STIA-374 Enviornmental Security
Spring for 2017-2018
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Scholars and analysts have long used the concept of national security to describe the motivations for interactions between states. In a globalized, post-Cold War era, national security has been increasingly applied to interactions between humans and their environment. This application has both expanded and changed conventional understandings of national security.


The term “environmental security” has been coined as a result of these developments, leading to a rich scholarly debate over its meaning. Through readings and seminar discussions, we will explore and understand various dimensions and applications of national security concepts as they relate to the environment. Using phenomenon such as climate change as an example, the course places emphasis on examining the growing connection between environmental degradation, competition for natural resources, resource abundance, and conflict in regions important to U.S. national security interests. The readings are drawn from multidisciplinary sources.

Taking views of scholars and practitioners into account, the course proceeds from general concepts of national and environmental security into more specific case studies. A broad view of a new geopolitics based on environmental factors becomes more specific as topics such as climate change and national security, energy security and environment and conflict are examined in more detail.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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