Course Details

01:790:323 Defense Policy

  • Academic Credits: 3
  • Focus area for the major: Foreign and International Politics
  • Course for Minor: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Critical Intelligence
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Course Description:

This is a policy-oriented course on international security issues of the contemporary era. The course deals with fundamental problems of security, and the ways that these problems might manifest themselves in the future. Among the fundamental problems that will be considered are; The major forces in the world today, including populism, nationalism, ethnicity, and energy dependence; Selected global issues such as terrorism, changing relative powers of states, and proliferation; Emerging regional issues and opportunities, especially in the Middle East and Latin America; Long run trends and opportunities in the world, such as the effects of the information revolution, changing roles of nation-states, transnational movements, democratization and international organizations. Current US military decisions, their legitimacy, short-and long-run effects.