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Reading Assignments Required Books

  • 1.

    Robert J. Art, Grand Strategy for America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002).

  • 2.

    Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Coté, Jr., Sean M. Lynn Jones, and Steven E. Miller, eds., Offense, Defense, and War (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004).

  • 3.

    Seyom Brown, Illusion of Control: Force and Foreign Policy in the 21st Century (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 2003).

  • 4.

    Daniel L. Byman and Matthew C. Waxman, Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

  • 5.

    James L. Dobbins, et al. America's Role in Nation-Building: From Germany to Iraq (Santa Monica: RAND, 2003)

  • 6.

    G. John Ikenberry, ed., America Unrivaled: The Future of the Balance of Power (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003).

Other Required Readings

All other required readings, mostly drawn from scholarly journals and government documents, appear in the GMA P240m Security Studies B Reading Packet. Alternatively, you can access the them via the GMAP II website under "Courses" or via the Tufts University Libraries website (http://www.library.tufts.edu/) under "Electronic Journals."

Average Reading Loads and Reading Strategies

The reading assignments for this course range from 80 to about 140 pages per week. You should be able to complete most weekly reading assignments in two or three hours. Before you begin the assignments during the summer reading period, you might wish to consult the memoranda on "How to Read an Article or Book in IR and Political Science" and "How To Make a Theoretical Argument" in the front of the Reading Packet.

The required readings come largely from the international relations (IR) subfield of political science. Many build upon material you have covered in GMA P202: International Politics and GMA P240 Security Studies A: The Transatlantic Link, but some of them may introduce entirely new theories or concepts. Most of the authors are political scientists who hold faculty appointments at research universities or liberal arts colleges, although a few authors have held appointments in think tanks and in government.

I have tried to select readings that use IR theories to explain "real world" problems in international security and U.S. national security policy. The books, book chapters, and journal articles tend to fall into one of three categories: (1) theory or hypothesis proposing works; (2) hypothesis testing works; or (3) policy prescriptive works that draw upon particular IR theories.

Recommended Readings

For each week during the residencies and the internet-mediated instruction, I have included few recommend readings. I have done so to assist students who are writing team papers or GMAP theses on these topics. Given the time constraints imposed by your work schedules and your other GMAP courses, I advise you not to do the recommended readings unless they are directly pertinent to your team paper and/or your thesis. Please note that the Reading Packet does not include the recommended readings. To access the journal articles, you will need to go to the GMAP II website or the Tufts University Library website's electronic journals section. The Ginn Library and the Tisch Library (which serves the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering) at

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