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Gvpt 309a - Topics in International Relations:Arms Control and International Politics
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GVPT 309A Dr Lois Testa Vietri Fall 2008 THE POLITICS OF WAR FROM VIETNAM TO IRAQ Email lvietri umd edu office 3140 Tydings office telephone 301 405 4152 mobile 609 675 5998 office hours Monday 3 5pm Tuesday 5 6pm and also by appointment OVERVIEW OF THE SEMINAR This new course offering explores Americas wars since 1945 with prime emphasis on its two most controversial wars The Vietnam Wars 1945 1975 and the Iraq War 2003 We examine these two wars and others in terms of the following politics the international and regional political contexts presidents and their advisory systems national security politics presidential congressional politics homefront the politics of humanitarian intervention and military media politics The approach is comparative in nature examining the similarities and differences between the two defining wars of the twentieth and twenty first centuries and the characteristics of post cold war Wars The course design is multidisciplinary in nature features multimedia and guest speakers and requires extensive critical reading and writing of each learning community member Special attention will be paid to the role of war in electoral politics GRADING AND ASSIGNMENT EXPECTATIONS The course will be challenging and demanding but will be rewarding if you are committed There will be substantial reading writing and in class and outside classroom viewing assignment It is imperative that you attend each weekly seminar in its entirety since the nature of the course is cumulative and the class meets only once per week If you plan to miss class it is expected that you give advance notice Grading will be based on a 1100 point system with choice and extra credit built into the grading system Course grades are calculated on the basis of 1000 points 200 points midterm 300 points final study guide will be provided 300 points 6 reaction papers length varies from 2 5 pages 200 points attendance and participation Course grades are calculated as follows 900 1000 A 800 899 B 700 799 C 600 699 D and Below 500 F REQUIRED READING AND VIEWING Lloyd C Gardner and Marilyn B Young eds Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam New York The New Press 2007 Chris Hedges War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning New York Anchor Books 2002 free copies distributed in class Jeffrey Record and W Andrew Terrill Iraq and Vietnam Differences Similarities and Insights Carlisle PA Strategic Studies Institute 2004 http www carlisle army mil ssi www elms umd edu for additional weekly seminar meetings Stay current with the Iraq war using politically and internationally diverse set of print and electronic sources GVPT 3099A page 2 GROUNDRULES AND SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS Please familiarize yourself with the University of Maryland s Code of Academic Integrity http www inform umd edu jpo It is expected that you will prepare your research project and take home midterm following the letter and the spirit of the code Thank you Kindly turn off your cell phones and pagers during class Any student needing special accommodations for disabilities or religious observance please speak with me so that appropriate arrangements can be made WEEKLY SEMINAR TOPICS READING AND ASSIGNMENTS September 2 September 9 Course Overview and Case Study The Politics of War in Early America Reading skim texts and course website www elms umd edu In class viewing Unnecessary War John Adams HBO films Nationalism and War Reading Hedges chapters 1 4 Gardner and Young introduction www elms umd edu Faludi Sheveland In class viewing The Fog of War September 16 Geopolitics of Containment to Pre emption Reading Gardner and Young Danchev Mausbach LaFeber Porter and Kolko articles www elms umd edu Viewing Cold War Series HBK 183 8 S65 C643 Reaction paper 1 due September 23 Presidential Politics and Vietnam Reading Gardner and Young Prados pp 116 122 www elms umd edu In class viewing Lessons from a Lost War View on your own Vietnam Cold War series HBK 183 8 S65 C643 D tente Cold War series HBK 183 8 S65 C643 September 30 Presidential Politics Vietnam Syndrome to the Gulf War Reading www elms umd edu Afghanistan Lessons from a Lost War www gwu edu nsarchiv NSAEBB NSAEBB57 essay2 html In class viewing The Secret Government The Constitution in Crisis HBK AANP 755 View on your own Gulf War www pbs org wgbh pages frontline gulf Soldiers of God Cold War Series HBK E183 8 S65 C643 Operation Urgent Fury HBK F2056 8 Reaction paper 2 due October 7 Presidential Politics Iraq War and the Lessons of Vietnam Reading Gardner and Young Prados pp 106 116 Elliott Bacevich and Prado articles www elms umd edu View on your own Bush s War www pbs org wgbh pages frontline bushswar GVPT 309A page 3 October 14 Politico Military Politics Reading Gardner and Young Gardner Young and McCoy articles www elms umd edu Boot The New American Way of War Foreign Affairs July August 2003 41 59 McCaffrey Armed Forces Journal February 2005 Guest Speaker TBA View on you own Rumsfeld s War www pbs org wgbh frontline shows pentagon view Midterm study guide October 21 Midterm October 28 Congressional Politics and War Reading www elms umd edu Hendrickson Clinton Bush Congress and War Powers Kibe The Rise of the Shadow Warriors Foreign Affairs March April 2004 102 115 Reaction paper 3 due October 29 Special Lecture Chris Hedges War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning November 4 Electoral Politics and War Reading www elms umd edu November 11 War and the Politics of Intelligence Reading www elms umd edu Betts The New Politics of Intelligence Will Reforms Work this Time Foreign Affairs Bergen The Long Hunt for Osama The Atlantic Monthly October 2004 pp 88 100 In class viewing Frontline Ppre emption v the Fourth Amendment View on your own The Torture Question www pbs org wgbh frontline torture view Reaction paper 4 due November 18 Homefront Politics the Vietnam Syndrome and the Iraq Syndrome Reading Gardner and Young Appy article Hedges finish www elms umd edu In class viewing Catastrope 9 11 Fear and the Selling Catastrope 9 11 Fear and the Selling of the American Empire View on your own The Soldier s Heart www pbs org wgbh pages frontline shows heart view Witness to truth Sierra Leone HBK DT516 826 W58 GVPT 309A page 4 November 25 Military Media Politics Reading www elms umd edu Susan D Moeller Follow the Leader in American Journalism Review April May 2004 Guest Speaker TBA Viewing Reporting America At War volume 2 PN478 W37 R462 The Control Room DV 73504 The War Abroad The International Perspective HBK P96 T47


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