17.468 Foundations of Security Studies

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Develops a working knowledge of the theories and conceptual frameworks that form the intellectual basis of security studies as an academic discipline. Particular emphasis on balance of power theory, organization theory, civil-military relations, and the relationship between war and politics. The reading list includes Jervis, Schelling, Waltz, Blainey, von Clausewitz, and Huntington. Students write a seminar paper in which theoretical insights are systematically applied to a current security issue.

This class has no prerequisites.

17.468 will be offered this semester (Fall 2018). It is instructed by B. Posen.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Tuesdays in E51-390.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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