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Christopher D Jones
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.

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In November of 2010 NATO will conclude a multi-year public process of formulating a “new strategic concept.” The question before this Task Force is whether the Obama Administration should seek an endorsement of this concept from the US Congress and include the NATO concept in the next iteration of the US National Security Strategy. If not, the Task Force is obligated to produce a document of its own to guide US policy on the future of NATO. Some of the questions that may be addressed include: the role of NATO in Afghanistan and the greater Central Asia/South Asian region; how to deal with the threat of international terrorism; NATO’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute; the possible development of nuclear weapons by Iran; whether to deploy a NATO missile defense system for Europe; whether to add as NATO members countries such as Georgia and Ukraine; how to manage NATO-Russia relations; where and by whom NATO’s armory should be produced; differences in attitudes between US and European NATO members on issues such as inclusion of GLBT personnel in military forces and the alleged growing gap between civilian and military culture in the US; and the pressure on financially-strapped European governments to maintain current budgets and force levels.

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Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/21/2010