While in Washington during the May intersession term, you may pursue one of the following courses. These courses meet intensively each day, Sunday through Friday, May 19-24. A mandatory Introductory Session will be scheduled in early April, which will be accessible remotely.
Current Policy Issues in
US-Latin American Relations | PAI 703 | Philp French
2018 LatAm Schedule and Syllabus
This one-week intensive seminar in Washington provides students
with a detailed introduction to the contemporary relationship between the U.S.
and Latin America. The Maymester program offers students the opportunity
to discuss current policy issues with current and former practitioners,
scholars, and non-governmental organization representatives concentrating
on Latin America and its relationship with the U.S.
The seminar will provide participants context and substance from
which to draw to answer questions about the current and historical relationship
between the U.S. and Latin America; is U.S. policy interventionist or
neglectful? How are the current populist trends different than those of
the 20th century? How do U.S.
narcotics, terrorism, and immigration policies shape relations with Mexico and
Latin America’s perception of the U.S. under the Trump administration? How
will the U.S. respond to the challenges of Venezuela, the Lopez Obrador
government in Mexico, and the newly elected president in Brazil? Why did the Free Trade Agreement of the
Americas and the “Washington Consensus” fall out of favor? What are the OAS,
ALBA, UNASUR, and CELAC, and how do they fit together in regional integration
efforts? Can the region escape the boom-and-bust effects of
commodity-based economies? Students will supplement discussions of current
regional affairs with readings on the historical context of the relationship,
challenge common approaches and assumptions, address themes and events
currently in the news, and explore possible responses to major social and
Central Challenges in National Security Law and Policy | PAI 730 | James Baker
Using a series of case study modules that jump off the front page, the course examines critically the hardest U.S. national security law and policy challenges of the decades ahead. The case studies range from decisions to intervene and what laws apply if we do intervene in humanitarian crises, insurrections, or civil wars, and what laws should govern when we are involved; dealing with the Arab Spring; dealing with Iran and North Korea related to nuclear weapons; anticipating and controlling new technologies in warfare and surveillance; managing civil/military relations in protecting the homeland; countering the cyber threats to our infrastructure and cyber attacks waged by nation states, such as China and Russia; managing public health as a national security issue; resource depletion and global warming as a national security issue. Students will learn to integrate legal and policy analyses, and will gain lessons in how policy is made and implemented with significant legal guidance.
Russia and Post-Soviet Politics | PSC 786 | Brian Taylor
A survey of the major issues in
contemporary politics in the post-Soviet region in general, and Russia in
particular. The seminar will briefly examine the pre-Soviet and Soviet
period, but the primary focus of the course is on developments since
1991. Topics to be examined include the Soviet collapse and transition,
the nature of Putinism as a political and economic system, broader patterns of
reform in the post-Soviet space, and Russian foreign and security policy,
including US-Russian relations. We will meet with multiple guests from
the DC area community of Russia scholars and practitioners. We also will watch
two documentary films, one on social change and the transition from communism
in Russia and one on Putin’s motivations for interference in the US 2016