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Christopher D Jones
SIS 421
Seattle Campus

National Security and International Affairs

Major military aspects of contemporary international politics. Uses and limitations of military capabilities for sustaining a stable international order and national security. Processes by which states detect and assess threats to their security; practice of deterrence; transfer of arms among states; pursuit of arms control. Recommended: one SIS or international relations course.

Class description

SIS 421studies how democracies since 1945 have linked security policies from the level of domestic politics to the level of alliance politics to the global level at which democracies confront non-democracies. Examines the applicability of 'realist international relations theory' and other conceptual approaches. Examines case studies, such as the evolution of the US-Japan security relationship and its impact on Japanese domestic politics; the impact of the US alliance system on the civil rights movement in the US; the relationship between the “norms” of the NATO alliance system and the NATO decisions to intervene in the ethno-nationalist wars of Yugoslavia; the relationship between the US military alliance system and non-proliferation regimes in Europe, East Asia, the zone encompassing the mid-east and south Asia; the domestic and alliance politics of the Bush Administration’s doctrine of pre-emption as applied to Iraq as a ‘non-proliferation’ policy and an 'anti-terrorism' policy.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

lecture, discussion

Recommended preparation

some background in one or more of the following: US politics, Eurasian politics, international political economy

Class assignments and grading

200 pages of reading per week weekly short papers long final paper no midterm exam, no final exam

scores on papers


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/11/2006