DVC Political Science 250-International Relations

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Lecture Outlines:

(February 1) Lecture / Discussion Page - The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations

Readings
  • Iran (Is Not the Problem) - Documentary
  • Why Are We In Afghanistan? - Documentary
  • The New Thirty Years War - Klare
  • (February 8) Lecture / Discussion Page - Realism

    Readings
  • Blood and Oil - Documentary
  • Putin's Way - Frontline
  • Battle Zones: Ukraine and Syria - Frontline
  • Obama and the Road to Hell in the Middle East- MacGregor
  • The Prince - Documentary
  • (February 15) Lecture / Discussion Page - Liberalism

    Readings
  • The Power of the Poor - Documentary
  • (February 22) Lecture / Discussion Page - Class System Theory

    Readings
  • Iraq for Sale - Documentary
  • There’s No Business Like the Arms Business - Hartung
  • Exposed: The Carlyle Group - Netherlands TV
  • (March 1) Lecture / Discussion Page - Postmodernist and Feminist Theories

    Readings
  • The Gods of Our Fathers - Documentary
  • Feminist Debate Rising Fundamentalism In Iraq / Afghanistan - Democracy Now
  • Why Women Need to be Part of the Peace Process - De Langis
  • (March 8) Lecture / Discussion Page - Political Culture and Decision Making Process Theories

    Readings
  • The Power of Nightmares - Documentary
  • Islam: What the West Needs to Know - Documentary
  • (March 15) Lecture / Discussion Page - Human Nature and Cognitive Theories

    Readings
  • Is It Natural for Humans to Make War? - Connor
  • The US Military and the Myth That Humanity Is Predisposed to Violence - Santelli
  • Have We Been Denying Our Human Nature for Four Hundred Years? - Parramore
  • Soldiers of Conscience - Documentary
  • (March 22) Lecture / Discussion Page - Peace Studies Theory and the Research Paper Writing Seminar

    Readings
  • Why War Is Not Inevitable - Swanson
  • A Blueprint for Ending War - World Beyond War
  • Owl Purdue APA Writer's Page
  • (April 12) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Organizations and Law

    Readings
  • Breaking: Proceedings of California Civil Law Suit Against George W. Bush Et Al - Witness Iraq
  • Time to Take a Stand to End US Impunity - Bachman
  • International Law: Illusion and Reality - Keach
  • The Logic of U.S. Intervention - Parenti
  • (April 19) Lecture / Discussion Page - Security Theory and Peak Oil

    Readings
  • The 5 Security Approaches - Class Notes
  • Peak Oil and Climate Collapse: Can Society Make the Transition in Time? - Global Research News Hour
  • Oil, Smoke, and Mirrors - Documentary
  • A Tough-Oil World - Klare
  • (April 26) Lecture / Discussion Page - Religion and Nationalism

    Readings
  • Beyond Our Differences - Documentary
  • Why Religion Still Matters - Carroll
  • What Went Wrong? - Lewis
  • God's Country? - Mead
  • Jihad vs. McWorld - Barber
  • (May 3) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The North

    Readings - Conventional Perspectives
  • The End of Globalization or a more Multipolar World? - Credit Suisse
  • Think Again: Globalization - Naim
  • World Trade Organization
  • Globalization 101
  • The Blessings and Challenges of Globalization
  • Globalization with a Human Face - Bhagwati
  • The CATO Institute - Trade and Globalization
  • Why Globalization Works - Wolf
  • Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
  • (May 10) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The South

    Readings - Critical Perspectives
  • The End of Poverty? - Documentary
  • Measuring Global Inequality - Yates
  • You'll Only Understand Trump and Brexit If You Understand the Failure of Globalization - Washington's Blog
  • Globalization and Terror - Norberg-Hodge
  • Building a Democratic Economy: Local Tools in the Struggle Against Neoliberalism - Gilbert
  • The International Forum on Globalization
  • The Globalization Website
  • The Scorecard on Globalization 1980 - 2000 - Weisbrot
  • Essays on Globalization and Neoliberalism - Monthly Review
  • Globalization on the Rocks - The New Internationalist
  • Globalization Creates Unemployment: American Job Loss is Permanent - Roberts
  • Globalization for Whom? - Rodrik
  • (May 17) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Relations and the Global Environment

    Readings
  • Anthropocene - Documentary
  • The Tragedy of the Commons - Hardin
  • Natural Capitalism - Hawken
  • Origins and Delusions of Green Growth - Dale
  • Green Capitalism: The God That Failed - Smith
  • The Climate Crisis is Capitalism - Urie
  • Capitalist and Socialist Responses to the Ecological Crisis - Wallis
  • Research Projects and Examinations:

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    1st Journal Responses - Due: March 29, 2017

    For the first eight lectures, please respond to the question shown from each lecture from the "Study and Discussion Questions" section. Responses should be approximately one page in length (double-spaced)

  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Historical Overview): Question 5
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Realism): Question 9
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Liberalism): Question 9
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Class System Theory): Question 8
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Postmodernism / Feminism): Question 8
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Political Culture Theory): Question 8
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Human Nature / Cognitive Theory): Question 9
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Peace Studies Theory): Question 5
  • The Coming (?) War in Iran - Mid Term Research Project - Due: March 29, 2017

    Recent Books for the Mid Term Research Paper:

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    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on the Conflict with Iran (Mainstream / Government)
  • Gen. Flynn: "Today, We Are Officially Putting Iran On Notice" - Durden
  • Pre-Emptive Attack Iran Bill Active in US House - McAdams
  • The Battle for Syria - Frontline (Documentary)
  • A Country Study: Iran - Library of Congress
  • Reports: Iran - United States Department of State
  • Reports: Iran - United States Department of Defense
  • Chronology: US - Iran Relations 1906 - 2002 - PBS Frontline
  • Iran News - New York Times
  • Articles On Iran - The American Interest
  • The Iran Documentation Project - The National Security Archive
  • Target Iran: Countdown Timeline - GlobalSecurity.org
  • Petrodollar Warfare: Dollars, Euros and the Upcoming Iranian Oil Bourse - Media Monitors Network
  • US Tells Iran: Become A Nuclear Power - Ehrlich
  • The Coming Wars - Hersh
  • The Iran Plans - Hersh
  • The Next Act - Hersh
  • Shifting Targets: The Administration's Plan for Iran - Hersh
  • The Iran War Buildup - Klare
  • Iran Negotiations - Center for Arms Control and Proliferation
  • The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran that the White House Doesn't Want You to Know - Richardson
  • Stirrings of a New Push for Military Option on Iran - Lobe
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on the Conflict with Iran (Critical)
  • Could War With Iran Be on Washington’s Agenda? - Hartung
  • A Paradigm Shift in the Middle East: Iran as the Solution, Not the Problem - Tabrizi
  • Trump Will Spark a War With Iran – Which is Great News for Isis - Cockburn
  • Trump Plays Cat and Mouse with Iran - Whitney
  • Trump Administration Risks War with Iran Over Nothing - Beeman
  • The Trump Administration Is Recklessly Escalating Tensions With Iran - Bennis
  • Trump’s Promised ‘New Foreign Policy’ Must Abandon Regime Change for Iran - Paul
  • Fixing the Facts to Create A Crisis With Iran - Porter
  • Israeli Defense Minister Suggests Military Action Against Iran Because the US Is “Weak” - Guzman
  • As US/Russia Relations Freeze Up, Will Iran Talks Suffer? - Queally
  • The Road to 9/11 - Scott
  • Behind the War on Terror - Ahmed
  • Understanding the U.S.-Iran Crisis: A Primer - Bennis
  • Devils Game: How the US Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam - Dreyfuss
  • The Iran War Buildup - Klare
  • Stories on Iran - Democracy Now
  • Invading Iraq Was Dumb Enough - Kinzer
  • Obama Pins Fate of Nuclear Pact on Documents From An Iranian "Curveball" - Porter
  • Exposed: Serious Flaws in the Kirk-Menendez Iran Sanctions (Wag the Dog) Bill - Lobe
  • Nuclear Diplomacy: The Great Charade - Boggs
  • U.S. Public: "We Don't Want AIPAC's Path to War" - Lazare
  • America's War for Global Domination - Chossudovsky
  • 2nd Journal Responses - Due: May 24, 2017

    For the last five lectures, please respond to the question shown from each lecture from the "Study and Discussion Questions" section. Responses should be approximately one page in length (double-spaced)

  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Security Theory / Peak Oil): Question 8
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Religion / Nationalism): Question 7
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Globalization North): Question 6
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Globalization South): Question 7 or 8
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Global Environment): Question 7
  • International Law and the Invasion of Iraq - Final Research Project - Due: May 24, 2017

    Recent Books for the Final Research Paper:

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    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on International Law and Iraq (Mainstream / Government / Liberal)
  • "International Law? I Better Call My Lawyer; He Didn't Bring That Up to Me." - George Bush Quotes
  • The National Security Strategy of the United States of America (September 2002)
  • The War on Iraq: Legal Issues - Human and Constitutional Rights (Columbia Law School)
  • George W. Bush: National Security and International Law - Discussion at Hofstra University
  • Was the Preemptive Invasion of Iraq a Violation of International Law? - ProCon.org
  • International Law: Should U.S. Policy Give It More Weight? - Jost
  • The U.S. Should Not Join the International Criminal Court - Schaefer and Groves
  • George W. Bush, "Graduation Speech at West Point" - Jarrett
  • International Law and the Bush Doctrine - McGlinchey
  • The Bush Administration and International Law: Too Much Lawyering and Too Little Diplomacy - Bradley
  • Think Again: International Law - Posner
  • Are George W. Bush, Dick Cheney Unable to Visit Europe Due to Threat of Arrest? - Politifact
  • Review: International Law and Bush's War on Terror - Duffy
  • Obama Has Officially Adopted Bush's Iraq Doctrine - Goldsmith
  • Policy Implications of the Bush Doctrine on Preemption - Daalder
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on International Law and Iraq (Critical / Radical)
  • How America Gets Away With Murder - Mandel
  • International Law: Illusion and Reality - Keach
  • The Bush Doctrine: Making or Breaking Customary International Law? - Paul
  • The Abandonment of International Law After 9/11 - Falk
  • Laws Violated by President George W. Bush - Veterans For Peace
  • Is International Law Really Law? Six Questions for Michael Scharf - Horton
  • ‘Preventive War’ and International Law After Iraq - Currie
  • Bush Convicted of War Crimes in Absentia - Ridley
  • The US Helped Create International Law, Now We Just Ignore It - McCoy
  • The Bush Administration Was an Ongoing Criminal Conspiracy Under International Law and U.S. Domestic Law - Boyle
  • Iraq Invasion Violated International Law, Dutch Inquiry Finds - Hirsch
  • Americans Abandon International Law - Parry
  • Regime Change is Illegal: End of Debate - Palmer
  • From Nuremberg to Guantánamo - Hajjar
  • You Must Follow International Law (Unless You’re America) - McCoy
  • Recent Articles, Documentaries, and Websites of Interest for IR Students:

    War Is A Racket - Major General Smedley Butler

    Four Horsemen - Documentary (Great Stuff! Check This Out!)

    A Century of War - RT Documentary

    Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary

    The Lie We Live [Smart Kid - A Nice Wake-Up Call] - Spencer Cathcart

    Wondering About the Origins of ISIS? (You'd Better Buckle Your Seatbelts for This One)

    Capitalism Never Solves Its Crises; It Moves Them Around Geographically - RSAnimate

    We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim - Lawrence Lessig on TED

    Global Wealth Inequality: What You Never Knew You Never Knew - therules.org

    The Crisis of Civilization - Documentary

    Let Your Life Be A Friction That Stops The Machine - Documentary

    America's Strategic Response to 9/11 - National Security Archive

    Empire Under Obama: Counterinsurgency, Death Squads, and the Population as the Target - Marshall

    Sleeping With The Devil: How U.S. and Saudi Backing of Al Qaeda Led to 9/11 - Washington's Blog

    The Collapse of Globalism - Saul

    Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds - National Intelligence Council

    Shock and Awe - National Defense University

    Vision for 2020 - U.S. Space Command

    Rebuilding America's Defenses - Project for a New American Century

    The Stealth Crusade - Yeoman

    Oil, Power and Empire - Everest

    Behind the War on Iraq - Research Unit for Political Economy

    Military Cancer - Class War Films

    Imperial Decay - Class War Films

    Iraq War - PIPA Poll

    Smash the Control Machine - Otep Rocks!

    Rise Rebel Resist - Otep Rocks!

    Iraq's New Constitution - Hassan

    The World is Coming to an End - Prince Ea

    The Final Word from My Two Favorite Comedians of All Time on "The Big Question"