Peace versus Power: International Relations in the Modern Age
01/22/2007 - 05/05/2007
Monday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Public Affairs Center 421
While globalization and international organizations have currently integrated the world into networks of peace, ethnic and regional wars have driven nations and groups further apart. This coexistence of conflict and cooperation marks the evolution of the international system. This course represents an attempt to understand the foundations of this coexistence through an analysis of the central concepts, theories, and empirical findings in the study of international politics. The principal actors, structures, and processes of international relations will be analyzed in a theoretical and historical context. Major topics include: nationalism and the national interest, power, diplomacy, game theory and bargaining, the causes of foreign policy, nuclear weapons and international security, underdevelopment, globalization, international organizations, international resource management, the environment, trade, and transnational actors. As case studies, we will pay special attention to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Truman's decision to drop the A-bomb, and development in West Africa.
Since this course meets over the dinner hour, we will make an effort to eat together during class. Professor Gallarotti will provide food on the first night of class, then students will divide into small groups and select one or two class meetings for which they will provide food for the group. Contributions are strictly voluntary, and people who volunteer to bring food should bring whatever amount and kind of food they feel comfortable with.
Readings include Robert Art and Robert Jervis, eds., INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (3rd edition); Bruce Russett and Harvey Starr, World Politics (4th edition); Michael Mandelbaum, The Nuclear Future; and Robert Kennedy, Thirteen Days.
Students will be responsible for class participation and three papers.
Students are expected to have read the January 22nd required course readings for the start of the course. Please refer to online course syllabus for these readings.
A syllabus for this course is available at:
Giulio Gallarotti (B.A. Hunter College; M.I.A., Ph.D. Columbia University) is professor of Government and Tutor in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. He has also been a visiting professor in the Department of Economic Theory at the University of Rome.
He is the author of The Anatomy of an International Monetary Regime: The Classical Gold Standard 1880-1914 (Oxford University Press, 1995), The Power Curse: Influence and Illusion in World Politics (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), and Cosmopolitan Power in International Relations: A Synthesis of Realism, Neoliberalism, and Constructivism (Cambridge University Press, 2010). In addition, he has published numerous articles in leading journals across five disciplines: economics, politics, law, history, and business. In 2010 and 2011 his biography was published in Marquis Who's Who in America.
Consent of Instructor Required: No
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 3||Enrollment Limit: 18|
Texts to purchase for this course:
Art & Jervis, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, 8th Edition (Longman) Paperback
Robert Kennedy, THIRTEEN DAYS (W.W. Norton), Paperback
Russett, Starr & Kinsella, WORLD POLITICS, 8th Edition (Wadsworth), Paperback
READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323
PLEASE NOTE: A required course packet is available for purchase at PIP Printing, 179 Main Street, Middletown, (860) 644-9001. Packets may be ordered online at www.pip.com.
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