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International Politics
International Security Studies
Territory and Group Conflict in International Relations
Topics in International Relations: International Justice
Topics in International Relations: Terrorism, Civil Wars and Non-State Threats

Fall 2016

International Politics
This course introduces competing theories of international relations and evaluates their explanation of foreign policy decisions and general patterns in international relations over the last century. Broadly covering security policy and international political economy, topics include the causes of war, the role of international organizations to promote cooperation, and the interaction between domestic actors and governments in negotiations on trade and the environment.
Instructors: G. John Ikenberry
International Security Studies
Central topics in security studies, including some combination of the causes and nature of interstate war, various forms of intrastate conflict, deterrence, alliance formation, military doctrine, civil-military relations, arms control, and elite foreign policy decision making.
Instructors: Jacob N. Shapiro
Territory and Group Conflict in International Relations
This course explores the role that territory plays in a variety of contexts in international relations. Although territory has been shown to be empirically central to the majority of violent disputes, explanations for why this is the case lag behind the evidence. Students analyze and compare the role territory plays in international conflict, the settlement of disputes, international trade, the effectiveness of treaties, civil wars, the settlement of civil wars, third-party intervention in civil wars, and rebel groups' choice of terrorism or insurgency in civil conflict.
Instructors: David Blair Carter
Topics in International Relations: International Justice
Examines the politics and ethics of prosecuting war crimes. The course asks if international law can help to moderate or prevent war, why states sometimes pursue the prosecution of war criminals, and how law shapes and is shaped by international politics. Cases include Nuremberg and the aftermaths of World War I, the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, the recent wars in ex-Yugoslavia and Iraq, and Al-Qaeda's terrorism.
Instructors: Gary Jonathan Bass
Topics in International Relations: Terrorism, Civil Wars and Non-State Threats
This seminar is devoted to understanding (1) forms of political violence other than interstate war and (2) how policy makers can (and sometimes cannot) take action to ameliorate the threat from non-state violence. Course requires careful reading of 1-2 policy statements and 2-3 moderately technical articles each week on topics including: terrorism, the causes of civil war, the duration and cessation of civil war, the transition from violence to democracy, violence and social order, economic development and violence, the institutional structure of insurgent organizations, government violence and expropriation, revolution, and ethnic violence.
Instructors: Jacob N. Shapiro