IPOL-365 Military Security in World Politics
Spring for 2015-2016
This course examines the use of military force and its impact on international relations. Ongoing counterterrorism operations against al-Qa’ida worldwide, the insurgency being fought in Iraq, the presence of U.S. troops on the Korean peninsula, and repeated calls for humanitarian intervention all suggest the importance of force in American foreign policy. Unfortunately, many students of international relations have at best a rudimentary understanding of military operations.
This course is divided into four parts. The first section reviews causes of wars and the nature of security. Section two looks at how the use of force has evolved in modern history. In the third section, we examine critical issues in using force today, examining nuclear weapons, air power, logistics, and other elements of military force. The fourth section looks at the problem of sub-state violence, including counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations.
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