International Security Policy (ISP)

International Security Policy Curriculum

The International Security Policy concentration is designed for students interested in international conflict and conflict management, defense policy, military strategy, arms control, intelligence, peacekeeping, coercion, negotiation, and alternatives to the use of force as an instrument of policy. It provides a conceptual foundation for understanding conflict and the political, economic, and military components of policies and capabilities for coping with the possibility of war, as well as expertise for analyzing specific functional and regional security issues.

ISP Audit Form 2017-18.pdf

Richard Betts, Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies; Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies; Professor of International and Public Affairs; Director of the International Security Policy Concentration

Severine Autesserre, Associate Professor of Political Science

Matthew ConnellyProfessor of History; Director

John GentryAdjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Stuart Gottlieb, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Scott Harold, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jason Healey, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

John Hirsch, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Colin Jackson, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor and Professor of International and Public Affairs

Stuart Johnson, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Sarah Kovner, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

William H. Luers, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Annemarie McAvoy, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Richard Nephew, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

David Rothkopf, Visiting Professor (part-time) of International and Public Affairs

Stephen Sestanovich, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy

Mitchell Silber, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Naomi Weinberger, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

The International Security Policy Concentration (ISP) requires 15 points, consisting of 5 three-point courses: 1 core course; 1 from General Problems in International Security and Conflict Management; 1 Use of Force; 2 electives (preferably including a course on security issues in a particular country or region)

1. Core Course

INAF U6871War, Peace & Strategy3

2. General Problems in International Security and Conflict Management

Select at least one of the following:

INAF U4545Contemporary Diplomacy3
INAF U6383Dynamics of Cyber Power and Conflict3
INAF U6389State Formation, Violence, and Intervention in the Modern World3
INAF U6416Third World Security Issues3
INAF U6440Peace Operations in Fragile States3
INAF U8132Intelligence & Special Operations3
INAF U8142Intelligence & Foreign Policy3
INAF U8818Topics in International Ethics3
Political Science
POLS GR6801Theories of International Relations4
POLS G8844Nationalism4
POLS G8863Conflict and Cooperation in World Politics4
POLS GR8866International Signaling and Communication4
Law School
LAW L9377Enforcing International Law2

3. Use of Force

Select at least one of the following:

INAF U6228Cybersecurity3
INAF U6285Methods for Defense Analysis and Assessment3
INAF U6345Analytic Techniques for Military Policy3
INAF U6384Cyberwar3
INAF U6387Terrorism & Counterterrorism3
INAF U6388Modern Urban Terrorism3
INAF U6393Evolving Military Strategy Post-9/113
INAF U6398Unconventional Warriors3
INAF U6399Weapons of Mass Destruction3
INAF U6789Special Operations, Counterterrorism, and Counterinsurgency3
INAF U6799Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict3
INAF U6805Limited War & Low Intensity Conflict3
INAF U6880Planning U.S. Military Forces3
INAF U8879Technology and National Security3

4 and 5. Electives

Select two courses from those below or any of those above in General Problems or Use of Force:

HIST G8235Expressions of Identities and Change in Muslim Eurasia4
HIST GR8703Modern Arabic Intellectual History4
HIST G8712The U.S., the Middle East, and the Cold War4
INAF U6161African Institutions in a Changing Regional & Global Security Environment3
INAF U6209E-Government & Digital Diplomacy3
INAF U6221Navigating by Starlight - the Challenges of Conflict Resolution3
INAF U6346US Role in World Affairs I3
INAF U6347US Role In World Affairs II3
INAF U6379Privacy, Secrecy, and Surveillance: History and the Future3
INAF U6382Technology, National Security & the Citizen3
INAF U6386Policy Dilemmas in Cybersecurity3
INAF U6388Modern Urban Terrorism3
INAF U6391Conflict Resolution3
INAF U6396Mediation of Armed Conflict: Dilemmas, Strategies and Methods3
INAF U6430East Asian Security3
INAF U6445Talking with the Enemy3
INAF U6470The Logic of the Weak State3
INAF U6485Law & Politics of Conflict Management and Intervention3
INAF U6553Advancing Human Protection3
INAF U6556United Nations: Challenges and Alternatives3
INAF U6564Applied Peacebuilding: Fieldwork3
INAF U6680Geopolitics of Oil & Natural Gas 23
INAF U6727Deconstructing Afghanistan3
INAF U6784The Practice of Economic Sanctions1.5
INAF U6794Ideas and American Foreign Policy3
INAF U6796War and Captivity3
INAF U6798Central Issues in American Foreign Policy3
INAF U6802International Law3
INAF U6848Threat Financing and Anti-Money Laundering1.5
INAF U6869The Evolution of Civil War Mediation Strategy3
INAF U6940Analytic Thinking, Writing and Briefing3
INAF U8136US Foreign Policy-Persian Gulf3
INAF U8415US-Latin American Relations: WWII to Present3
INAF U8488Contemporary Russian Security Policy3
INAF U8507The Security Council and Peacekeeping in Africa in the 21st Century3
INAF U8508Inside the Security Council: Inequality at Work3
INAF U8559Building Peace After Conflict1.5
INAF U8564Culture and Foreign Policy: China, India3
INAF U8565European Security3
INAF U8566China's Security and the Peoples' Liberation Army3
INAF U8876Nuclear Proliferation Concepts for Non-Scientists1
INAF U8867International Enforcement and the UN Security Council3
INAF U8869Civil Wars and Peace Settlements3
INAF U8885Conflict Assessment3
INAF U8909Environment, Conflict & Resolution Strategies3
LAW L6410Constitution and Foreign Affairs3
LAW L6458National Security Law3
LAW L6549Terror and Consent
LAW L8079Latin American Law3
LAW L8870Geopolitics of Law and Conflict on the Korean Peninsula
LAW L9001United Nations Peacekeeping2
ORLJ Y6040Fundamentals of Cooperation, Conflict resolution and Mediation in Different Institutional Contexts
POLS GU4405Insurgencies and Conflicts in Southeast Asia4
POLS GU4845National Security Strategies of the Middle East: A Comparative Perspective4
POLS GU4871Chinese Foreign Policy4
POLS G8205History of East-West Relations in Post-WWII Europe
POLS GR8807Armed Groups and Political Violence4
POLS G8811Civil Wars4
POLS G8823Debates in International Peace Interventions: Constructivists, critical theorists, pols-structuralists, feminists, and their critics4
POLS G8833Law of War3
POLS G8843International Law and International Relations4
POLS G8844Nationalism4
POLS G8853Normative and Empirical Perspectives on International Law3
POLS G8865United States Foreign Policy4
POLS GR8870US Relations with East Asia4
POLS G8876US-Japan Relations from WWII to Present3
PUAF U6801Negotiation & Conflict Resolution3
REGN U6658United States - Southeast Asia Relations3
REGN U6660Security and International Politics of the Persian Gulf3
REGN U6725Modern Afghanistan: History, Culture, Politics3
REGN U6719Middle East Conflicts and Global Security3
REGN U8588Modern Iran: From Monarchy to Islamic Republic3
REGN U8750Political Transitions in the Former Soviet Union3
INAF U6551Why We Fail: Lessons in Conflict Resolution and Atrocity Prevention3
REGN U8757Ukrainian Foreign Policy3

All students are encouraged to discuss their proposed schedule with their advisor.

Year 1
Core: Conceptual Foundations (MIA) Politics of Policy Making (MPA)13SIPA U4201 or U640113
SIPA U40400.5SIPA U65003
SIPA U4200 or U640013ISP Concentration Course #1 (Group A or B)3
INAF U68713Specialization Course 1 3
Core: Management Course or Financial Management Course3Core: Management Course or Financial Management Course3
 12.5 15
Year 2
Elective 3Core: Capstone Workshop 3
ISP Elective 1 3ISP Elective 23
Specialization Course 2 3Specialization Course 3 3
Elective 3Internship Registration (optional) 1.5, 3
ISP Concentration Course #2 (Group A or B)3Elective3
 15 13.5-15
Total Points: 56-57.5

 Courses must be taken in the semester listed.


 Satisfies MIA interstate Relations requirement.

Group A: General Problems in International Security and Conflict Management
Group B: Use of Force

Year 1

Foreign Language - For MIA students and EPD concentrators who need to take language courses to fulfill the
degree/concentration requirement, your schedule may need to be adjusted accordingly.