Foreign Affairs Electives

POL 465: International Politics of the Middle East (Cross-listed: MENAS 465)

This course is designed to introduce you to the international politics of the Middle East and therefore, provides a general overview of some of the main issues of contemporary Middle Eastern Politics.

POL 441: Arab-Israeli Conflict (Cross-listed: MENAS 441)

Traces the birth and growth of the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948 with particular attention to the internal impediments to conflict resolution on both the Arab and Israeli sides. Also surveys the role of the Great Powers in Middle East politics generally.

POL 364: Development in 20th Century Latin America (Cross-listed LAS 364)

This course offers a general introduction to contemporary Latin America from the perspective of political economy. It will focus on structural factors to help explain the main political, social and economic trends in the region. The overall goal of the course is to provide the basic, historical tools for understanding the current challenges that this region confronts.

POL 348: Drug Wars and Oil Fortunes in Latin America (Cross-listed: LAS 348)

With a focus on Latin America, this course examines the historical, comparative, and current dynamics of two global commodities: illicit drugs and oil. These commodities ¿ which depend on a U.S. consumer base ¿ generate unfathomable wealth and unrelenting violence at local, national, and international levels. We follow them from extraction and production through consumption, examining socioeconomic and environmental impacts, their relationship to state corruption, and possible strategies for responding to the problems they create.

POL 485: National Security Policy

Decision-making structures, processes, and outcomes relevant to American security policy; comparison with major foreign powers.

POL 479: Intelligence and U.S. National Security (Cross-listed: PA 479)

Overview of the role of intelligence in the formulation and execution of US national security policy. Will include a detailed look at challenges facing both the analysis of intelligence information and the introduction of that analysis into the national security policy process. Will also entail close reading and discussion of selected declassified intelligence documents.

POL 478H: Intelligence Analysis: The US Experience

This course will focus on strategic intelligence analysis in the US context: the analysis of major foreign trends and situations prepared for the President and other top national security officials.  It will examine the role of analysis in the overall intelligence process, the basic components of analysis, and several of the crucial challenges that analysis faces in helping policymakers understand the current global environment.

POL 443: Russian Politics

Surveys the Russian political system, its Soviet authoritarian past, and its evolution and democratic potential. Focus on the decision-making process, political elites, and policies. Passing comparative attention to other former Soviet Union (FSU) countries.

POL 413: Human Security

Human security is an emerging paradigm that places individuals, rather than states, at the center of security considerations. This course is designed to provide a foundational understanding of the concept of human security, and the ways in which human security challenges have been addressed by the international community.

POL 360: International Political Economy

Analysis of politics of international economics and, to a lesser extent, of the economic determinants of international politics. Survey of the history of international political economy and theories that seek to explain it.

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