UMD GVPT 405 - Syllabus (4 pages)

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Gvpt 405 - Defense Policy And Arms Control

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GVPT 405 National Security Policy George H Quester Spring 2006 There will be a ten 10 page paper a preliminary examination and a final examination ASSIGNED TEXTS Paul J Bolt Damon V Coletta and Collins G Shackelford eds American Defense Policy Johns Hopkins University Press 3005 8th edition paperback Michael E O Hanlon et al Protecting the American Homeland One Year On Brookings Institution Press 2003 paperback Donald M Snow When America Fights Congressional Quarterly Press 2000 paperback Robert J Art and Kenneth N Waltz eds The Use of Force Rowman and Littlefield 2004 paperback sixth edition TOPICS I Introduction to the relationship of politics to military affairs The basic problem of achieving security in a world without a central authority Definitions of strategy Causes of war and systems which temporarily maintain peace The role of geography and geopolitical considerations The special problems of security in Europe since 1945 Bolt pp 3 68 241 268 Snow Section 1 O Hanlon Chapter 1 Art and Waltz 1 5 18 20 II The basic nature of the strategic balance Concepts of deterrence Changes in the nature of military strategy in the wake of nuclear weapons What is unique about nuclear weapons Philosophical problems with the morality of mutual assured destruction Bolt pp 405 414 Snow pp 84 89 Art and Waltz 6 8 12 14 III Problems of conventional war The paradox of limited war when nuclear war is unthinkable Ground war in Europe and elsewhere Conventional air war The promise of new battlefield weapons Possibilities of defensive defense Bolt pp 203 240 359 364 371 398 Snow pp 90 101 Art and Waltz 9 11 13 IV The nature and meaning of arms control Possible differences from disarmament The comparison of strategic reasoning and arms control reasoning Historical examples of formal negotiation on arms restraints Bolt pp 397 404 V Soviet and Russian perspectives on nuclear war and nuclear strategy and American interpretations of such perspectives Chinese and British and French nuclear



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