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William L. D'Ambruoso
POL S 428
Seattle Campus

Military Intervention

Historical and theoretical analysis of military intervention in the post-World War II era. Considers how and why interventions occur and evaluates intervention as a foreign-policy response.

Class description

Theoretical approaches to the study of intervention will include optimists like liberal interventionists and neoconservatives, as well as skeptics such as realists. Cases will likely include "positive" ones in which intervention occurred (e.g., Kosovo) as well as "negative" ones in which substantial intervention did not occur (e.g., Rwanda). We will also touch on alternatives to intervention.

Student learning goals

Discuss a number of cases of intervention and non-intervention with some fluency.

Apply theoretical analysis to future cases of intervention and non-intervention.

Deepen understanding of relevant debates in popular media and periodicals.

Evaluate to choice to intervene against plausible alternatives.

General method of instruction

Each class will devote some time to understanding the readings, and a bit more time to lecture. Relevant films will augment the lecture.

Recommended preparation

Taking Introduction to International Relations (Pol S 203) before this course is recommended.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will probably include one research paper and two midterms.


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 William L. D'Ambruoso
Date: 11/07/2013