Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
Prerequisite : There is no strict pre-requisite for this course. Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : Assiduity and participation (10%), oral presentation and debate (40%), and a 5,000-word research paper (excluding footnotes) due at the end of the term (50%). Pedagogical method : Each session is divided in two parts, the ﬁrst being a lecture, and the second a student-led seminar, where one or two students will present their research paper and then chair the discussion that follows. The topic is of the student's choosing with teacher approval, and has to be related to the day's theme. All students and not just the seminar leaders should actively contribute to seminar discussions. Course Description : This course offers a general introduction to the place of war in international relations, from an interdisciplinary perspective. It starts with international relations theory – how the main approaches, realism, liberalism, constructivism and others, understand and explain war – before turning to epistemological issues (bureaucratic politics and misperception), and practical issues such as preventive war, humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, aerial bombing, armed drones and targeted killings, trade, democracy and the environment. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
Course validation : All students are expected : - to individually write a policy paper on a problem covered by the conferences and to provide recommendations for addressing it (50% of the ﬁnal mark) ; - to prepare and deliver a 10 min. brieﬁng on one of the proposed topics (30% of the ﬁnal mark) ; - to contribute to the elaboration by the class of a weekly newsletter on WMD proliferation/counter-proliferation issues. (10% of the ﬁnal mark) ; - to actively participate to the last session tabletop exercise (10% of the ﬁnal mark) ; - to actively participate during the coursework (10% of the ﬁnal mark). Workload : Before each session, a comprehensive presentation (slides on technology, policy, operational aspects) will be forwarded, few days in advance : it will support discussions during the course and provide professional basic knowledge for future appointments in counter-proliferation. Students will be supposed to have read it carefully before the lecture which will be a summary (key points, clariﬁcation if needed) and comments. Students are encouraged to visit dedicated blogs on proliferation and read weekly on news related to proliferation issues in order to contribute to the elaboration of the weekly newsletter. Pedagogical method : Most of the sessions will include : a short overview of the headlines regarding proliferation issues (based on the weekly newsletter prepared by the students), one or two 10-min brieﬁngs prepared by the students followed by a debate, and the lecture itself (interactive discussions are encouraged). The last session will be managed as a table-top exercise played by the students and moderated by the instructor. Course Description : The proposed methodological course focuses on the skills – analytical, managerial and political – that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation analysis, counter-proliferation situations management and enforced disarmament positions demand. It mainly develops policies, technologies and operations relevant to real-life cases aimed at disrupting proliferation, current and past. The lens will be both national and international. Required reading : Physics for Future President, Richard A. Muller, Norton ed., 2008 ; Cirincione, Joseph ; and al. 2005. Deadly Arsenals :
WMD COUNTER-PROLIFERATION : INTERDICTION, DETERRENCE AND DEFENSE
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Opened to the exchange program
Teachers : Fouad EL KHATIB (Adjoint au chef de service en charge des questions régionales, ministère de la Défense). Prerequisite : Applicants should have a basic knowledge of non-proliferation treaties and export control regimes, as those topics will not be discussed in