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DS – 712 Seminar on International Terrorism & Security

This seminar will attempt to define and examine security issues related to terrorism and low intensity conflict today. The origins of modern terrorism will be explored and terrorism will be put in the context of a strategy to achieve political ends. Case studies of terrorism in various regions e.g. the Middle East, Europe, and the United States will show some of the current empirical evidence of global terrorist activities. The impact terrorism has on liberal societies and their ability to defend themselves will be examined in the context of counter terrorism strategies.

DS – 713 Arms Control: Theory & Practice

Focuses on the process of negotiation as applied to arms control and disarmament on both nuclear and non-nuclear matters, with particular attention to the evolution of the nonproliferation regime. Examines the special problems of negotiating in this area along with the substantive issues and problems encountered. Students select a topic for paper dealing with theoretically interesting lessons learned from a given set or sets of arms control negotiations.

DS – 714 Democracy, Human Rights & Conflict

Considers the role of democracy and human rights in preventing violent conflict. Reviews the contribution of human rights to the theory of just war, humanitarian intervention and the conflict between reconciliation and justice. Evaluates the democracy promotion policies of international actors including the United States, the EU and NGOs. Provides opportunities to discuss policy issues.

DS – 715 International Conflict Prevention

Focuses on measures that may be taken by international actors, individual states and/ or NGOs to prevent the outbreak or reoccurrence of intra or inter-state disputes. It is widely recognized that violence complicates or even undermines the ability to resolve conflicts and create stable peace, so preventive diplomacy is often superior to conflict resolution after violence. This course evaluates alternative approaches to conflict prevention in an effort to identify techniques most likely to prevent violent conflicts

DS – 716 Strategy and Policy

Provides an overview of strategic studies, which deals with the preparation and use of military power to serve the end of politics. Discusses the development of warfare from the mid-19th century through the present, and addresses major theoretical concepts.

DS – 717 Seminar on Contemporary Trends & Issues in Strategic Studies

The fast changing global and regional environment has put enormous strains on the academic disciplines, especially on the strategic studies. The seminar will look into the new trends and issues in the strategic studies and would formulate new perspectives on the discipline.

DS – 718 Seminar on Nuclear Strategy & Arms Control

This seminar examines the contemporary US and Soviet/ Russian strategic nuclear arms and arms control policies ad their interaction. The seminar will review the US . Soviet nuclear relationship and extend this to an examination of Post USSR Russian and American nuclear strategy and policy. The seminar will study the strategic nuclear balance, including specific problems and programs, and the strategic doctrines, concepts and objectives of nuclear powers. Nuclear arms control, including the processes of decision making and negotiating, will be examined, with an emphasis on comparing theory and practice

DS – 719 Seminar on International Security Affairs

Examines international and regional security policies and problems from both a regional and global perspective. It treats strategies and security problems from a broader viewpoint than the Seminar on Strategy and Arms Control, covering national interests, alliance relationships, intervention, regional threats and the security problems of the states, particularly China and Russia.

DS – 720 Seminar on Regional Security Problems

This seminar provides an advanced and in-depth analysis of selected contemporary regional security problems in and beyond South Asia. It focuses on a few critical conflict situations, analyzes threats to regional interests and examines alternative strategies, policies and actions.