- Course Materials
All of the books are at the GMU bookstore as well as online stores. All other materials will be available on Blackboard.
- Scott Sagan and Kenneth Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring Debate, 3rd ed. ISBN 978-0393920109
- Micah Zenko, Between Threats and War, ISBN:978-0804771917
- Robert Art and Kelly Greenhill, eds., The Use of Force, 8th ISBN 978-1442233058
- Joshua Goldstein, Winning the War on War. ISBN 978-0452298590
- Course Format and Process
This is a seminar, not a lecture. The course will go as well as the conversation. Come with an open mind and be prepared to learn through close interrogation of the material and the co-construction of knowledge through debate with each other.
- Course Requirements
Note: I do not expect students to have an extensive background in security studies but I do expect everyone to read the material before class and to share their thoughts and insights with the class. I especially encourage those students who have professional experience with these subjects to share their knowledge.
- Enthusiastic seminar participation (20%)
Seminars depend on people showing up ready to rumble. Do the readings, caffeinate as necessary, and do your part to keep things interesting.
- Team briefings and memos (45% = 3 x 15%).
All students will be assigned to a three-person team. Teams are free to determine the workload in any manner they choose. All will receive a single team grade for each
- Weekly briefing. Each team will prepare a five-page review memo of the week’s readings and lead discussion once during the term. Weekly assignments will be handed out the first day of class. Instructions available via the course Blackboard site.
- Coercion and deterrence briefing (20%) Each team will prepare a memo analyzing a case of attempted deterrence or coercion and present their findings to the class on Feb 26. Instructions available via the course Blackboard site.
- Emerging threat briefing. Each team will prepare a memo providing a forecast of an emerging threat and present their findings to the class on Apr 1. Instructions available via the course Blackboard site.
- Policy Memo (35%)
Students will write a fairly meaty policy memo for the UN Security Council on a current issue of international security of their choice. Due Sunday May 10 by midnight, uploaded to Blackboard. Instructions available via the course Blackboard site.