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Unformatted text preview: McGill University Political Science 360 INTERNATIONAL SECURITY: STRATEGIES OF WAR AND PEACE Prof. T.V. Paul Winter 2010 Leacock 540 Office Hrs: Tue/Thu 11:30- 12:30 Phone: 398-4820 Much of known history has been characterized by the waging of wars and the endless search for peace. Countries fought wars on the basis of strategic myths and beliefs, while peace-makers devised plans for reducing conflict and the eventual abolition of war itself. This course deals with different strategies of war (both conventional and nuclear) and peace in comparative and historical perspectives. During the first half of the semester, we will discuss strategy as applied to war with the aid of a number of case studies. In the second half, we will devote our attention to different strategies for attaining peace among nation states in a semi-anarchic international system. Required Reading Materials : The textbook, T.V. Paul, Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004) and a reader containing all other course materials are available at the McGill bookstore for purchase. Evaluation : Conference Participation 10% Mid-term Examination 20% Research Paper 20% Final Examination 50% The exams consist of identifications and essays. Students are expected to actively participate in conferences and to make presentations on assigned topics. The research paper (12 double-spaced pages maximum, including bibliography) may be on any one of the strategies of war or peace discussed in the course, its application to a case (a war, crisis, or event of peace) and an explanation of how the strategy contributed to the event's occurrence. Also when applicable, discuss an alternative strategy (or strategies) that might have prevented the war or crisis from breaking out or improved the prospects for attaining peace. The materials for the paper may be drawn from the course readings, although some library research is recommended. You must provide footnotes for cited materials. The paper should be written exclusively for this course. Be aware that according to University regulations, plagiarism and double submission carry severe penalties. The papers are due on April 1, 2010....
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- Winter '09
- Political Science