Content varies from quarter to quarter.
This seminar will examine the causes and consequences of terrorism, strategies for combating transnational violence, and tensions between counter-terrorism actions and democratic values.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Required readings have not yet been determined. Some suggestions: • Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response • Robert Pape: Dying to Win: the Logic of Suicide Terrorism • Marc Sageman, Understanding Terror Networks • The US Army-Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, forward by David. H. Petraeus (University of Chicago Press, 2007). Also available online: Petraeus, DH, Mattis, JN. Counterinsurgency, FM 3-24. Dept. of the Army: (Final draft-not for implementation) 16 June, 2006. http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm3-24fd.pdf • Max Boot, The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power
Class assignments and grading
• 7-10 page essays on assigned topics; (20% each) • 15-20 page research paper (40%) • Class participation (20%)