Summer Timetable

POL380H1S L0101

Topics in International Politics

Contemporary Issues in International Security


This seminar covers the key foreign policy and security related challenges and developments in the post-Cold War world. Topics include great power competition; contemporary cases of inter-state conflict; conventional, nuclear, and non-traditional warfare; terrorism and other transnational threats; security alliances in Africa and Indo-pacific; disruptive technologies, cyber warfare; and the interrelated problem set associated with climate change and environmental protection as well as energy, water, food, and health security. Departing from the conventional emphasis on military power and security alliances prevalent in mainstream International Relations (IR) literature, the course seeks a more comprehensive understanding of international security and its implications.