PS160 Force and Strategy, Fall 2008
PS160 Force and Strategy, Fall 2008 course provides an overview of the role of force in international politics. It examines the circumstances under which states and non-state actors use force of the threat of force to advance their interests and enhance their security. The course has three parts. Part I reviews systemic theories on the causes of war and their implications for current U.S. grand strategy. Part II examines theories and practice of coercion, specifically the use of conventional airpower in World War II and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Part III examines current security challenges, including U.S. military transformation; U.S. Nuclear doctine; the privatization of military forces and functions. It also includes China's military modernization; nuclear weapons proliferation in South Asia and the Middle East; third party intervention in ethno-nationalist civil wars; state sponsorshop of terrorism; and the dynamics insurgencies and counterinsurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.