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.
U.S. Policy Toward Iran Iran is likely to become a major foreign policy problem for the United States in the coming months. Conservatives who have taken over the government in recent elections make no secret of their anti-Americanism, and they have no intention of abandoning their nuclear programs. If Iran continues along this line, its policies are bound to clash with US interests in the region. United States finds itself having to confront this issue at a time when its military assets are tied up in Iraq, its alliances are frayed, and its economic trends have made it particularly vulnerable to global pressures. The members of this Task Force will come up with a clear set of policy proposals about how the US should handle this gathering storm. They are expected to contribute to a jointly-prepared report that will provide background to the tensions in the US-Iran relations and explain the policy proposals, which the report will be recommending. The students will be graded on their contribution to the design, development, and the drafting of the final report of the Task Force. The students should learn as much as they can about Iran, US-Iran relations and the nature of the current crisis once their enrollment in this Task Force is confirmed. The following background books are useful as a background and will be ordered through the University Bookstore: Nikki Keddie, Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution, New Haven: Yae Univeristy Press, 2003; Stephen Kinzer, All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2004; Ervand Abrahamian et. al.., Inventing the Axis of Evil: The Truth about North Korea, Iran, and Syria, New York: New Press, 2004.
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