International Security

Yonhee Hall 113-1 / 2123-5946   E-mail: jongchoi@yonsei.ac.kr  www.jongkunchoi.com


A.       Course Outline


This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts, theories, logics and issues of international security to above junior level college students who are deeply interested in international politics. Students will be expected to read the course materials and be ready for in-class discussions and Q&A sessions throughout the semester. The course will cover hard and soft security issues ranging from deterrence, defense economy, and missile defense to apology and reconciliation in international politics. This is a demanding course that requires students to be serious and ready for the wide spectrum of debates and discussions.


B.       Grading Policy


Attendance: 10% (Trust me. This is very important!).

Mid-Term: 40%.

Final Exam: 40%.

In-Class Discussion: 10%.


C.       Course Materials


Students are responsible for obtaining the course readings, which are mostly downloadable from the Internet database.


D.       Office Hours.


Afternoon on Wednesday and Friday and by appointment.


E. Course Schedule


1. Security.


Barry Buzan, People, States & Fear: The National Security Problem in International Relations (Hemptead, Hertforshire: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1982).

Introduction, pp.1-17

Chapter 1: Individual Security and National Security, pp. 18-25

Chapter 2: National Security and the Nature of State, pp. 36-72

Chapter 3: National Insecurity and the Nature of Threats, pp. 73-92


2. Threat.


Robert H. Johnson, Improbable Dangers : U.S. Conceptions of Threat in the Cold War and After (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994)

Chapter 1: Toward Understanding the Psychological Bases of Threats and the U.S. Tendency to Exaggerate Them, pp. 11-30.

 Stephen Walt, “Chill Out America”, Foreign Policy, (May 29, 2015) <http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/29/chill-out-america-fear-terror-threats/>.


3. War


Rachel L. Mathers Christopher J Coyno, ed., The Handbook of the Political Economy of War (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2011).

Chapter 2: Theories and causes of war, pp. 13-33

Chapter 3: The reasons for wars: an updated survey, pp. 24-57

Chapter 26: Sanctions as alternatives to war, pp. 534-570


4. Liberal Peace & Security


Patrick J. McDonald, The Invisible Hand of Peace: Capitalism, the War Machine, and International Relations Theory (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Chapter 2: Liberal International Relations Theory on War, pp. 23-49

Chapter 4: Liberal Economic Institutions and Peace in the Twentieth Century, pp. 77-110

Chapter 5: Free Trade and Peace in the First Era of Globalization, pp. 111-130

Chapter 7: The Achilles’ Heel of Liberal International Relations Theory?, pp. 185-232

 Stephen G. Brooks, Producing Security (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005).

Chapter 2: Understanding the Globalization of Production, pp. 17-46


5. Apology


Nick Smith, I Was Wrong: The Meaning of Apologies (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Chapter 1: The Meaning of Apologies, pp. 17-27

Chapter 2: Elements of the Categorical Apology, pp. 28-17

Chapter 6: The Relationship between Apologies and Forgiveness, pp. 132-139

Chapter 7: Varieties of Apologies, pp. 140-154

Conclusion: Previewing the Meaings of Apologies in Law, pp. 253-257


6. Memory


Yossi Shain Eric Langen Bacher, ed., Power & the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations (Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2010).

Chapter 1: Collective Memory as a Factor in Political Culture and International Relations, pp. 13-50

Chapter 2: Germany’s National Indentity, Collective Memory, and Role Abroad, pp. 51-70

Chapter 3: Collective Memory and German-Polish Relations, pp.71-96

Chapter 9: Of Shrines and Hooligans: The Suture of History Problem in East Asia After 9/11, pp. 189-202

Conclusion: Collective Memory and the Logic of Appropriate Behavior, pp. 213-224


7. Deterrence


Patrick M. Morgan, Deterrence Now (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Chapter 1: History: deterence in the Cold War, pp. 1-41

Chapter 2: Deterrence and rationality, pp. 42-79

Chapter 6: The revolution in military affairs and deterrence, pp. 203-237


8. Missile Defense


Arthur S. Ding, 'Viewpoint: China's Concerns About Tmd: A Critique', The Nonproliferation Review (Fall 1999), 93-101.

 Gordon R. Mitchell, 'Japan-Us Missile Defence Collaboration: Rhetorically Delicious, Deceptively Dangerous', The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 25 (Winter 2001), 85-108.


9. Political Economy of Arms Development


Marc R. DeVore, and Moritz Weiss, 'Who's in the Cockpit? The Political Economy of Collaborative Aircraft Decisions', Review of International Political Economy, 21 (2014), 497-533.

 Rachel L. Mathers Christopher J Coyno, ed., The Handbook of the Political Economy of War (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2011).

Chapter 13: Arms trade offsets: What we do know?, pp. 243-268




10. Reconciliation


Charles A. Kupchan, How Enemies Became Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, March 2010).

Chapter 1: Stable Peace, pp.1-15

Chapter 2: From International Anarchy to International Society, pp.16-72

Chapter 4: Rapprochement: Supporting Cases, pp. 112-182

Chapter 7: Making Friends and Choosing Friends, pp.389-414

 Choi Jong Kun, 'Sunshine over a Barren Soil: The Domestic Politics of Engagement Identity Formation in South Korea', Asian Perspective, 34 (2010), 115-38.


11. Security Dilemma between USA & China in Asia?


Van Jackson, 'Red Teaming the Rebalance: The Theory and Risks of Us Asia Strategy', Journal of Strategic Studies, 39 (2016), 365-88.

 Evan Braden Montgomery, 'Contested Primacy in the Western Pacific: China's Rise and the Future of U.S. Power Projection', International Security, 38 (Spring 2014), 115-49.

 Gilbert Rozman, 'Reassessing the U.S. Rebalance to Northeast Asia' (2015.06.01) <http://www.fpri.org/article/2015/07/reassessing-the-u-s-rebalance-to-northeast-asia/>.


11. East Asian Peace?


Etel Soligen, 'Pax Asiatica Versus Bella Levantina: The Foundations of War and Peace in East Asia and the Middle East', American Political Science Review, 101 (2007), 757-80.

 Jong Kun Choi, 'Crisis Stability or General Stability? Assessing Northeast Asia’s Absence of War and Prospects for Liberal Transition', Review of International Studies, 42 (2016), 287-309.


12. End of War?


John Mueller, 'Capitalism, Peace, and the Historical Movement of Ideas', International Interactions, 36 (2010), 169-84.

 Christopher J. Fettweis, 'A Revolution in International Relation Theory: Or, What If Mueller Is Right?', International Studies Review, 8 (2006), 677-97