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Session   Type Title  
1 Lecture Introduction [Slides
2 Lecture Security Studies - the Relationship between Theory and Policy [Slides
3 Lecture Strategy, the Security Dilemma, and the Offense--Defense Balance [Slides
4 Lecture Measuring Variable and Causal Effects--Offense-Defense Theory [Slides
5 Lecture U.S. Grand Strategy in a Unipolar World [Slides
6 Lecture Debating Global Reactions to U.S. Preponderance
7 Lecture Dynamics of Coercion: Credibility, Capability, and 1930s Appeasement Crises [Slides
8 Lecture Doing Research in Security Studies--Some Tips
9 Lecture Debates about Airpower and Strategic Bombing
10 Lecture Punishment and Strategic Interdiction: Allied Bombing of Germany [Slides
11 Lecture Explaining Japan's Unconditional Surrender [Slides
12 Lecture Paradoxes of U.S. Military Dominance [Slides
13 Lecture Precision Airpower, SOF, and the "Afghan Model" of Warfare [Slides
14 Lecture U.S. Nuclear Doctrine and Force Posture (1991-present) [Slides
15 Lecture The Privatization of Military Forces and Functions [Slides
16 Lecture The Rise of China and the Future of the Balance-of-power in Asia [Slides
17 Lecture Nuclear Weapons Proliferation [Slides
18 Lecture Nuclear Deterrence between Enduring Rivals--India and Pakistan
19 Lecture Dealing with a Nuclear-Armed Iran (a crisis simulation)
20 Lecture Ethnic/Sectarian Civil Wars and Criteria for Military Intervention [Slides
21 Lecture Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: Iraq [Slides
22 Lecture Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: Afghanistan [Slides
23 Lecture State Sponsorship of Terrorism [Slides
24 Lecture Limits of State Sponsored Terrorism [Slides
25 Lecture Conclusions [Slides