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2014-2 POL3826-01

[Fall 2014] INTERNATIONAL SECURITY (Mon 2,3 Wed 4 )

Prof. Choi, Jong Kun

Yonhee Hall 113-1 / 2123-5946   E-mail: Jongchoi@yonsei.ac.kr, Homepage: http://www.jongkunchoi.com/


Background Motive

The course will introduce and discuss basic building blocs of IR theories and major analytical frameworks. We will discuss ways to explain and interpret international political events. The unique aspect of this course is to blend theories with international security issues in depth. Students are expected to reflect on real-life examples in international politics. This is a graduate reading seminar that requires students’ active participation in verbal and written forms. Students are expected to have read the required readings before the class. Intensive discussions will be the main crux of the seminar. The instructor will continuously raise questions, analytical and substantial, to students, who are expected to respond simultaneously. The objectives of this course are (a) to understand mainstream theories of International Relations; (b) to examine the explanatory power of these theories; (c) discuss how to apply them to the study of international politics; and (c) to demonstrate how these theories can be used to analyze issues in international security.


Course Evaluation

Mid-Term: 30%, Final 30%, Contemporary Security Issue Briefing: 20%, Attendance : 10%


*Contemporary Security Issue (CSI) Briefing: This is a group project. Among 5 contemporary security issues, you are to choose one and write a state of the issue report. The report should be no more than 10 pages and be typed. You are also responsible for making an in-class presentation for MAX 15 minutes.


Course Schedule


Week 1. 09.01 & 03. Introduction & Orientation , Rise of the Rest Defining the Concept of Security - Security vs. Liberty.

Allan Collins. "Ch.1 What is Security Studies?"


Week 2, No class due to Chooseok Holidays


Week 3. 09.15 & 17.  Rise of the Rest , No class

Charles A Kupchan, No One`s World : The West, the Rising Rest and the Coming Global Turn (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012), Ch.1, Ch, 4;

Fareed Zakaria, The Post American World Updated and Expanded 2.0 (New York : Norton, 2011), ch.1,2 and 4..


Week 4. 09.22 & 24. Approaches to Security : Realism

Charles L` Glaser "Ch.2 Realism," Michael Sheehan, "Ch.11 Military Security


Week 5. 09.29 & 10.1. Approaches to Security: Liberalism

Patrick Morgan,"Ch.3 Liberalism", Christopher M Dent, "Ch 15. Economic Security"


Week 6. 10.06 & 8. Approaches to Security: Constructivism

Christine Agius “ Ch.4 Social Constructivism”, Paul Roe, “13 Societal Security”


Week 7. 10.13 & 15. Danger and Fear

Robert Johnson, Improbable Dangers : US. Conceptions of Threat in the Cold War and Afer (New York: St. Martin`s Press, 1994), pp.1-48.


Week 8. 10.20 & 22.

No Class But EXAM


Week 9. 10.27 & 29. Contemporary Security Issue 1: Human Security

Ch. 6 Human Security by Pauline Kerr


Week 10. 11.03 & 05. Contemporary Security Issue 2: WMD & IS

James J Writz, "Ch. 19 Weapons of Mass Destruction";

Scott D. Sagan, “Why Do States Build Nuclear Weapons? Three Models in Search of a Bomb,” International Security 21, no.3 (Winter 1996/97), pp. 54-86;

John Muller, “The Essential Irrelevance of Nuclear Weapons: Stability in the Postwar World,” International Security 13, no.2 (Fall 1988), pp.55-79


Week 11. 11.10 & 12. Contemporary Security Issue 3: Power Transition by A Rising China & IS

Zhu Feng, “China’s Rise Will be Peaceful: How Unipolarity Matters” in Robert Ross and Zhu Feng, eds. China’s Ascent : Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008), pp. 34-54;

G. John Ikenberry, “The Rise of China and the Future of the West,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 2008), pp.23-37;

Aaron Friedberg, “The Future of U.S.-China Relations: Is Conflict Inevitable?,” International Security, Vol. 30, No.2 (Fall 2005), pp. 7–45.

Jonathan Kirshner, “The Consequences of  China’s Economic Rise for Sino-U.S Relations.” in Robert S. Ross and  Zhu Feng, eds., China ‘s Ascent : Power, Security, and The future of International Politics(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008).


Week 12. 11.17 & 19. Contemporary Security Issue 4: American Hegemony or not & IS  

Robert Jervis, “Unipolarity: A Structural Perspective,” World Politics, Vol. 61, No.1 (January, 2009), pp. 188-213;

Fareed Zakaria, “The Future of American Power: How America Can Survive the Rise of the Rest,” Foreign Affairs (May/June 2008).


Week 13. 11.24 & 26. Contemporary Security Issue 5 : Northeast Asian Security

David C Kang, “International Relations Theory and the Second Korean War,” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 47, No.3 (September 2003), pp. 301-324;

Jong Kun Choi, "Predictions of Tragedy vs. Tragedy of Predictions in Northeast Asian Security," the Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Vol.28, No.1. (Spring, 2006), pp. 7-33;

Jong Kun Choi and Chung In Moon, "Understanding Northeast Asian Dynamics: Inventory Checking and New Discourse on Power, interest, and identity", International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Vol. 10, No. 2 (April, 2010), pp. 343-372


Week 14. 12.01&03 Contemporary Security Issue Wrap-Up

Lecture Only


Week 15. 12.08&10 Final examinations

Week 16. 12.15 &12.17 Final examinations