Small-group seminars address current problems in international affairs, each focusing on one specific policy question and producing a joint task force report. Restricted to senior majors in International Studies. Prerequisite: SIS 200; SIS 201; SIS 202; SIS 401.
The purpose of this course is to allow students to simulate membership in a Presidential Advisory ComŽmission on U.S. relations with Russia. After a brief review of academic and policy research literature in the first two weeks, students will appoint a chairperson, who will be responsible for setting up sub-commissions on four aspects of U.S.-Russian relations and their global impacts: 1) security/arms control, which will review the status of bilateral cooperative efforts and disagreements in the area of international terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and bilateral and multilateral arms control; 2) trade prospects and constraints, particularly approval of Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization and the need for revision of the Jackson-Vanik amendment; 3) regional conflicts in the "Near Abroad," and the Middle East, and the possibilities of harmonizing U.S. and Russian policies; and 4) human rights practices in Russia, and the impact of the war in Chechnya on U.S.-Russian relations.
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