Open to First Year Students
Policy and Strategy in War and Peace
|Crosslisting: GOVT 330|
This course explores how the relations, relationships, and discourse between senior national civilian and military leaders influence the development and execution of policy and strategy in war and peace. In theory, the purpose of war is to achieve a political end that sees a better peace. In practice, the nature of war is to serve itself if it is not influenced and constrained by continuous discourse and analysis associated with good civil-military relations between senior leaders. This course begins with discussion of the key foundational works to build a common understanding. It then explores how civil-military interaction influenced strategy in war and peace for each decade from the Vietnam War to the present. The readings and seminar discussions also examine how the outcomes of wars influenced civil-military relations and the subsequent peace or wars. This course lies at the intersection of international relations, history, and conflict studies. Students will gain greater understanding of how U.S. policy makers, strategy, and war interact, while honing their critical thinking and writing skills.
|Credit: 1||Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CSPL|
|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
|Level: UGRD||Prerequisites: None|
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Intl.)|
Robert M. Cassidy, Ph.D.
Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
Chamberlain Project Teaching Fellow