SEST-534 Globalization and Security
Spring for 2017-2018
This course represents a hybrid of a traditional course and a writing seminar to examine one of the most critical issues affecting the international system today: The economic, cultural and political reaction against the process of continual globalization of world politics. It therefore reflects a focus on one particular aspect of the nexus of globalization and security: the reactions to an integrating world, which can take many forms, including state identity seeking, populism, nationalism, right-wing extremism, and religious fundamentalism.
The potential tension between global and local values, between liberalizing markets and local and national economic priorities, and between the political imperatives of global versus national and local issues has been discussed for some time. The clash of globalization and local reactions was a prominent theme in the work of such chroniclers of globalization as Thomas Friedman, and the same dynamic was the engine of Huntington’s “clash of civilizations.” But this tension has now come to the center of the international politics and security context in a number of ways: As a catalyst of radical cultural and religious reactions, including terrorism; in a hostile, populist nationalism affecting politics in Europe, the United States, Russia and elsewhere; and in a growing set of mercantilist trade policies. The future of a globalizing system—and of the rule-based international order it has helped to underwrite—is in danger.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to investigate this issue through both general readings (about one-half the course periods) and a specific research project designed to produce a deeply-researched, 3,500-4,000 word essay on a topic of the student’s choosing (though it must make a positive argument; it cannot be a merely descriptive paper). The second half of the course will place heavy emphasis on the development of writing and argumentation skills in the process of developing the essays.
The objectives of the course are to:
1. Acquire a broad familiarity with the basic range of security issues commonly associated with globalization.
2. Understand some effects of globalization—whether economic, cultural, religious, or in terms of issues like nationalism—on a number of specific regions and countries, such as China, Russia, and others.
3. Discuss the implications of these issues for U.S. national security, and derive specific idea, strategies, and concepts based upon those implications.
4. Enhance writing skills through the preparation of a policy-oriented argumentative essay.
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