LEAD 327
Leadership and Strategy Spring 2017 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as PSCI327 / LEAD327
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This class is about the role of leaders and statecraft in international relations. In particular, this course examines the relationship between political and military objectives. The aim is to identify and analyze the principal structural and situational constraints–both foreign and domestic–that limit leaders’ freedom of action, and which they must manage effectively to achieve their diplomatic and military goals. The course integrates theoretical perspectives related to a range of international security issues–including the causes of war, alliance politics, nuclear strategy, deterrence, coercion, reassurance, misperception, and credibility concerns–with illustrative case studies of decision-makers in action. The basic structure of the class is interdisciplinary; the goal of this approach is to utilize key conceptual arguments to gain greater leverage for the examination of major historical decisions in national security policy. Students will be asked to analyze and evaluate the strategic choices we examine, as well as the process by which they were reached. The primary objective of the course is for students to improve dramatically their understanding of the role of leaders and strategic choice in international relations.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 4003
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, two 6-8 page papers, and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science Majors and Leadership Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses;

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