SKSU 6214 STRATEGY AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY : CONCEPTS & THEORIES
This course is a graduate-level introduction to Strategic and Security Studies as a subfield of International Relations It focuses on the use of military power (alongside non-military means) for political ends in contemporary inter-state system. It aims to expose students with a range of key conceptual tools and theoretical approaches needed to analyse strategic and international issues, especially the motives and manifestations of state strategies in pursuit of security and other goals among the self- interested sovereign actors. These analytical devices include anarchy, power, war, security, “national” interests, alliance, alignment, institutions and other instruments of statecraft, in addition to the propositions of Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism. Particular attention is paid to several recurring themes in world politics, i.e. great power politics, causes of war, sources of peace, the uses and constraints of military force, the functions and limits of diplomacy, the synergies and tradeoffs between multiple policy options (both to big powers and to smaller states), as well as the effects of various domestic and structural variables driving policies and outcomes at the international level.