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Academic Catalog '12-'13 | International Security Studies (M.A.)

International Security (M.A.)

Faculty

Dr. John Davis, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies

Description

The International Security Studies Master of Arts Program equips students with a strong foundation to confront the ever-changing fast paced and challenging international security environment. With an emphasis on traditional and emerging transnational security threats, students are prepared for analytical, operational, and leadership careers in international security in the public and private sectors.

Degree Requirements

The MA ISS is structured around Core, Concentration, Elective, and Research components.

There are currently five concentrations available in the MA ISS Program. Students may elect to choose up to two concentrations, or they can take six electives. The available concentrations are:

The Intelligence concentration equips students with analytical skills to assess long-standing traditional and non-traditional threats. Additionally, this concentration examines the need and use of a legal/ethical framework to understand the international security environment. Finally, the concentration informs students about the critical intelligence concepts (process of collection, dissemination, consumption, assessment and feedback) required in policymaking and execution.

Terrorism represents one of the more diverse concentrations within the ISS program. In this concentration students examine the counterterrorism strategies that were implemented during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations to confront the Al Qaeda transnational terrorist network. Additionally, students are offered an in-depth exploration of terrorism in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

The Africa and International Security concentration explores a number of critical issues: the impact of weak and failed states, the proliferation of safe havens and the expansion of terrorist-related violence, the link between piracy in Somalia and Al Shabab, and the response by regional organizations to local food, resource, environmental and human security threats.

The Middle East and International Security concentration examines the peace negotiations that governed the historic Arab-Israeli and the intractable Israeli-Palestinian disputes. On another level, the concentration exposes students to Iraq’s fledgling democratic experiment; Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons and the consequent regional instability, and it informs students about the on-going “unfinished revolutions” and the impact these tumultuous changes have had on regional stability.

The Gender and International Security concentration provides students with a systematic approach to the gendered causes, costs, and consequences of violent conflicts and the links between gender and human conceptions of security.

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Topics covered in the core classes include but are not limited to: (1) the history of the field, (2) competing conceptions of security, (3) the role of theory, (4) the use of force by state and non-state actors, (5) the role of regional and international organizations, (6) the impact of globalization on security, (7) the emergence of new rivals to the United States, (8) how states deal with transnational crime and transnational terrorism. The objective of the core courses is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental issues that impact international security.

INT 501 SPS Transitions Seminar for Graduate Students
ISS 501 Introduction to International Security
ISS 505 Violent Non-State Actors and Threats to Security
ISS 511 Comparative Perspectives in International Security
ISS 515 Globalization, War, Peace and International Security
ISS 521 United Nations and International Security

Concentrations

Terrorism Concentration:
ISS 621 The Global War on Terrorism
ISS 625 Contemporary Counter Terrorism
ISS 629 Al Qaeda and the Evolution of Fourth Generation Warfare (FGW)

Intelligence Concentration:
ISS 631 Intelligence and Counterintelligence
ISS 635 Intelligence War and Non State Actors
ISS 640 Strategic Intelligence, Policymaking and Execution

Gender and International Security Concentration:
ISS 661 Gender and International Security
ISS 665 Feminist Revisions of International Security Theory
ISS 667 Role of Women, Peace and Establishment of Security

Africa and International Security Concentration:
ISS 645 Africa and the War on Terrorism
ISS 653 Politics Security Threats and Crises in Africa
ISS 655 Piracy in Somalia: Regional and International Security Dimensions

Middle East and International Security Concentration:
ISS 651 Middle Eastern Culture, Language, and Religions
ISS 662 New Frontiers in Middle East Security
ISS 675 Militant Jihadism: Radicalization, Conversion, and Recruitment

Elective Courses (18 credit hours)
Electives may be selected from among any ISS courses in the catalog and also approved cross-listed courses in the SPS catalog. Electives may also be taken from other schools in the Washington Consortium with prior permission or accepted as transfer credit in accordance with the policy on acceptance of graduate transfer credit.

ISS 530 International Law & Global Security
ISS 550 Democratization, Development and International Security
ISS 601 Private Military Contractors and International Security
ISS 605 American Power and Security Interests After 9/11
ISS 611 The American Military and Security Threats in the 21st Century
ISS 621 The Global War on Terrorism
ISS 629 Al Qaeda and the Evolution of Fourth Generation Warfare (FGW)
ISS 635 Intelligence War and Non State Actors
ISS 640 Strategic Intelligence, Policymaking and Execution
ISS 645 Africa and the War on Terrorism
ISS 651 Middle Eastern Culture, Language, and Religions
ISS 661 Gender and International Security
ISS 662 New Frontiers in Middle East Security
ISS 665 Feminist Revisions of International Security Theory
ISS 670 Narco-Terrorism
ISS 675 Militant Jihadism: Radicalization, Conversion, and Recruitment
ISS 681 Weapons Proliferation: International Security Implications
ISS 682 Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: Security Implications
ISS 683 China's Rise: Regional and International Security Implications
ISS 684 Resource Politics and International Security
ISS 685 Cyberterrorism and International Security
ISS 686 Security Threats in South Asia
ISS 687 U.S. Security and Politics in Latin America
ISS 688 Understanding Homeland and International Security

Research (6 credit hours)
The research component includes ISS 680 for 3 credit hours; and ISS 690, a thesis under directed study for 3 credit hours. The thesis may optionally be substituted by additional elective coursework requiring substantial analytical written products.

ISS 680 Research Methods
ISS 690 Master's Thesis
ISS 698 Independent Study
ISS 699 International Security Studies Internship

Course Descriptions

ISS 653 Politics Security Threats and Crises in Africa
ISS 655 Piracy in Somalia: Regional and International Security Dimensions
ISS 629 Al Qaeda and the Evolution of Fourth Generation Warfare (FGW)
ISS 605 American Power and Security Interests After 9/11
ISS 601 Private Military Contractors and International Security
ISS 675 Militant Jihadism: Radicalization, Conversion, and Recruitment
ISS 667 Role of Women, Peace and Establishment of Security
ISS 631 Intelligence and Counterintelligence
ISS 684 Resource Politics and International Security
ISS 688 Understanding Homeland and International Security
ISS 685 Cyberterrorism and International Security
ISS 686 Security Threats in South Asia
ISS 682 Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: Security Implications
ISS 681 Weapons Proliferation: International Security Implications
ISS 687 U.S. Security and Politics in Latin America
ISS 505 Violent Non-State Actors and Threats to Security
ISS 515 Globalization, War, Peace and International Security
ISS 501 Introduction to International Security
ISS 662 New Frontiers in Middle East Security
ISS 683 China's Rise: Regional and International Security Implications
ISS 511 Comparative Perspectives in International Security
ISS 521 United Nations and International Security
ISS 621 The Global War on Terrorism
ISS 625 Contemporary Counter Terrorism
ISS 635 Intelligence War and Non State Actors
ISS 665 Feminist Revisions of International Security Theory
ISS 611 The American Military and Security Threats in the 21st Century
ISS 645 Africa and the War on Terrorism
ISS 697 Directed Research
ISS 670 Narco-Terrorism
ISS 661 Gender and International Security
ISS 651 Middle Eastern Culture, Language, and Religions
ISS 698 Independent Study
ISS 699 International Security Studies Internship
ISS 640 Strategic Intelligence, Policymaking and Execution
ISS 680 Research Methods
ISS 690 Master's Thesis
ISS 530 International Law & Global Security
ISS 550 Democratization, Development and International Security

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