POL 321 U.S. National Security I: History and Concepts, 3 credits

This course combines a case study approach of post-WWII national security events, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with conceptual perspectives on security strategy and theoretical explanations for the causes of war and peace. Students will also assess deterrence strategy, its use in the nuclear age, and its relevance in the post-Cold War age; investigate the security challenges presented by rogue regimes and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and assess strategies for peacekeeping and peacemaking.