Seminar: Law of Nationbuilding (Spring 2006)
Thursdays 4-6 PM (changed from original Wednesday 1600-1800)
Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr.
Assistant Dean Lydia Lazar
Photographs from 15 Feb 2006
Topics & final papers
J. Justin Boyd: The Law of Armed Conflict in Practice: Prima-facie Charges & New Defenses
Brad Loberg: The Balance of Justice: Can the U.S. Afford To Share the International Criminal Court’s Interest in Bringing Humanity to the Inhumane?
Igor L. Solodovnik: A Hypothetical Intelligence Agent's Perspective on Potential Unrest in Belarus
19 January: get acquainted, discuss interests, and pick tentative topics
26 January: review outlines
2 February: Justin Boyd preliminary presentation; (PowerPoint file) review Igor's outline; HHP-presentation of insurgency factors, and initial discussion
"Strong Theory" multimedia presentation; Power Point file
9 February: Brad Loberg preliminary presentation; further discussion of insurgency factors and discussion of Strong, Perritt, and Swiney theories
16 February: Future of Iraq (Lawrence Ershaghi's paper from last semester) (Word file); (Chris Pickett's paper from two semester's ago) (Word file); (Brad Loberg's novelette from three semesters ago) (Word document); the following are short news articles from 12 Feb 2006: Deadlock; Election of PM; Radical Cleric Rises
23 February: ICL's role in battle zones (guest=Mike Kennedy, CPT, USMC) (confirmed); ( Chris Shepherd's paper from two semester's ago)
2 March: Impact of ICL on post-conflict political development and political institutions (guest=Jacob Ramer) (confirmed)
9 March: Prospects for Palestine (Friedman column)
16 March: (spring break)
23 March: How will the Saudis Fall?
30 March: Second round presentations
6 April: Respective roles of religion and nationalism: Georgia and Thailand (Shia and Sunnis in Iraq); pick up your copy of Francis Fukuyama, American at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy (2006) from me. (pages 1-66 provide a superb intellectual history of international relations theories in the United States)
13 April: Read Fukuyama pp 66-113; 149-154; Designing an insurgency for Iran (first hour) ("When Tehran Rocks"); Belarus NY Times Magazine story; Destination Democracy--Uzbekistan (second hour) (Jerry Bekkerman)
20 April: Read Fukuyama pp 114-118; 125-138; Democratization and U.S. interests (NY Times article from 29 January); Rule of Law but how does "law" "rule"?
27 April: Read Fukuyama pp 118-125; 139-149; Rule of Law for economic development: privitization, FDA, auditors, credit reporting agencies and creditors' rights (leverage through multinationals)
Final meeting: Read Fukuyama pp 155-194; Design a post-Bush-Doctrine U.S. foreign policy (HHP Syracuse article)
Diplomatic corps restructured
First day assignment:
Good source of good reports on Kosovo, from before the war to now
Assessing nationbuilding efforts in Iraq
Evaluating final status possibilities for Kosovo
Building democracy: political parties, the press, and other institutions of civil society
Application of "laws of war" to insurgencies
"Just wars" in the 21st Century
Waging an effective "War Against Terrorism"
Economic development strategies for Afghanistan
Economic development strategies for Iraq
Economic development and insurgency
Develop arguments for judicial review of visa denials
History of the Kosova Liberation Army ("KLA")
Privatization and "takings"
Introducing financial services intermediaries in former socialist economies
Dealing with corruption