to Afghanistan, Xinjiang, and Mongolia. It will enable students to position Central Asia on the chessboard of international affairs through assessment of post-Cold War geostrategic changes, integration into the world economy, security and energy issues, interaction with the main external actors such as Russia, the United States, China, and Iran, and regional politics (authoritarian regimes, Islam and Islamism, ‘color’ revolutions and social mobilizations).

This course may be used for the following requirements: Int’l Politics; Asian Studies; European and Eurasian Studies

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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Asia Regional Foundations; Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Conflict Resolution; Int’l Development; Int’l Politics; Security Policy; Asian Studies

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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Contemporary Cultures and Societies; Int’l Development; Int’l Politics; Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

IAFF 3187 Political Economy of Latin America- 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 developmental pathways. This advanced upper-level seminar will focus on the politics of economic policymaking in Latin America.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Int’l Economics (EFCF); Latin America (ERCD)

IAFF 3187 Immigration and Weak States: The Case of Central America

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. Please NOTE this course is cross-listed with a graduate section

This course may be used for the following requirements: Int’l Development; Int’l Politics; Security Policy; Latin American and  Hemispheric Studies

IAFF 3187 Latin America in Motion: Indigenous Media and 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 a screening of relevant films, video, and television productions and geographic areas of emphasis include Mexico, Cuba, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Please NOTE this course is cross-listed with a graduate section.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Humanities; Contemporary Cultures and Societies; Latin American and  Hemispheric Studies

IAFF 3187 Security in the Americas

The nations of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, spanning from Canada to the tip of Chile, are home to massive resource deposits, some of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, and numerous hubs of innovation and growth. Nonetheless, the Americas remain dogged by some of the highest homicide rates and inequality levels in the world. Whether as a result of narcotraffickers dueling for turf on the US-Mexico border or gangs extorting small businesses in El Salvador, public security has become the number one concern of the region’s citizens and—as the region closest to the US—tremendous cause for concern for policymakers from Washington to El Paso. This course will explore the origins of today’s high levels of crime and violence, its role in and impact on societies, a review of U.S. security assistance efforts, prospects for enduring policies to provide durable solutions, and an exploration of the future threat environment. Please NOTE this course is cross-listed with a graduate section.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Latin America (ERCD); Security Policy (EFCI)

IAFF 3188 Security Issues in the Greater Middle East

In this course, students will make a thorough semester-long study of a single country of their choice by examining the relationship between security and a range of politico-social issues including democracy, tribalism, sectarianism, natural resources, the status of women and minorities, labor, and official (state-sponsored) narratives. Driving questions will include the key domestic challenges that could lead to internal instability and major sources of external security threats. 

This course may be used for the following requirements: Middle East Regional Foundation; Security Policy; Middle East Studies

IAFF 3188 Afghanistan and Iraq: Does Intervention Work?

For the United States, the first two decades of the 21stcentury has seen continuous warfare, ignited by the Al Qaeda attacks on 9/11 and followed by major U.S. military interventions in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. In recent years, new challenges and threats have emerged, including the civil war in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State, or ISIS. While it will take more time to fully evaluate the legacy of the U.S. interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq --plus the non-intervention of the U.S. in Syria and what the future holds for extremist groups like ISIS -- it is not too soon to ask three fundamental questions: what’s gone right, what’s gone wrong, and what lessons have we learned? In short, the aim of this course is to understand what makes interventions work and fail.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Conflict Resolution; Int’l Politics; Security Policy; Middle East Studies

IAFF 3188 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Middle East (ERCE)

IAFF 3188 Iran – U.S. Relations 

Since a CIA-backed coup in 1953 against a popular Iranian prime minister, Iran, and the U.S. 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 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Int’l Politics; Security Policy

IAFF 3190 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Conflict Resolution; Int’l Politics; Security Policy

IAFF 3190 The 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: International Environmental Studies (EFCG); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

IAFF 3190 Africa Declassified

This course examines how US intelligence analysis on sub-Saharan Africa has evolved from the 1950s to the 2000s, and what are the challenges, pitfalls, and opportunities for foreign policy practitioners. The class will alternate between close readings of declassified intelligence and policy documents to thematic discussions on trends in Africa and the analytic tradecraft underpinning support to US decision making on sub-Saharan Africa.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Int’l Politics; Security Policy; Africa

IAFF 3190 Women, Rights and 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. 

This course may be used for the following requirements: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Conflict Resolution; Int’l Development; Int’l Politics

IAFF 3190 China and Africa

This undergraduate class operates as a seminar and looks at the totality of the China-Africa relationship both historically and on the basis of its current relations. It covers topical issues such as trade, aid, investment, security, political relations, and soft power and reviews China’s relations with each of the 54 nations in North and Sub-Saharan Africa. The primary text is China and Africa: A Century of Engagement by David Shinn and Joshua Eisenman supplemented by a number of readings. I will assume that students have read the required material before each class so that they can discuss it seminar style in class.  The grade is based on two 8 to 10-page research papers, one oral presentation, class discussion, and attendance.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Africa Regional Foundation; Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Int’l Politics; Int’l Development; Security Policy; Africa; Asian Studies 

IAFF 3190 Religion in International Affairs

As modernization theory took hold of the minds of academicians and policy-makers in the last century, the standard notion was that the influence of religion in public affairs would diminish or disappear into the purely personal or private dimensions of people’s lives. We will try to make the case that religious agency, communities, ideas, and institutions still play a part in 21st-century public affairs, and especially in the fields of international relations and foreign policy.  This course will be built on several foundations; the first is the current and recent theory when it comes to religion’s activism in international affairs.  We will take an in-depth look at several broad sectors where religious engagement has increased in the post-Cold War and new millennium periods, such as religion and conflict/violence, religion and peace-building, religion and economic affairs, religion and human rights, religion and the global environment, and the growth of religious institutions in foreign affairs.  

This course may be used for the following requirements: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Conflict Resolution; Contemporary Cultures and Societies; Int’l Development; Int’l Politics

IAFF 3190 Women and 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. 

This course may be used for the following requirements: Contemporary Cultures and Societies; Int’l Politics; Africa

IAFF 3190 Refugee & 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Int’l Development (EFCE); International Politics (EFCH)  

IAFF 3190 Ethnic and Religion 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 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 peacetime and wartime 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.  

This course may be used for the following requirements: Int’l Politics; Security Policy

IAFF 3190 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.  

This course may be used for the following requirements: Anthropology/Geography; Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Conflict Resolution; Contemporary Cultures and Societies; Global Public Health; Int’l Development

IAFF 3190 Security and Development

Historically, the United States has sought to balance, in different political contexts and geographic settings, realist, and liberal foreign policy approaches. This course examines this dialectic through the prisms of national security and international development. The course presents the evolution of national security and international development in the US historical context and examines the conceptual frames that dictate US responses to the rise of such contemporary challenges as the rise of non-state actors, the threat posed by violent extremism, the consequences of climate change and the impact of intra-state conflicts. Students will be exposed to the roles of the multiple actors engaged in national security and international development policy and implementation, and to cases studies that demonstrate the critical interaction between these two themes in both conflict and non-conflict settings.

IAFF 3190 Human Rights Narratives

When we study human rights we typically immerse ourselves in a combination of fields: political science, law, development studies, philosophy, history, and sociology – amongst others. Much of what we study addresses abstract principles or aggregate data – it often neglects to address the subjective lived experiences of individuals and their personal narratives. This course seeks to situate human rights in precisely those experiences and testimonies that may be overlooked, in the academic study generally and in the field of international affairs in particular. The texts we will study touch upon the three thematic concerns of the course:

1.       Personal testimonies of survivors of human rights violations

2.       Profiles of human rights defenders, their values, actions, and achievements  

3.       How global policy and international affairs can be informed by personal narrative and the intersection of personal narrative, public policy, and international affairs

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!”

This course may be used for the following requirements: Contemp. Cultures & Societies; Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems; Conflict Resolution; Int’l Politics; Security Policy; Europe and Eurasia

IAFF3190 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Conflict Resolution (EFCB);  Int’l & Comp. Politics Advanced Fundamentals (ESIP); Int’l Politics (EFCH)

IAFF 3191W Latin American Populism in Global Context

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 3192 ESIA Undergraduate Scholars Workshop

IAFF 3195 Internship

IAFF 3198 Independent Study and Research

IAFF 4191W Foreign Policy Decision Making Research Seminar

This course is designed to introduce you to the major psychological approaches used to explain foreign policy decision-making. It will cover topics in personality, cognition, and environmental constraints, and it will offer you an opportunity to learn and to practice the basic conceptual and methodological skills necessary for scholarly and policy research. Each week we will highlight a different analytic perspective, an important historical case, and a classic conceptual critique. In the early weeks, we will draw attention to the impact of people in groups and groups in governments, and we will consider the influence of emotions and cybernetics on the policy-making process. In the later weeks, we will underscore the importance of individual leaders in foreign affairs, and concentrate our attention on the significance of personality, character, beliefs, and images, and even the unconscious judgment process itself. Throughout the semester we will seek to link various perspectives to contemporary issues and concerns in world affairs.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Comp. Political, Economic & Social Systems (EFCA); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

IAFF 4199 Senior Thesis

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 Intro to International Affairs: A Washington Perspective

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 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 2040 Career Development and Internship Preparation 

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.

IAFF 2040 Global Insights 

See department for meeting location. 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 2040 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 2040 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 2090 Latin America: Problems and 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 2094 The EU & Its Member States  

This courses examines the development of the European Union; the structure and activities of its institutions;  current policy issues such as Brexit, immigration, and foreign relations; and the role of EU Member States.

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.

IAFF 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.

IAFF 2190W National Security, Foreign and Intelligence Policy 

The course will focus on the national security, foreign policy, and intelligence process that the US government goes through following a severe international crisis such as 9/11. The course will explore the ways in which 9/11 challenged the prevailing historical and cultural awareness of international affairs related to terrorism, tested the government's ability to assemble a common factual record of what happened, and prompted the legislative and executive branches of government to undertake significant reforms.

IAFF 2190W Terrorism and 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.

IAFF 2191 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 2192 Russia and Eastern Europe: Intro 

A multidisciplinary introduction to the vast and complex region of Eurasia stretching from the countries to the immediate east of Germany, through Russian and the Central Asian and Caucasian countries of the former Soviet Union. The course will be a lecture with various blended assignments and guest lectures by GW and outside experts on specific aspects of the history, culture, economics and politics of this important world region.

IAFF 2193 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 2194 Europe: International and 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 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 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.

This course may be used for the following requirements: Conflict Resolution (EFCB); Int’l Development (EFCE); Int’l Economics (EFCF); Int’l Environmental Studies (EFCG); Int’l Politics (EFCH); Security Policy (EFCI)

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 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 3180W International Politics and Security Policy 

This course is designed to give students a firm grounding in classic and contemporary issues in national and international security policy.  It will focus attention on addressing how leaders and advisors in states and societies around the world make choices of war and peace, and explore how individuals and groups might more effectively prevent, fight, or resolve pressing and deadly conflicts.  By drawing together insights from history, political science, and psychology, it will underscore the challenges faced by key decision-makers, and help you to hone the skills necessary for conducting original research and analysis on important policy problems. Each week we will highlight a distinctive scholarly debate, a particular research dilemma, and an important historical case.

IAFF 3181 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 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 3183 Environmentalism, International Development, and Sustainability 

This course examines environmentalism 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, which emphasizes the universality of certain environmental issues. In this course we shall take environmentalism as our object of inquiry. We will examine the intellectual basis of this movement, the role of science in the rhetoric of environmentalism, and the transnational assumptions which drive its practices. 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.

The course is divided into five sections. Part I introduces the key principles of cultural ecology. Part II examines the historical context of environmentalism, especially in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, the three countries that led industrialization in the 19th century. Part III examines environmentalism in contemporary popular culture, particularly films and advertising. Part IV focuses on the tensions between international development goals (improved material conditions for marginalized peoples, including increased consumption) and environmentalist campaigns aimed at limiting consumption and promoting sustainability. In the final section of this course we will analyze the discourse of sustainability through a series of case studies in conservation and development. These range from the plight of indigenous peoples in the Brazilian rainforest, the ethics of wildlife preserves in South Africa, and state conservation projects in Indonesia’s forests to environmental justice claims by Native Americans, state-directed conservation projects in China, and green tourism projects in Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica.

IAFF 3183 International Energy and 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 Non-Russians in the USSR  

This course considers Soviet history through the experience of non-Russian ethnic groups, focusing on those in the Caucasus and Central Asia with Union-level republics that became independent post-Soviet successor states. Broadly speaking, the course is bounded by the historiographical argument that Soviet policies to promote ethnic national identity and minority professional cadres provided a local infrastructure that ultimately facilitated the disintegration of the USSR. We will look closely at the theories behind these policies, the methods of their implementation in local contexts, and the results of these political and cultural initiatives. Key themes include the Soviet Union as empire; the coexistence of Soviet agendas of ethnic particularism and pan-Soviet identity; the construction of national identity and its projection both inside and beyond the home republic; and culture, history, and performance in the service of identity-formation in both the Soviet and post-Soviet contexts.

IAFF 3185 Islam & Ethnicity Central Asia 

This course is intended to give students the analytical and conceptual tools to understand the important role of Islam and ethnicity in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan,

Tajikistan, Turkmenistan) today. We will examine the reshaping of the Islamic religion and political Islams in the context of defining new national identities since the collapse of the Soviet Union; systems of political and religious patronage and corruption; ethno-nationalism and interethnic tensions; and Islamic social activism in the context of the accelerated economic changes of Eurasian politics.

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.

IAFF 3185 Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia  

Is the Ukrainian crisis only the tip of the iceberg of re- nationalisms in the Russian-Eurasian space? This class will discuss identity politics and nation-building in the former Soviet world. It will examine the Soviet legacy in the present-day shaping of national identities, the region’s current citizenship policies and nationhood ideologies, the different ethnic conflicts impacting the region, and the birth of de facto states. It will then explore the specificities of re-emerging nationalisms and of ideologies designed to consolidate nationhood in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic region, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

IAFF 3186 China and the World

China’s international footprint is now truly global—including regions like Latin America, Europe, Middle East, even the Arctic—where it has not previously had much of a presence or influence.  By many measures and indices—whether capabilities or influence—the PRC is becoming a true major power. This course surveys the different elements of China's roles in world affairs--economic, technological, cultural, intellectual, diplomatic, military--and its impact on international relations. The course will examine China's bilateral and multilateral relations in different regions. Students will learn many details of China's "rise," gain broad exposure to the excellent literature on these topics, and will undertake different projects meant to develop their academic and professional skills.

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 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 Politics of the Past in Korea

How does our understanding of the past shape contemporary geopolitics? This course uses the ancient past of Korea as a lens to understand political tensions in Korea and East Asia today. We will explore topics such as the relationship between ancient mythology and North Korean propaganda, why Iron Age kingdoms still cause diplomatic incidents between China, Korea, and Japan, the reason the first modern historians saw the Bronze Age as a source of national identity, and more.

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.

IAFF 3187 Economic and 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 3187 Conflict and Contestation in Latin America 

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.

IAFF 3188 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 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 New African Security Frontier  

The often overlooked trans-saharan and sahel regions of Africa have taken on increasing strategic importance to the United States since the 2010-11 Arab spring uprisings and subsequent civil wars and communal conflicts. While the entire region underwent tremendous change after 2011, perhaps the most significant outcome of the Arab spring was that it underscored and deepened complex political, economic and geostrategic relationships across north, west, and Sahelian Africa. Eight years later, each of the countries that make up the Trans-Saharan-Sahel region—Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria—faces unique yet important transnational security challenges and opportunities deeply intertwined with the political and security policy path each country has taken. This course will examine and problematize a number of local, national and transnational security-related issues—rebellion, civil war, terrorism, counterterrorism, foreign fighters, militaries, religion, historical narratives, gender and youth identities and issues, informal economy and economic policy, political and security sector reform, health and education policy, natural resources, external threats, refugee and migration issues, transnational security cooperation, and the role of Europe and the United States. This course will pay special attention to the changing contemporary sahelo-saharan security environment, but will also dive into each country’s and the entire region’s history to understand how the Saharan-Sahel region evolved to its current situation. We will look at colonial legacies, the rise of various strands of Islamism, secular-religious tensions, changing demographics, and external actors. Students will have the opportunity to practice advocating policy positions and engage in a role-playing exercise.

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 Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa is a diverse, complex region whose topography, natural resources, multi-ethnic groups and varied interests all have contributed to armed conflict and regional wars. Over the last fifty years, the Horn has undergone massive transformation through successive governments, interstate and intrastate wars, natural disasters and humanitarian crises. This course will introduce students to the modern political history of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia and examine the challenges of identity, state formation and the nexus between conflict, identity and development. The specific themes that will be covered include post-colonization independence, reoccurring and systematic conflict, humanitarian crises, and the role of civil society in development. The course will also focus on the Horn’s relations with the United States and its foreign assistance, security, and development priorities in the region.

IAFF 3190 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 3190 Humanitarian Assistance and 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 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 3190 Global Financial Crises  

In this course, we use the analytical tools of economic history, the history of economic policy-making and the history of economic thought, to study episodes of financial turbulence and crisis spanning the last three centuries. Our purpose is twofold: On the one hand, we explore the principal causes of a variety of different manias, panics and crises, as well as their consequences – both national and international. On the other hand, we focus on the way economic actors, economic theorists and policy-makers responded to these phenomena. Thus, we will also discuss bailouts, sovereign debt crises and bankruptcies, hyperinflations and global recessions, including the most recent global financial crisis of 2008 and the policy measures used to address it. What is more, emphasis shall be placed on the theoretical framework with which contemporary economists sought to conceptualize each crisis, its interplay with policy-making, as well as the possible changes in theoretical perspective that may have been precipitated by the experience of the crises themselves.

IAFF 3190 International Business and 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 and 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 Hip Hop and 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 3190 Law of Diplomacy 

This course is intended to develop a detailed understanding of the sources of law that comprise American diplomacy, its scope and limitations, how diplomacy relates to other instruments of national power, and the legal parameters under which diplomats operate. The course is divided into three parts. The focus of this course begins from the practitioner’s viewpoint; specifically, how diplomats and diplomatic missions function, what privileges and immunities are accorded, and how US interests are represented abroad. The second third of the course discusses the legal authority under which US foreign policy goals are achieved within a domestic legal framework. The last third of the course will discuss the role and function of international organizations and the application of international treaties within US’ legal regimes. Specific case studies, such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), EP-3 Incident with China, trade disputes through the WTO, and the UN/NATO intervention in the former Yugoslavia will be discussed. Other topics include the implementation of tariffs on foreign exports and Operation Balkan Vice. The instructor will provide insight on all these case studies as she was present as a diplomat in China and Bosnia during these events. As well, officials who were instrumental in the implementation of these foreign policy initiatives will guest lecture via video/teleconference. The law of warfare and the role of the military will be briefly discussed, but only in relation to diplomacy and multilateral agreements. This will be a moderately intensive reading course, emphasizing critical reading, analysis, and group discussion. The assigned readings will include conceptual, legal, and historical materials to provide a framework for examining bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, domestic and legal mechanisms to execute diplomatic objectives, and the contexts in which foreign affairs are conducted.

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 Human Rights Successes 

This course examines successful efforts to expand and deepen the respect, protection, and fulfillment of human rights globally. It focuses on efforts of organizing, advocacy, campaigning, political engagement, policy change, and education that have tangibly, substantially, and meaningfully advanced the practice and realization of human rights. It considers both historical and contemporary human rights advancements and addresses the dynamic nature of human rights protection and fulfillment. The course considers how and why these human rights efforts have been successful and what we can learn from and apply from them in seeking to further advance human rights. The full spectrum of human rights including civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights will be addressed in the course. 

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 3190 Women and 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 3193W ESIA Undergraduate Scholars Course 

The Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars program is an enhanced independent research opportunity for promising Elliott School undergraduates.  The program provides Scholars with support and resources to produce polished and meaningful work that can be submitted for publication, conference participation, or as part of grant, fellowship, or graduate study applications.  Students meet weekly to learn how to conduct research and how to use that work to help advance their academic and professional plans.  They work closely with faculty advisors and Elliott School graduate student mentors and benefit from peer feedback and support.

IAFF 3195 Internship

IAFF 3195 Internship

IAFF 3198 Independent Study and Research

IAFF 4191W Europe in Crisis Research Seminar 

This course examines the history and development of postwar European integration, the structure and processes of the European Union, and EU and national policies. It is a Writing-in-the-Discipline course. In addition to imparting knowledge about the EU, the course aims to improve analytical, writing and presentational skills through the preparation of a 20-page research paper, brief written assignments, and an oral briefing. By following instructions and carrying out the assignments successfully, students should be able to analyze institutional, political, economic and social dynamics of the EU and Member States, critically evaluate literature on these topics; formulate policy recommendations; conduct research systematically and write clearly. Department approval required to register.

IAFF 4191W International Policy and Security Policy 

This course is designed to give students a firm grounding in classic and contemporary issues in national and international security policy.  It will focus attention on addressing how leaders and advisors in states and societies around the world make choices of war and peace, and explore how individuals and groups might more effectively prevent, fight, or resolve pressing and deadly conflicts.  By drawing together insights from history, political science, and psychology, it will underscore the challenges faced by key decision-makers, and help you to hone the skills necessary for conducting original research and analysis on important policy problems. Each week we will highlight a distinctive scholarly debate, a particular research dilemma, and an important historical case.

IAFF 4199 Senior Thesis

IAFF 2040 Basic Topics in Intl 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 2190 International Orgs & Global Governance

 

This course provides an overview of major international organizations and investigates how they effect change in global governance. Students will learn about the political cooperation needed to successfully negotiate responses to global financial crises and promote multilateral trade agreements, as well as confront challenges to international security and environmental concerns. Importantly, by understanding how international organizations, such as the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization influence global peace and security, as well as economic and human development, students will be better positioned to assess the role played by emerging economies and newly formed international organizations, such as the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank.

This course is intended for high school students only.

IAFF 3181 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 3190 Religion in International Affairs

As modernization theory took hold of the minds of academicians and policy-makers in the last century, the standard notion was that the influence of religion in public affairs would diminish or disappear into the purely personal or private dimensions of people’s lives. We will try to make the case that religious agency, communities, ideas, and institutions still play a part in 21st-century public affairs, and especially in the fields of international relations and foreign policy.  This course will be built on several foundations; the first is the current and recent theory when it comes to religion’s activism in international affairs.  We will take an in-depth look at several broad sectors where religious engagement has increased in the post-Cold War and new millennium periods, such as religion and conflict/violence, religion and peace-building, religion and economic affairs, religion and human rights, religion and the global environment, and the growth of religious institutions in foreign affairs. 

IAFF 3190 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 3190 Issues in Middle East Security

In this course, students will make a thorough semester-long study of a single country of their choice by examining the relationship between security and a range of politico-social issues including democracy, tribalism, sectarianism, natural resources, the status of women and minorities, labor, and official (state-sponsored) narratives. Driving questions will include the key domestic challenges that could lead to internal instability and major sources of external security threats.

IAFF 3195 Internship

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

IAFF 3198 Independent Study and Research

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

IAFF 2040 Basic Topics in Intl 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 3181 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 3190 Religion in International Affairs

As modernization theory took hold of the minds of academicians and policy-makers in the last century, the standard notion was that the influence of religion in public affairs would diminish or disappear into the purely personal or private dimensions of people’s lives. We will try to make the case that religious agency, communities, ideas, and institutions still play a part in 21st-century public affairs, and especially in the fields of international relations and foreign policy. This course will be built on several foundations; the first is the current and recent theory when it comes to religion’s activism in international affairs. We will take an in-depth look at several broad sectors where religious engagement has increased in the post-Cold War and new millennium periods, such as religion and conflict/violence, religion and peace-building, religion and economic affairs, religion and human rights, religion and the global environment, and the growth of religious institutions in foreign affairs.

IAFF 3190 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 3190 Issues in Middle East Security

In this course, students will make a thorough semester-long study of a single country of their choice by examining the relationship between security and a range of politico-social issues including democracy, tribalism, sectarianism, natural resources, the status of women and minorities, labor, and official (state-sponsored) narratives. Driving questions will include the key domestic challenges that could lead to internal instability and major sources of external security threats.