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Spring 2019
Sep 16, 2019
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IPOL 365 - Mil Security in World Politics
 Examines the use and threat of military force in world politics. We begin by examining the nature of security, causes of war, and sources of war termination. Then, the discussion shifts to the functions of force beyond war (e.g., deterrence, compellence, symbolism) followed by consideration of how states organize to employ force (e.g., arms competitions, threat reduction). The course subsequently turns to key contemporary security issues (e.g., terrorism and counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and cyberwar). We conclude with some general issues (e.g., civil-military relations, intelligence and surprise) and thoughts about the future. Beyond examinations, students complete a group project in which they develop and advocate for competing courses of action with regard to a contemporary security issue.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

International Politics Department

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