The central goals of this course are two fold. The first is to explore the national security concerns and perspectives for the major countries and regions of the world. The second is to understand the connection between alternative constructions of national security and the security policies of nation-states. This is a heavily analytical course; critical thinking is required equipment. Students are expected to take the concepts and theories discuss in class and use them to analyze issues confronting societies and the policy responses mounted by political leaders.
POLI.1210 International Relations, or POLI.1120 Introduction to Comparative Political Systems, and Sophomore level.