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Spring 2019
Nov 14, 2019
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IPOL 414 - Syria as a Regional Conflict
 The war in Syria saw neighborhood protests morph into an armed rebellion that drew in the armies of Turkey, Russia, the United States, Israel, and Iran. This seminar explores the war as a regional conflict. What interests were foreign countries pursuing by intervening in Syria? What factors shaped these interests? To make sense of this enormously complex topic, we will use three analytical frameworks: geopolitics/realism, liberal internationalism, and the historical memories of the belligerents. We will absorb a healthy dose of theory but - more importantly - apply it to real world policy recommendations. Our focus throughout will be on crafting compelling memos using vivid writing and trenchant analysis. The instructor is a current Foreign Service Officer whose last assignment was as a special assistant to the Secretary of State. Open to graduate students and upper-level undergraduates. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

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

International Politics Department

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