Syllabi available upon request
- Global Nuclear Politics
The taming of the atom is one of the defining features of the modern era. The awesome creative and destructive potential of nuclear energy has had enormous impact on great power politics, the environment, economic development, and international institutions. Limiting the risk of nuclear Armageddon is one of the dominant challenges in US foreign policy and global governance alike. In this course, we will study 1) why and how countries pursue nuclear weapons and what happens when they acquire them; 2) the national policies and international regimes have been devised to curb their spread and use, while allowing for the diffusion of energy technology, 3) the transnational civil society movements that have fought to roll back the nuclear age or limit its harmful effects, and 4) the role of private actors such as scientists and corporations.
- Contemporary American Foreign Policy
This course provides a survey of American foreign policy since World War I. We will cover topics such as America’s entry into the Great War, the League of Nations and America’s role in global self-determination movements, the perennial battles between isolationism and internationalism, the creation of a US-led world order after 1945, Cold War nuclear strategy and nuclear nonproliferation, the modern domestic politics of foreign policy, the international dimensions of the civil rights movement, US covert action, the challenges of managing unipolarity, and contemporary issues of climate change, humanitarian intervention, terrorism, and international economic policy. This is an interdisciplinary course that marries American, Diplomatic and Military History with International Relations and Political Science. We will make ample use of primary sources and some data analysis. A good grasp of 20th century American and world history, and some familiarity with IR theory are not requirements but will prove helpful. By the end of the semester, students should have acquired a broad understanding of the most important foreign policy events of the last century and have the tools to analyze foreign policy decision-making.
- Global Perspectives on International Affairs (Listed at Georgetown as Gov-303, Fall 2014)
The course has two goals: (1) To introduce students to theories and concepts that highlight the importance of understanding the history and practice of international politics from a global perspective; and (2) to expose students to scholarly and policy thinking on international affairs from around the world. In particular, we read and discuss material from scholars and policy-makers from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East (particularly Brazil, China, India, Iran, Japan, Russia and Turkey). We will also read works from top international scholars specializing in these countries and regions as well as topics that cut across national and regional boundaries.
- Introduction to International Security
A general introduction to the subfield of international security, in which students will learn basic concepts and theories, and survey a selection of key topics and debates in the field. Students should finish the course with the toolkit necessary to deepen their knowledge of specific issues through independent study, and the necessary background to follow current debates in the top scholarly journals and presses. Students should think of this as a first step to participating in the scholarly debates on international security.
- New Research Agendas in International Security
A survey of recent and emerging research agendas in International Security. It focuses on new (or rediscovered) conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and empirical developments in International Security scholarship. The course will cover topics ranging from the very small, including neuroscience and the emerging focus on micro-foundations of international conflict, to the very large, including new structural approaches and the rise of Big Data. It will look to the distant past, as we talk about the resurgent interest in ancient international systems, and the near future, as we talk about forecasting conflict and crises. A central goal of the course is to help students design their own cutting-edge research projects.
- Race and International Politics
What is “race”? Does it play a role in international politics? How? This course is a tentative exploration of the topic of race in international politics. We will review the evolution and uses of the concept--from the early days of “scientific racism” to modern racial politics--and the roles race identities and racialized thinking have played in structuring international politics and informing US foreign policy since the 19th century.
- Multi-Method Research in International Relations
Multi-method (or mixed-methods) research has become the norm in International Relations scholarship. This course will offer students a primer on multi-methods research designs. It will cover contemporary methodological debates about the logics of inquiry in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and explore how different methods can be made to complement each other. It assumes basic familiarity with statistics and historical methods, but will present a broad survey of the predominant methods and some of their combined applications.