Summer 2009
Fully Enrolled

SOCS 611
An Age of Danger?: International Security in the Post-September 11 World

Foyle,Douglas C.

08/10/2009 - 08/14/2009
Monday-Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Public Affairs Center 107

Are you safer today than you have ever been? The post-Cold War and post-September 11 era has seen the end of some threats to international security and the rise of others. Although the central threat of global nuclear war that infused the Cold War has receded, it has been replaced with a myriad threats that appear to belie easy solutions. This course considers alternative ways to conceive of "international security" and how differences in these perspectives can affect our response to international threats. The course focuses on the relationship between force and international security, the prospects for peace and conflict in specific regions of the world and some of the new vexing issues such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nationalism and ethnic conflict, economics, environmental issues, disease, and migration among other issues.

Sources to be studied include Dan Caldwell and Robert E. Williams, Jr. Seeking Security in an Insecure World, and selected readings from the main scholarly journal in this area (International Security) and the primary public intellectual journal (Foreign Affairs).

Students will be graded on class participation, 3 short papers, and one take-home final.

Course tuition: $2022

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus

Douglas Foyle (A.B. Stanford; M.A. and Ph.D. Duke University) is the Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of Government with specialties in U.S. Foreign Policy, international security, and the influence of public opinion and elections on foreign policy. In addition to articles and book chapters on the 2003 Iraq War, world public opinion on the Bush Doctrine, and the diversionary use of force, his book Counting the Public In: Presidents, Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy (Columbia University Press, 1999) considers the role that public opinion has on American foreign policy decision making. Among other projects including a case study of the 2006 Dubai Ports World crisis, he is currently working on a book examining the influence of elections in foreign policy decision making. He is a recipient of Wesleyan's Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2009). Click here for more information about Douglas Foyle.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Dan Caldwell, SEEKING SECURITY IN AN INSECURE WORLD (Rowman & Littlefield), Paperback


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