DVC Political Science 250-International Relations

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Lecture Outlines:

(February 6) Lecture / Discussion Page - The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations

Readings
  • The Historical Context of International Relations [Lecture Presentation]
  • The Human Cost of the War in Yemen - Frontline
  • The Rise of the Houthis - Journeyman TV
  • Yemen: The Neglected War - RT
  • Yemen: The North-South Divide - Al Jazeera
  • Yemen and the Global Arms Trade - DW
  • The New Thirty Years War - Klare
  • (February 13) Lecture / Discussion Page - Realism

    Readings
  • The Sources of Soviet Conduct - X
  • Why Are We In Afghanistan? - Documentary
  • The Prince - Documentary
  • (February 20) Lecture / Discussion Page - Liberalism

    Readings
  • Think Again: Soft Power - Nye
  • Twenty Years of Institutional Liberalism - Keohane
  • Obama and the Road to Hell in the Middle East- MacGregor
  • The Power of the Poor - Documentary
  • (February 27) 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 6) Lecture / Discussion Page - Postmodernist and Feminist Theories

    Readings
  • Her War: Women Vs. ISIS. Inside the Training Camp of an All-Female Kurdish Battalion - RT
  • Women Must Be Central to Negotiating the US-Korea Peace Process - Ahn
  • Feminist Debate Rising Fundamentalism In Iraq / Afghanistan - Democracy Now
  • Why Women Need to be Part of the Peace Process - De Langis
  • (March 13) 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 20) 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
  • (March 27) 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 10) Lecture / Discussion Page - United States Foreign Policy

    Readings
  • U.S. Foreign Policy [Lecture 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
  • (April 17) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The North

    Readings - Conventional Perspectives
  • Globalization and the North [Lecture Presentation]
  • 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
  • (April 24) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Political Economy and Globalization - The South

    Readings - Critical Perspectives
  • Globalization and the South [Lecture Presentation]
  • 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
  • (May 1) Lecture / Discussion Page - Security Theory and Peak Oil

    Readings
  • Security Theory and Peak Oil [Lecture Presentation]
  • 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
  • (May 8) Lecture / Discussion Page - Religion and Nationalism

    Readings
  • Religion and Nationalism [Lecture Presentation]
  • 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
  • (May 15) Lecture / Discussion Page - International Relations and the Global Environment

    Readings
  • Global Environment and International Relations [Lecture Presentation]
  • 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 20, 2019

    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 Conflict in Yemen - POLSC 250 Spring 2019 Research Project - Due: March 27, 2019

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    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on the Conflict with Yemen (Mainstream / Government)
  • ***Breaking News for Your Research Project - Question: What Next After Senate Fails to Override Trump's Veto??***
  • U.S. Relations with Yemen - U.S. Department of State
  • CIA World Factbook Yemen Page
  • Yemen 2017 Human Rights Report
  • Stop the Unconstitutional War in Yemen - U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin)
  • Yemen: U.S. Central Command (Department of Defense)
  • Senate Vote on War in Yemen Risks Undermining US and Yemeni Interests, While Boosting Iran's - Phillips
  • Why the Crisis in Yemen Matters to the United States - Hutchinson Posey
  • Chaos Will Erupt in the Middle East If U.S. Leaves Yemen - Carafano
  • Iran's Meddling Makes Yemen Regional Flashpoint - Brookes
  • Punishing the Saudi Prince - May
  • Regime and Periphery in Northern Yemen: The Huthi Phenomenon - The RAND Corporation
  • Yemen: Victim of the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry - Nader
  • Articles on Yemen - Foreign Affairs
  • Articles on Yemen - The American Interest
  • Articles on Yemen - The National Interest
  • Articles on Yemen - The New York Times
  • Articles on Yemen - The Washington Post
  • Al Qaeda Is Very Much Alive - Joscelyn
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites on the Conflict with Yemen (Critical)
  • War Crimes in Yemen? U.S. & U.K. Arms Killed & Injured Nearly 1,000 Civilians in Saudi-Led Attack - Democracy Now!
  • Bolstering Case to End American Role, Saudis Reportedly Providing US Weapons to al-Qaeda Forces in Yemen - Johnson
  • Yemen: Eyewitness Describes Terrifying Scenes As Explosions Rock Hospital in Central Hodeidah - Amnesty International
  • Suffer the Little Children: The U.S.- Backed Killing of Yemeni Children Continues - Capaccio
  • Yemen Is Today's Guernica - Chelala
  • America's Secret War on Yemen - Dresser
  • The $1.5 Billion Campaign to Whitewash Genocide in Yemen - Glazebrook
  • No Liberal Rallies Yet for the Children of Yemen - Street
  • Don't Be Fooled by US Calls for Yemen Ceasefire. It's PR Spin for More War - Glazebrook
  • There Is No "Proxy War" in Yemen - Amiri
  • Yemen Genocide About Oil Control - Engdahl
  • Yemen and The Militarization of Strategic Waterways - Chossudovsky
  • US Training Saudi and UAE Pilots for Combat in Yemen - Lendman
  • The Trump Administration Isn't Ending the Wars in Syria or Yemen - It's Only Shifting (and Fighting Over) Strategy - Kassem
  • The Asymmetric World Order Inter-Imperial Rivalry in the Twenty-First Century - Smith
  • Freedom Rider: Jamal Khashoggi and U.S. Hypocrisy - Kimberley
  • The Ongoing Agony of the Obama-Trump War on the People of Yemen - Baraka
  • A Not So Happy New Year: Tears Flow from the War Hawks Over the Political Crisis of US Imperialism - Haiphong
  • How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen - Freeman
  • Western Complicity in Saudi Arabia's Dirty War in Yemen - Wight
  • A Deceptive Defense Department Report on Torture in Yemen - Larison
  • Articles on Yemen - Truthout
  • Articles on Yemen - The Intercept
  • Articles on Yemen - Truthdig
  • America's War for Global Domination - Chossudovsky
  • 2nd Journal Responses - Due: May 22, 2019

    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

    Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism - The Real News Network

    A Century of War - RT Documentary

    The Collapse of the American Empire? - The Agenda with Steve Paikin

    Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary

    The Propaganda Multiplier:How Global News Agencies and Western Media Report on Geopolitics - Swiss Propaganda Research

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

    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"