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SISU-330 Topics in National Security and Foreign Policy (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including U.S. defense politics, transnational security challenges, national security and proliferation, and critical global challenges. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-230.

SISU-330 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: The End of the Cold War
For almost fifty years, the world was largely defined by the Cold War's ideological and geographic terms. To the surprise of almost all observers, it ended without widespread destruction or loss of life. This course explores the end of the Cold War chronologically and thematically. The course begins by examining efforts at detente in the 1970s and ends with the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the reunification of Germany, and the breakup of the Soviet Union. The assigned readings and class discussion helps students assess the causes and effects of the end of the Cold War as understood by participants at the time and current observers such as political scientists and historians. For example, students study the power of personality, examining the roles of United States President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Students also examine key developments such as ongoing arms control negotiations and the rise of the Polish trade union movement. In addition, during the semester students evaluate how culture, the economy, politics, human rights activism, Western ideas, and nationalism each contributed to the end of the Cold War. The objectives of this course are to promote critical, analytical thinking about Cold War history and to encourage students to think in an international context to develop their own interpretation of the evolution and significance of the end of the Cold War. In addition, the assignments are structured to strengthen students' oral and written communication skills, including those of persuasion, argumentation, and presentation. Meets with HIST-396 006.
SISU-330 002
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Negotiating Global Challenges
The twenty-first century presents daunting challenges to U.S. foreign policy. Instability looms large and it is clear that the future U.S. role as a global leader is anything but assured. This course addresses the critical questions of how the United States has confronted serious policy challenges in the past and what U.S. policymakers need to do in the coming years to preserve American power, further U.S. interests, and enhance global stability. Students draft policy memos, conduct debates, and partake in simulations focused on the issues of paramount concern to U.S. foreign policy makers.
SISU-330 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Domestic Sources of United States Foreign Policy
This course focuses on the societal forces of United States foreign policy including the media, interest groups, and public opinion. The course considers the extent to which leaders can shape public opinion and the extent to which their actions are constrained by domestic politics.
SISU-330 004
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Northeast Asia Regional Dynamics
This course examines the security, political, and economic issues involving the major and middle powers in Northeast Asia: China, Japan, and the two Koreas. Readings for the course focus on the current policy debates as well the conceptual/theoretical issues that inform these debates, including the resiliency of alliances in the post-Cold War and global terrorism environments; economic growth and energy/resource needs; national memory and historical animosities; democratization and modernization; multilateralism; and the role of the United States in this globally critical region.
SISU-330 005
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Israeli Foreign Policy 1948-2015
Israeli foreign policy is at a crossroads as the world is witnessing a realignment of the great powers (United States, China, and Russia) while the political landscape of the Middle East is rapidly changing. Israeli foreign policy needs to adapt to the new global and regional realities as it faces its strategic challenges. This course reviews the history and evolution of Israel's foreign policy, examines the principles that have governed it in times of war and times of peace, and analyzes challenges facing Israel globally, regionally, and bilaterally. The course analyzes major trends and developments in Israel's relations with not only its neighbors, but the European Union, Eastern Mediterranean nations, the United Nations, Russia and the former Soviet Bloc, East Asia with an emphasis on China and India, Africa, and Latin America, and how Israeli diplomacy copes with changes in an effort to advance Israel's strategic goals.
SISU-330 002
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
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