While in Washington during the May intersession term, you may pursue one of the following courses: Current Policy Issues in US-Latin American Relations or Challenges to Crisis and Disaster Management. These two seminars meet intensively each day, Sunday through Saturday, during the last week of May. Note that professional dress is required for seminars meeting in DC.
Current Policy Issues in
US-Latin America Relations
PAI 703 Section M001
Syllabus and Schedule
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 it’s relationship with the U.S.
Students will supplement discussions of current regional affairs
with readings on the historical context of the relationship. The seminar
will challenge common approaches and assumptions, address themes and events
currently in the news, and explore possible responses to major social and
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 is the so-called Latin American "new left" different
from the old? Is “participatory democracy” a legitimate alternative to
representative democracy?” How do U.S. narcotics, terrorism, and
immigration policies shape relations with Mexico and Latin America’s perception
of the U.S.? Will normalization with Cuba have any real impact? Why
did the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas and the “Washington Consensus”
fall out of favor? Do the problems in Venezuela and Brazil, and the
election of a center-right government in Argentina, indicate a regional political
shift or merely local politics as usual? 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
The one-week seminar in Washington, DC will begin with an
introductory class in April in Syracuse, at which students will be introduced
to the region through discussion and readings, and receive the course syllabus
and reading requirements.
seminar in Syracuse - Date TBA
Seminar in DC: May 20-26, 2018
Instructor Philip French teaches this course
Challenges to Crisis and Disaster Management
PAI 700 / ECS 600
2017 Schedule and Syllabus
There is no place on earth immune from the effects of crises
and disasters. Leaders around the world
struggle to protect their populations in an uncertain time of weather events,
terrorism, and political instability.
Such events can emerge within any domain, have human and/or natural
origins, and be of variable duration and scope. How we anticipate, respond, and learn from
crises and disasters often makes the difference between catastrophe and
This course examines the struggles that policymakers,
disaster managers, and citizens face during crisis and disaster situations. It identifies the reasons why these events
are so difficult to plan for and to manage.
It also explores best (and worst) practices in forecasting, preparing
for, managing, communicating, and learning from crises. The course is held in Washington, DC
in order to facilitate students interacting with persons experienced in
managing crises and disasters at the local, national, and international levels
and in government as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations. In the course students
will cover such topics as understanding risk, leadership and decision making,
vulnerability and resilience, preparedness and mitigation, and how institutions
respond. Students will apply what they
are learning to a case study of a crisis/disaster, engage in simulation
exercises, and visit where such management occurs.
Introductory seminar in Syracuse - Date TBA
Seminar in DC: May 20-26, 2018
Professor Margaret Hermann and Randall Griffin instruct this course.