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Robert Huber
SIS 495
Seattle Campus

Task Force

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.

Class description

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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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: 10/21/2010