MSFS-709 Policy and International Securit
Spring for 2010-2011
This seminar will be a real time study of the development of the national security strategy of the Obama administration. There will be a heavy emphasis on nuclear weapons policy and nonproliferation strategy, and we will track the debate over the Nuclear Posture Review and the Senate ratification of the new START treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The course explores, in addition, a brief overview of the successes and failures of the previous administration’s strategy. We will also discuss the practical aspects of government foreign policy decision-making, including the role of Congress and the national security bureaucracy.
There will be a heavy emphasis on learning the necessary skills of concise oral presentation and impact writing, such as the art of the two-minute oral presentation, the one-page government memo and the op-ed. Students will be expected to follow major diplomatic and regional developments in the daily and weekly media, as well as in specialized journals.
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