GOV 388L • Study of International Conflict
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
Consent of the Graduate Adviser must be obtained. Graduate standing required. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. "International conflict" can mean many things. This course will focus on military conflict among states. Its emphasis will not be on the conduct of war, but on understanding why wars occur and the effect of the possibility of war on the relations among states. This is a vast subject, and therefore there will be no attempt to treat it comprehensively. Rather some of the issues that have received the most attention from scholars in the field will be discussed.
Short weekly essays: 50% Final Examination or final paper: 50%
Wagner, War And the State: The Theory of International Politics Schelling, Arms and Influence Lake, Hierarchy in International Relations Reiter, How Wars End Galula, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice