GOVT-463 Dept Sem: Terrorism & Proliferation
The theme of Terrorism and Proliferation concerns psychological restraints on rational decision-making—how leaders seek to simplify complexity and reduce uncertainty but cognitive constraints interfere. Prospect theory from cognitive psychology is a source of explanation for behavior that rational choice theory is unable to explain. The plot involves international terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Regarding terrorism, the focus is on the American–led war on global terrorism, with special focus on the Taliban as well as al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.
Regarding proliferation, the course looks back on regime change in Iraq for lessons learned in potential regime change scenarios for Iran. Participants shall have an opportunity to conduct case studies on al Qaeda, Iraq, and Iran, as well as to meet in a computer lab to access resources of the Web while in class. [International Relations]
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