National Security Strategy

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September 29: Introduction / Syllabus

A. Coercive Diplomacy and Military Power


October 2: Modeling Reality

October 4: Strategies in Games

October 6: Rational Behavior (Deterministic)

October 9: Rational Behavior (Probabilistic)

October 11: Credible Moves with Complete Information

October 13: Credible Moves with Incomplete Information

October 16: The Escalation Signaling Game, 1: Costly Signaling

October 18: The Escalation Signaling Game, 2: Commitment

October 20: The Escalation Signaling Game, 3: Screening

October 23: Deterrence and Compellence

October 25: Rationalist Theories of War, 1: Mutual Optimism

October 27: Rationalist Theories of War, 2: Commitment

October 30: Rationalist Theories of War, 3: Costly Peace

November 1: MIDTERM EXAMINATION

November 3: Confrontation with the Soviets

B. Evolution of U.S. Strategic Doctrine


November 6: The Nature of the Soviet Union, 1917-1945

Nov 8: Containment as Grand Strategy during the Cold War

November 10: NO CLASS (Veterans Day)

November 13: Sword and Shield: Deterrence and Defense of Europe, 1945-1952

November 15: Thermonuclear War and Nuclear Deterrence

November 17: Limited War and Korea, 1950-1953

November 20: The New Look: Massive Retaliation, 1953-1960

November 22: Into the Missile Age: Flexible Response, 1961-1969

November 24: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

November 27: The Cuban Missile Crisis

November 29: The Vietnam War, 1954-1975

December 1: Détente and the Strategy of Sufficiency, 1970-1980

December 4: The Reagan Revolution, 1981-1989

December 6: The End of the Cold War, 1989-91

December 8: New World Order, 1990-2000

D. Final Examination


December 12: 11:30a-2:30p