Courses for Fall 2013
Jonathan Cristol / Director, BGIA
The Core Seminar examines key concepts in the study of international affairs including: states; anarchy; the balance of power; cooperation; and more. The conceptual, rather than theoretical, approach allows students from all backgrounds to succeed in the class. The class situates the students' internships in the broader study of international affairs by examining the role of NGOS, IGOs, think-tanks, multi-national corporations, and transnational networks in the international system.
Scott Silverstone / Associate Professor of International Relations, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
From the Peloponnesian War among the Greek city-states in the 5th century B.C., to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and America's invasion of Iraq in 2003, power has remained a central feature of world politics, motivating the behavior of states and nonstate actors alike. Yet the character and distribution of power has changed dramatically since the rise of the modern state system in the 17th century. For nearly two decades now, American primacy has defined the global power structure. This fact is an historic anomaly; at no time in history has any one state amassed the degree of military, economic, and political power the United States now enjoys. In fact, contemporary American foreign policy is premised on the assertion that the United States must sustain its primacy against any potential challengers for the indefinite future.
Joel Rosenthal / President, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Thucydides punctuates his history of the Peloponnesian war with the quote of the Athenian generals, ‘The strong do what they will, the weak do what they must.’ In the twentieth century, this sentiment is echoed by the great realists, Hans Morganthau and Henry Kissinger, who argued that power and interest were the guideposts for foreign policy. What values guide us as we make choices about the use of force, resolving conflict, promoting human rights, encouraging democracy and participating in international organizations. This course will examine competing claims of morality, reason and power in contemporary international relations.
Andrew Nagorski / Vice President and Director of Public Policy, EastWest Institute
This course will put a heavy emphasis on reporting, writing and developing the sensibilities needed for success as an international news correspondent. We will focus heavily on the techniques of the craft, always in the context of contemporary world events and the realities of modern English-language media. A series of lecturers, and a visit to one of New York City's great newsrooms, will be included during the semester. This is not a course for purists, but rather a broad look at a varied, complex discipline. We will examine briefly many of the topics an international journalist will confront today. We also will touch upon the broadcast and Internet skills that no journalist who strives to be in interesting places at interesting times can afford to ignore in this modern world.
Ambassador Joseph Melrose / Former Acting United States Representative for Management and Reform at the United Nations; former United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone
This course introduces students to the United Nations (UN) and its historical role in maintaining international peace and security. It will begin by looking at the origins, history and evolution of the organization, and of the UN system more broadly. Starting with an analysis of the founding of the League of Nations, its work during the inter-war period and the reasons for its eventual failure, the course will then trace the evolution of the League of Nations into the United Nations. We will study the UN Charter and its provisions for the maintenance of peace and security, and will compare and contrast the UN’s charter with that of its predecessor. An examination of the UN’s organizational structure and the evolution and key functions of its main organs will follow, and we will also touch upon the work of its agencies and their relevance for global security. The course will then turn to a comprehensive analysis of the UN’s efforts to maintain international peace and security over the course of the past six decades, and will focus on the UN’s work in the following areas: disarmament; the peaceful settlement of disputes and conflict prevention; peacekeeping operations; sanctions; peace enforcement; humanitarian intervention; post-conflict peacebuilding; territorial administration; and terrorism. To conclude, we will turn to UN reform and investigate whether the UN can be reformed effectively. The course will address a broad range of theoretical and practical questions, including the following: Whose interests does the UN really serve? What is the UN’s record on conflict prevention, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding? What is the nature of the UN-US relationship, and why has it been strained over the years?
James Creighton / Chief Operating Officer, EastWest Institute
The purpose of this class is to teach students the basics of counterinsurgency operations. Students will analyze counterinsurgency operations and understand the complex government, development and security considerations involved with defeating an insurgency and helping a legitimate government earn the respect of its people. The class will use case study reviews, personal experience, lectures, oral presentations, written requirements and practical exercises in order to emphasize lessons learned in counterinsurgency, analyze operational techniques, optimize all resources available, mitigate challenges and develop each student’s understanding of how to be successful in a complex environment. At the end of the course, students will have analyzed counterinsurgency operations and will be able to recognize effective operations, develop plans to mitigate challenges and understand how to maximize the impact of counterinsurgency operations.