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POL 340 A: National Security Policy

Spring 2012
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Ballston, Room 205
Final Exam: Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 pm

  1. Cuban Missile Crisis paper. Assignment. Due February 8.
  2. Israel-Iran paper. Assignment. Due February 29.
  3. Presentations. Assignment. Due at various times.
  4. Syria paper. Assignment. Due March 30.

Assigned books:
  • Thomas Schelling. Arms and Influence. Yale University Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0300143379. (or older edition is fine). (Amazon.com listing)
  • Fred Kaplan. The Wizards of Armageddon. Stanford University Press, 1991. ISBN: 978-0804718844. (Amazon.com listing)
  • Audrey Kurth Cronin. How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns. Princeton University Press. 2011. ISBN: 978-0691152394. (Amazon.com listing)
  • Hoon Su Lee. Nuclear North Korea: Regional Dynamics, Failed Policies, and Ideas for Ending a Global Stalemate. Lynne Rienner Pub. November 30, 2011. ISBN: 978-8984213357. (Amazon.com listing)
Revised readings for Feb 22

Videos recapping some of the key points from week 1:

War, part 1: basic model

War, part 2: incentives to lie

War, part 3: preemptive and preventive

Slides from the class on missile defense

POL 340: Missile Defense