Spring 2005 Course Description

Policy Research Project

Section Title: The University of Texas Global Challenges Intiative
Instructor(s): Francis Gavin
Course: P A 882B - Policy Research Project
Unique Number: 62650
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.110
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Description: What issues will drive international relations during the 21st century? What role should the United States play as the world?s most powerful nation? Finding answers to these fundamental questions has taken on new urgency in the wake of the September 11th attacks on the United States. The terrorist attacks, and the social, economic, and political forces that gave rise to them, underscore the need for new ideas and fresh thinking about the challenges that America will face in the years ahead.

The University of Texas Global Challenges Initiative will address this need. Beginning in the spring of 2004, UT-GCI will be engaged in a systematic and sustained effort to inspire bold and creative thinking about American national security in the context of international trends, processes and threats. The centerpiece of the UT-GCI will be the Global Challenges Forum, co-chaired by LBJ Centennial Professor in National Policy, Admiral Bob Inman, and UT Law School Dean William C. Powers, Jr. The University?s Institute for the 21st Century will host a series of discussions with leaders from the academy, business, and government. These forums will have two goals: first, to encourage lively, substantive debate on what America?s role should be in a transformed world, and second: to develop a plan to allow the University of Texas to build world-class research, curricular and public outreach programs to meet these global challenges. Experts on global relations, national security, area studies, religion, international law and business, science and engineering, and US foreign policy, both from within and outside UT, will be active participants in the Forum.

Students in this PRP will be actively engaged in the UT-GCF process. In addition to supporting the conferences through research, analysis, and briefings, students will undertake a historical examination of the origins, implementation, structure and funding of the nation?s best interdisciplinary international security research centers in order to provide lessons for UT?s program. Students will also examine curricular programs in international security at the best universities ? both in the US and abroad - to help the UT-GCF craft course standards for future UT programs in global security.

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