SEST-644 Economics of War
Fall for 2017-2018
This course explores the interrelationship of economics and war in many different ways. It addresses the use of economic tools as a component of a comprehensive campaign plan to attempt to accomplish strategic and operational objectives. It addresses the various institutions and actors which the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, other governments have used to promote economics as a complement to military operations. It also addresses the impact of war on the macroeconomic conditions in belligerent nations, which ranges from the effects of war in a particular country (e.g. Iraq or Afghanistan), to the overall impact on the U.S. economy of government spending that is expended in the conduct of war. It will include economic nature of warfare to include contractors, private military security companies, and the use of sanctions. The course will cover some historical examples of economics and war, but much of the course concentrates on economic actions that have been used in overall counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and contemplates those that may be potentially used in the future.
Credits: 3.0
Prerequisites: None

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