The seminar focuses on selected topics in international security that have not been sufficiently covered in other courses and seminars offered by the department. These include topics such as power, military effectiveness, signaling and interstate communication, beliefs and emotions, the role of reputation etc. Each session, the group will discuss the evolution in a particular body of literature in the field, while placing the emphasis on issues such as conceptualization and measurement of key variables, case selection criteria, research strategy and execution.
How do US presidents make foreign policy decisions? The class will review the constraints, dilemmas, risks and opportunities that American presidents face during international crises and wars. It will expose students to alternative explanations for how states make foreign policy, with an emphasis on the decision-making process. We will critically analyze the decision-making process that led to the undertaking of major and historical decisions in the US history, and will conduct simulations of potential crisis scenarios.