Human Rights and Security

Causes of War and Peace

Leading theories on war and peace, highlighting the causes and consequences of WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. 

Threats to World Order

Variety of global crises and challenges that pose threats to world order. Population growth; scarcities of food, energy, and non-fuel minerals; vulnerability of industrial states to resource scarcities; nuclear proliferation; arms racing; and terrorism. 

From National to Human Security 

Provide a solid understanding of the historical and theoretical debates related to security studies within the subfield of international relations. Traditional and "new threats" to security as it relates to world order. How nation-states are responding to these threats-namely through multilateral, multi-level strategies based on certain assumptions of governance. 

Globalization, Human Rights and Diversity

Sources of globalization, its various forms, and how it triggers resistance from those who wish to preserve the local and particular from globalizing influences. 

Conflict and Development in Africa

Uses knowledge, theories, methods, and historical perspectives appropriate to the social sciences to understand the causes of conflict and development in Africa. Pays attention to the diversity of conflict and development-related experiences on the continent. 

Transnational Criminal Networks

Causes, consequences and aftermath of drugs and thugs (war criminals, drugs/arms traffickers and modern-day caudillos, among others) and their role in contemporary international and human security. 

American Foreign Policy and the Use of the Military 

Military action as an instrument of American foreign policy. Constitutional basis of the president's and Congress's war powers; assessments of the role of the White House, Congress, CIA, sneior pentagon officials, the American public, and military alliances- NATO and coalitions of the willing-in supporting and directing the use of military action abroad; and the political and strategic consequences of various American applications of military force.

International Human Rights

Development of international norms on human rights and attempts to implement those standards. Emphasis on political process, with attention to law, philosophy, economics, and culture. Coverage of the United Nations, regional organizations, private agencies, and national foreign policies. 

State Terror

Use of terror as an instrument of state policy. A series of case studies of large scale politically based killings. Why and which states use terror and politicide against their own citizens. 

Problems in International Law and Organization

Selected issues in international law and organization. Content varies. Includes: US Senate's treatment of treaties, use of customary law by US courts, current cases before the World Court, leading legal issues handled by the UN Security Council and General Assembly, etc. 

Ethnic Conflict and Identity

Theories of nationalism and ethnic conflict. Case studies of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The post-Cold War era as multi-polar and multi-civilizational. The states and different cultures that compete for influence and authority to dominate the "New World order." The division of the world along ethnic, religious, and class lines rather than by ideology. The future of international politics and the reassessment of the causes of "conflicts of culture" and their containment. 

Insurgency, Guerrilla Warfare, and Terrorism

Nature, strategies, and mechanics of insurgency, guerrilla warfare and terrorism, where they fit in the spectrum of conflict, and various techniques and methods for analyzing them.