DVC Political Science 250-International Relations

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Lecture Outlines:

(August 29) Lecture / Discussion Page - The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations

Readings
  • Why Are We In Afghanistan? - Documentary
  • The New Thirty Years War - Klare
  • (September 5) Lecture / Discussion Page - Realism

    Readings
  • The Sources of Soviet Conduct - X
  • Blood and Oil - Documentary
  • Putin's Way - Frontline
  • Obama and the Road to Hell in the Middle East- MacGregor
  • The Prince - Documentary
  • (September 12) Lecture / Discussion Page - Liberalism

    Readings
  • Think Again: Soft Power - Nye
  • Twenty Years of Institutional Liberalism - Keohane
  • The Power of the Poor - Documentary
  • (September 19) 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
  • (September 26) Lecture / Discussion Page - Postmodernist and Feminist Theories

    Readings
  • Feminist Debate Rising Fundamentalism In Iraq / Afghanistan - Democracy Now
  • Why Women Need to be Part of the Peace Process - De Langis
  • (October 3) Lecture / Discussion Page - Political Culture and Decision Making Process Theories

    Readings
  • The Power of Nightmares - Documentary
  • Islam: What the West Needs to Know - Documentary
  • (October 10) Lecture / Discussion Page - Human Nature and Cognitive Theories

    Readings
  • Is It Natural for Humans to Make War? - Connor
  • Review: Humanity: The World Before Religion, War, and Inequality - Hawes
  • 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
  • (October 17) 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
  • (October 24) Lecture / Discussion Page - United States Foreign Policy

    Readings
  • U.S. Foreign Policy Power Point Presentation
  • A World Without Power - Ferguson
  • The Neoconservative Convergence - Krauthammer
  • U.S. Middle East Policy: Democratic Illusions - Selfa
  • The Logic of U.S. Intervention - Parenti
  • (October 31) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The North

    Readings - Conventional Perspectives
  • 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
  • (November 7) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The South

    Readings - Critical Perspectives
  • Localization: A Strategic Alternative to Globalized Authoritarianism - Norberg-Hodge
  • Extreme Poverty Cut in Half? Only in the Minds of the Capitalists - Buchheit
  • Three Richest Americans Now Own More Wealth Than Bottom Half of US Combined: Report - Johnson
  • It�s Not Only Necessary to Develop an Alternative to Globalization; It's Entirely Possible - Bello
  • 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 Globalization Website
  • Globalization on the Rocks - The New Internationalist
  • Globalization Creates Unemployment: American Job Loss is Permanent - Roberts
  • Globalization for Whom? - Rodrik
  • (November 14) 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
  • (November 21) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Organizations and Law

    Readings
  • Time to Take a Stand to End US Impunity - Bachman
  • International Law: Illusion and Reality - Keach
  • The Logic of U.S. Intervention - Parenti
  • (November 28) Lecture / Discussion Page - Religion and Nationalism

    Readings
  • Beyond Our Differences - Documentary
  • Why Religion Still Matters - Carroll
  • Religion: A Source of Solidarity or Division? - Alberts
  • What Went Wrong? - Lewis
  • God's Country? - Mead
  • Jihad vs. McWorld - Barber
  • (December 5) 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: October 17, 2018

    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): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Realism): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Liberalism): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Class System Theory): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Postmodernism / Feminism): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Political Culture Theory): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Human Nature / Cognitive Theory): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Peace Studies Theory): Choose One Question
  • The Coming (?) War with Iran - POLSC 250 Fall 2018 Research Project - Due: October 31, 2018

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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)
  • Trump Tears up Treaties Pushing for War on Iran, Using Bush-Style Iraq Lies- The Real News Network
  • The Plot to Attack Iran - Kovalik
  • With Iran Deal on Life Support, White House Looks to Finish the Job - Rainwater
  • Bolton, MEK and Trump Iran Strategy - Leupp
  • 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
  • U.S. Attempts Violent "Regime Change" In Iran - Moon of Alabama
  • Trump's Iran Gambit Won't Pay Off - Sepahpour-Ulrich
  • Israeli Defense Minister Suggests Military Action Against Iran Because the US Is Weak - Guzman
  • Russia and Iran Deepen Ties to Challenge Trump and the United States - Wright
  • 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: December 12, 2018

    For the last six 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 (US Foreign Policy): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Globalization North): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Globalization South): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Security Theory / Peak Oil): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Religion / Nationalism): Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Global Environment): Choose One Question
  • 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!)

    Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism

    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

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

    The Crisis of Civilization - 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

    Iraq's New Constitution - Hassan

    Behind the War on Iraq - Research Unit for Political Economy

    Let Your Life Be A Friction That Stops The Machine - Class War Films

    Military Cancer - Class War Films

    Imperial Decay - Class War Films

    Smash the Control Machine - Otep Rocks!

    Rise Rebel Resist - Otep Rocks!

    The World is Coming to an End - Prince Ea

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