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ISS-700S International Security Studies : Curriculum

May 2019


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Lesson 1: Grand Strategy

Dolman, Everett. Pure Strategy. New York: Frank Cass, 2005. [Not available outside of the course]

Mattis, James. Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America. Washington, D.C.: Department of Defense, 2018.

Trump, Donald J. The National Security Strategy of the United States of America. Washington, D.C.: The White House, December 2017.

Miller, Paul D. “Five Pillars of American Grand Strategy.” Survival 54, no. 5 (October/November 2012): 7–44.

Betts, Richard K. “Conflict or Cooperation? Three Visions Revisited.” Foreign Affairs 89, no. 6 (November/December 2010): 186–194. [Book Review]

Global Trends: Paradox of Progress – Part 3.” YouTube video, 1:12:15. “Office of the Director of National Intelligence,” 31 January 2017.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “The Future Summarized.” Global Trends. 2017.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “The Near Future: Tensions Are Rising.” Global Trends. 2017.

Lesson 2: Power, Polarity, and Transitions

Layne, Christopher. “The Unipolar Illusion Revisited: The Coming End of the United States' Unipolar Moment.International Security 31, no. 2 (Fall 2006): 7–41.

Brooks, Stephen G., and William C. Wohlforth. “The Once and Future Superpower: Why China Won’t Overtake the United States.Foreign Affairs 95, no. 3 (May/June 2016): 91–104.

Lemke, Douglas. “The Continuation of History: Power Transition Theory and the End of the Cold War.” Journal of Peace Research 34, no. 1, (February 1997): 23–36.

Lim, Yves-Heng. “Locating Transition: the Prospect for a US-China Transition in Asia.” Journal of Contemporary China 19, no. 67 (November 2010): 913–934.

Lesson 3: Political and Economic Liberalism

 “Democratic Peace Theory - A Short Introduction.” YouTube video, 1:57. “Minute Videos,” 27 November 2013.

Russett, Bruce, and John Oneal. Triangulating Peace: Democracy, Interdependence, and International Organizations. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. [Note: Not available outside of course]

Owen, John M. “How Liberalism Produces the Democratic Peace.” International Security 19, no.2 (Fall 1994): 87–125.

Mearsheimer, John J. “Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault: The Liberal Delusions that Provoked Putin.” Foreign Affairs 93, no. 5 (September-October 2014): 77–89.

Mingst, Karen A., and Ivan M. Arreguin-Toft. Essentials of International Relations, 5th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2011, 283–291. [Note: Not available outside of course]

The Bretton Woods Conference and Why It Is Important to You, in 5 Minutes.” YouTube video, 6:00. “Moments in Minutes,” 25 August 2015.

Radelet, Steven. “Prosperity Rising: The Success of Global Development, and How to Keep it Going.” Foreign Affairs 95, no. 1 (January/February 2016): 85–95.

Mukherjee, Bumba. “International Economic Organizations and Economic Development: An Assessment.” SAIS Review of International Affairs 28, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2008): 123–137.

Sundaram, Jomo Kwame, and Vladimir Popov. “The Best Approach to Economic Development is Pragmatism.” In 22 Ideas to Fix the World, edited by Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa, 356–376. New York: New York University Press and Social Science Research Council, 2013. [Note: Not available outside of the course]

Lesson 4: International Law

International Law Explained.” YouTube video, 4:36. “Big Think,” 23 April 2012.

Malanczuk, Peter. Akehurst's Modern Introduction to International Law, 7th ed. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Schachter, Oscar. “The UN Legal Order: An Overview.” In The United Nations and International Law, edited by Christopher C. Joyner. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.[Note: Not available outside of the course]

Brooks, Rosa. “Drones and the International Rule of Law.” Ethics & International Affairs 28, no. 1 (2014): 83–103.

deLisle, Jacques. “International Law in the Obama Administration's Pivot to Asia: The China Seas Disputes, The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Rivalry with the PRC, and Status Quo Legal Norms in U.S. Foreign Policy.” Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 48 (2016): 143–176.

Hehir, Aidan. “The Permanence of Inconsistency: Libya, the Security Council, and the Responsibility to Protect.” International Security 38, no. 1 (Summer 2013): 137–159.

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