Students should contact the departmental representative with course-related questions.

School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

The School of International and Public Affairs also offers two certification programs over the summer:

Certification of Professional Achievement in Critical Issues in International Relations

Certification of Professional Achievement in United Nations Studies

Students may also apply to take individual SIPA courses without pursuing a certification.

Departmental Representative for Critical Issues in International Relations:
Stuart Gottlieb
School of International and Public Affairs
13th Floor International Affairs Bldg.
212-854-9282
smg16@columbia.edu

Departmental Representative for United Nations Studies:
Elisabeth Lindenmayer
School of International and Public Affairs
el2253@columbia.edu

To request a syllabus, please contact the course instructor. You can find contact information for an instructor on the university directory.

INAF S6387D Terrorism and Counterterrorism. 3 Points.

Runs from May 22 - June 30,PERMISSION REQ FOR CC/GS STUDENTS CONTACT smg16@columbia.edu

This course examines the origins and evolution of modern terrorism, the challenges posed by terrorist groups to states and to the international system, and strategies employed to confront and combat terrorism. We assess a wide variety of terrorist organizations, and explore the psychological, socioeconomic, political, and religious causes of terrorist violence past and present. We also analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various counterterrorism strategies, from the point of view of efficacy as well as ethics, and look into ways in which the new threat of global terrorism might impact the healthy functioning of democratic states.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 22558 Stuart Gottlieb T Th 2:00pm - 5:10pm
Room TBA

INAF S6552D United Nations & Human Rights. 3 Points.

Runs From May 22- June 30,PERMISSION REQ FOR CC/GS STUDENTS CONTACT EL2253@columbia.edu

What is the UN track record in promoting and protecting human rights? This intense six-week course will examine the UN human rights standards, mechanisms, institutions and procedures established over the past sixty years and question their effectiveness. With a particular focus on the actions (or lack thereof) of the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights Council and diverse international judicial institutions like the International Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court, the course will illustrate, through practical case studies, the inherent challenges associated with the protection of human dignity, the enforcement of human rights and the fight against impunity.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 14814 M W 5:00pm - 8:10pm
Room TBA

INAF S6554D The United Nations and the Challenges of Peace building. 3 Points.

Runs From May 22- June 30,PERMISSION REQ FOR CC/GS STUDENTS CONTACT EL2253@columbia.edu

It is now a well known fact that countries embroiled in conflict seldom emerge from it "once and for all." They tend to relapse back into conflict within months or years. The reasons are also well-known: low education and high poverty levels, weak or non- existent institutions, poor governance, exclusion and marginalization of certain groups including women and poor economic prospects certainly in livelihoods. And yet Peace building in the international context is a relatively new concept. It appeared in the in the UN lexicon in the 1980s and has evolved as a normative concept since. Peace building is complex and multi-faceted encompassing security, human rights, development and reconciliation of past differences and ultimately societal transformation. It is before everything else a political exercise. This course will ask: How is Peace building done, who are the actors and stakeholders? What lessons have we learnt since the 1980s? What does it take to build the peace? The course will give an understanding of the evolution of the norm of peace building at the United Nations and discuss the new UN Peace building architecture. Ten years after its creation, has the Peace Building Commission made a difference and why? What have been its challenges? It will look at the many stakeholders on the ground and discuss the issue of coordination and the need for integrated strategies. It will provide examples of countries that have succeeded, analyze the root causes of the conflicts and the tools which were used. It will extract the lessons learned and the conditions for peace building to succeed.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 16030 JAMES WILLIAM RAWLEY T Th 2:00pm - 5:10pm
Room TBA

INAF S6559Q The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security. 3 Points.

Runs from July 3- August 11,PERMISSION REQ FOR CC/GS STUDENTS CONTACT EL2253@columbia.edu

This past year marked the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations (UN) and the year when a new Secretary-General will be selected by the Security Council to succeed Ban Ki Moon. At this critical juncture, the international system is being challenged to provide adequate responses to the rise of violent extremist groups, waves of refugees arriving in Europe, and to -­â€ fewer but deadlier -­armed conflicts. As prevention continues to be elusive and recent - mostly intrastate -­armed conflicts have proven to be particularly resistant to peaceful settlement whether through mediation, the deployment of peace operations or peacebuilding projects, the question of the relevance of the UN is posed yet again. Has the Security Council been successful in using the tools at its disposal, from prevention to peace operations and enforcement measures? What has become of the Responsibility to Protect? Is a divided Security Council facing a crisis of relevance? What does it mean for peace operations sent where there is no peace to keep? What are the persisting obstacles to effective prevention? What are the lessons from the evolving partnership with regional organizations? How can peace be sustained over the long term? What will have been Ban Ki Moon's legacy? What are the prospects for UN reform and what could it look like? To address these questions and more, the course will examine the evolving role of the world organization in global security, shaped by its member states with different strategic interests and by the broader geopolitical context in which it operates.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 67066 Jeremy Boutellis M W 2:00pm - 5:10pm
Room TBA

INAF S6569Q The UN and Development. 3 Points.

Runs from July 3- August 11,PERMISSION REQ FOR CC/GS STUDENTS CONTACT EL2253@columbia.edu

This six week course provides an overview of the contribution the United Nations development system has made in the sphere of development. The course traces the historical evolution of the UN's contribution in the areas of development cooperation, poverty reduction, environment and climate, human rights, gender and humanitarian action. It explores the emerging role of non-state actors, in particular the private sector and civil society. The last sessions will examine in detail the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 and the recognition that to be relevant in today's rapidly changing world, the UN must commit itself to major reform. The course will draw extensively from the practical experience of the instructor.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 75978 Bruce Jenks T Th 2:00pm - 5:10pm
Room TBA

INAF S6572Q Comparative Foreign Policy. 3 Points.

Runs from July 3- August 11,PERMISSION REQ FOR CC/GS STUDENTS CONTACT smg16@columbia.edu

This course explores the unique and distinct foreign policy behavior of different states in the international system. Explanations of state behavior will be drawn from many overarching international relations frameworks including but not necessarily limited to realism, liberalism, and constructivism. The effects of power, culture, institutions and history will be examined.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 13646 Zachary Shirkey M W 2:00pm - 5:10pm
Room TBA

INAF S6795Q US Foreign Policy. 3 Points.

Runs from July 3- August 11,PERMISSION REQ FOR CC/GS STUDENTS CONTACT smg16@columbia.edu

This course examines the foundations, decision-making processes, and substance of American foreign policy, particularly as it has developed over the past fifty years. We explore the role of American political culture, the presidency, Congress, and the foreign policy bureaucracy in helping to determine America's relationship with other states and international organizations. We pay particular attention to the recurring tensions that run through American foreign policy: isolationism v. internationalism, security v. prosperity, diplomacy v. military power, unilateralism v. multilateralism, and realism v. idealism. Each week we will explore a broad theoretical/conceptual theme and then focus on a specific topic that exemplifies a practical application of the theme.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 75161 Bruce Cronin T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
Room TBA

INAF S6800D International Relations: Theory & Concepts. 3 Points.

Runs From May 22- June 30,PERMISSION REQ FOR CC/GS STUDENTS CONTACT smg16@columbia.edu

Through a review of major academic literature, lectures, and class discussion, this course examines many of the central concepts, theories, and analytical tools used in contemporary social science to understand international affairs. The theoretical literature is drawn from fields including comparative politics, international relations, political sociology, and economics. The course is designed to enhance students' abilities to think critically and analytically about current problems and challenges in international politics.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 73594 Hisham Aidi M W 5:30pm - 8:40pm
Room TBA

INAF S6820D International Political Economy. 3 Points.

Runs from May 22 – June 30,PERMISSION REQ FOR CC/GS STUDENTS CONTACT smg16@columbia.edu

This course serves as an introduction to the study of international political and economic relations. We look at the connections between politics and economics as well as markets and governments and relate them to key substantive issue areas such as finance, trade, investment, marketing, income inequality and poverty, and globalization. In examining the issue areas, we shall look both at how scholars think about them and how private and public decision makers analyze and impact them.  The teaching is informed by the sharing with students knowledge deriving from multiple disciplines, cultures, and languages to help them gain useful real-world insights.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 66250 Giuseppe Ammendola M W 2:00pm - 5:10pm
Room TBA

INAF S6801Q East Asian Security: Power, Institutions, and Ideas. 3 Points.

Runs from July 3 - August 11.  PERMISSION REQ FOR CC/GS STUDENTS CONTACT smg16@columbia.edu

This course empowers students to develop a deep understanding of the major issues of East Asian security. We will examine the various challenges to stability in East Asia in the context of power, institutions, and ideas (the three primary factors that impact international relations), including: China’s increasing assertiveness; the North Korean nuclear crisis; historical stigma amongst Japan, South Korea, and China; lingering Cold War confrontations on the Korean Peninsula and across the Taiwan Strait; and an unstable relationship between the US and China. Through a comparison with the West, students will inquire whether a unique approach is required when considering appropriate responses to security issues in East Asia.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 63279 T Th 2:00pm - 5:10pm
Room TBA

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.