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Fall 2015-2016
POL 443 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Seminar in International Relations - The Military Instrument of Foreign Policy

Kevin McKiernan
Jacob N. Shapiro

This course examines the role of the military in the formulation and implementation of foreign policy. The course will cover the theory of civil-military relations and how the military influences foreign policy decision-making. We will investigate theories of conflict, nuclear war and deterrence, diverse forms of warfare, the efficacy of war termination strategies, and what future trends in warfare portends for the military instrument of foreign policy. The aim of the course is to help acquaint students with role of the military in the formulation and implementation of foreign policy and in the functioning of the international system.

Sample reading list:
Huntington, Samuel P., The Soldier and the State
McMasgter, H.R., Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara
Arnaud, Blin, Armed Groups and Intra-State Conflicts
Bacevich, Andrew, The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced
Bolger, Daniel P., Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account
Clarke, Richard and Robert K. Knake, Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Final 10-15 page paper due on Dean's Date. Presentation of final paper outline and comment on classmates' outlines.

Requirements/Grading:
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Classroom participation will be quite important.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21538 S01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Scheide Caldwell House   209   Enrolled:14 Limit:15