INTL 5590 Week 1: Caravan Security Discussion RESPOND TO NATALIA & CHRISTOPHER

INTL 5590
Week 1:
Caravan Security Discussion
RESPOND TO NATALIA & CHRISTOPHER (200 words each)
Review the discussion
questions in Neack, ch. 1, 18. In the run-up to the US 2018 elections, the
Trump administration focused on a migrant “caravan” that originated
in Central America and was working its way towards the US border. The Biden
administration faces the same issue and related policy questions; see, for
example, Daina Beth Solomon, “After weeks walking, Mexico migrant caravan
splits up on buses headed north,” Reuters, 23 Dec 2021, https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/after-weeks-walking-mexico-migrant-caravan-splits-up-buses-headed-north-2021-12-22 (Links
to an external site.). In light of Neack’s questions, what
security issues do such caravans raise? Analyze these issues in terms of
national, international, and human security.
Textbooks
& Resources:
Christopher S. Browning International Security: A Very Short
Introduction (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)
Laura Neack National, International, and Human Security: A
Comparative Introduction, 2nd ed. (Lanham, Boulder, New York and London:
Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
Schedule of
Activities (subject to change):
Week 1: Introductions
Topics: Instructor introduction, bio; syllabus and
assignments overview, guidelines, policies
Issues, terms, and theories regarding international organizations and
global governance
Sample terms: clash of civilizations, failing/failed states, mutually
assured destruction, security dilemma, police state, civil war
Reading: Browning, chapters 1-3; Neack, chapter 1; Week 1 notes
(online, World Classroom)
Video: “America and the World (Links to an external
site.): A Conversation with Former National Security
Advisors,” posted by theAspen Institute, August 6, 2018,
https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/america-and-world-conversation-former-national-security-advisors
Assignments: student introductions or icebreaker (via the
course discussion area)

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