There are both required and optional reading listed below. The class schedule specifies which of the following material is required reading and specifies the date the reading assignment is due. Questions are drawn exclusively from required reading. Much of the optional material is here those of you pursuing a thesis topic in the area in this area.
Assigned reading is from the following book available to students free of charge online. Reading assignments in the class schedule include the author’s last name and a chapter number, e.g., Worley 3 and Snow 6.
Orchestrating the Instruments of National Power: A Case for 21st Century National Security Reform, D. Robert Worley (expected publication 2009).
A second book—National Security for a New Era—is entirely optional. The author, Donald Snow, has been around a long time, is mainstream, and is very credible. I offer his book so that you’re not captive to my work.
National Security for a New Era: Globalization and Geopolitics after Iraq, 3rd ed. Donald M. Snow. New York: Pearson Longman, 2008.
Block I: Foundational Concepts and Principles
The Treaty of Westphalia (1648).
David Hume’s Of Balance of Power (1777).
The U.S. Constitution (1787).
Immanuel Kant’s Perpetual Peace (1795).
Worley 1, Worley 2
Snow 1-14, Snow 3, Snow 4, Snow 6.
Block II: National Security Strategy
Kennan’s Long Telegram.
“Competing Visions for U.S. Grand Strategy,” Barry R. Posen and Andrew L. Ross, International Security, vol. 21, no. 3 (Winter 1996-1997), 5-53.
“Campaign 2000: Promoting the National Interest.” Condoleezza Rice. Foreign Affairs, vol. 79, no. 1 (January/February 2000), 45-62.
“Democratization and the Danger of War.” Edward D. Mansfield and Jack Snyder. International Security, vol. 20, no. 1 (Summer 1995), 5-38.
Bush I NSS 1991.
“Clinton Doctrine.” An article about Clinton’s use of force (employment policy)
Worley II, Worley 3, Worley 4.
Snow 5, Snow 7.
Block III: Instruments and Actors
Department of Defense (DoD)
Department of State (DoS)
Department of Justice (DoJ)
Department of the Treasury (DoT)
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
US Information Agency (USIA), DoS Public Diplomacy
Intelligence Community (IC)
House of Representatives
Block IV: Orchestrating the Instruments
“The Formulation of United States Policy Relating to the National Security,” Soures, American Political Science Review (June 1949).
“The National Security Council as a Device for Interdepartmental Coordination: An Interpretation and Appraisal,” Paul Y. Hammond, American Political Science Review (December 1960), 899-910.
“Effective National Security Advising: Recovering the Eisenhower Legacy,” Fred I. Greenstein and Richard H. Immerman, Political Science Quarterly (Autumn 2000), 333-345.
“Effective National Security Advising: A Dubious Precedent,” Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Political Science Quarterly (Autumn 2000), 347-351.
“The NSC’s Midlife Crisis,” Zbigniew Brzezinski, Foreign Policy (Winter 1987-1988), 80-99.
§ LBJ NSAM-132. [not yet found]
§ Bush 2001 NSPD-1a.
§ Obama 2009 PDD-1.
§ Obama 2009 NSC memo 21.
Organizing for “counterinsurgency”
§ Eisenhower’s Overseas Internal Security Program [not yet found]
§ JFK’s Overseas Internal Defense Policy 1962,
§ The releasing NSC document, NSAM-182,
Block V: Practical Application
No assigned readings in Block V.
Block VI: Reform for the 21st Century
§ Hart-Rudman Commission aka National Security Study Group
Politics among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace. Hans J. Morgenthau. New York: Knopf, 1972.
Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power. David Rothkopf. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.