The International Security Studies field consists of courses that examine the sources, conduct and termination of conflict, strategy and statecraft, crisis management, regional security, intelligence, and the emerging spectrum of new and complex security issues.
The course offerings encompass approaches that are both theoretical and policy oriented, as well as historical and contemporary. Since the end of the Cold War, the faculty has revised the course offerings to reflect a rapidly changing international security environment. Among the new issues introduced into the curriculum are:
- the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and non-proliferation/counter-proliferation policy;
- ethnic, sectarian, and religious conflict; internal war and state failure;
- the management of humanitarian emergencies by alliances and/or international organizations;
- the use of military forces in peace operations; information technologies and security; and the increasing role of ethics in security policy.
In support of its course offerings the International Security Studies Program sponsors a senior level guest lecture series, a conference with one of the U.S. military services or commands, a colloquium series, and a crisis simulation exercise.