911 Forum/Course: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

911 Forum - Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley


Syllabus: Spring 2002

Please Note: The sequence of lectures is subject to change and modification. The readings are also subject to change. In addition, one or two short articles will be assigned each week at the selected readings for the week page. A class reader is also assigned and will be available on Tuesday, January 29, at Copy Central on Bancroft Avenue above Telegraph.

FINAL EXAM: The final exam will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 5-8 p.m., in Room 230 Hearst Gymnasium; final exam group 17.

1/28/02 -- The US and the Islamic World I: Saudi Arabia

Lowell Bergman, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley. Frontline documentary on U.S. - Saudi relations

See Lowell Bergman's bio at this website.


  • Bernard Lewis, "The Revolt of Islam," The New Yorker, (November 19, 2001)
  • Orhan Pamuk, "The Anger of the Damned," New York Review of Books, Octobe, 2001
  • Daniel Pipes, "God and Mammon: Does Poverty Cause Militant Islam?" The National Interest, Winter 2002
  • Frontline: "The Saudi Timebomb"
  • William Pfaff, "A Strange Alliance with Saudi and Pakistani Foes of Modernity," International Herald Tribune, October 1, 2001
  • Ralph Peters, "The Saudi Threat," Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2002
  • Hugh Pope, Yaroslav Trofimov and Danny Pearl, "Saudi Arabian Royal Family Finds Itself Caught in the Middle of Two Alliances," Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2001
  • Howard Schrneider, "Saudi Arabia Wrestles with 2 Views of Islam," Washington Post, December 15, 2001
  • Optional: Interview with Lowell Bergman: "The 'Long March through the Institution' of Television Journalism," 1/31/01
  • See also: selected readings for the week

2/4/02 -- The Conduct of U.S. Foreign Policy

Peter Tarnoff, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs; former President of the Council on Foreign Relations


2/11/02 [two lectures] -- Rogue States and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Ambassador Robert Gallucci, Dean of Georgetown Foreign Service School and Clinton negotiator with North Korea

See Robert Gallucci's bio at this website

Intelligence after 911

Jennifer Sims, Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence in the Clinton administration. See Jennifer Sims's bio at this website.


  • Henry A. Kissinger, "Phase II and Iraq," Washington Post, Jaunary 13, 2001, Page B07
  • Michael Dobbs, "A Story of Iran's Quest for Power," Washington Post, Sunday, January 13, 2002, PA01
  • Michael Dobbs, "How Politics Helped Redefine Threat," Washington Post, Monday, January 14, 2002; Page A01
  • Byron York, "Clinton Has No Clothes," National Review, December 17, 2001
  • "Many Say U.S. Planned for Terror But Failed to Take Action," NYT, December 30, 2001
  • Recommended: Sam Tanenhaus, "The CIA's Blind Ambition," Vanity Fair, January 2002
  • Recommended: Barton Gellman, "Broad Effort Launched after '98 Attacks," Washington Post, December 19, 2001
  • Recommended: Barton Gellman, "Clinton's War on Terror," Washington Post, December 20, 2001
  • See also: selected readings for the week

2/18/02 -- No class; President's Day holiday

2/25/02 -- Ideas in U.S. Foreign Policy

Mark Danner, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

See Mark Danner's bio at the School of Journalism or his home page at the IIS website.


3/4/02 -- The US and the Islamic World II: Israel - Palestine Conflict

Ian Lustick, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

See Ian Lustick's bio at the University of Pennsylvania's website.


  • Interview with Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park: "U.S. Foreign Policy and the Search for Peace in the Middle East," 11/8/01
  • Bernard Lewis, "What Went Wrong" The Atlantic Monthly, January 2002, pp. 43-45.
  • Saad Mehio "How Islam and Politics Mixed," New York Times, Dec 2, 2001. [Note: In the reader, this article is entitled "Exploiting Islam has Proved Disastrous Poetics" and is reprintnted from the International Herald Tribune. It is the same article.]
  • Sage Stossel, "Arafat's Last Stand," Atlantic Online [Note: This article is missing from the reader, but can be accessed at this link.]
  • "The Unblessed Peacemaker," The Economist, October 4, 2001
  • Charles Krauthammer "Ship of Truth", Washington Post, January 11, 2002
  • Marwan Barghouti, "Want Security? End the Occupation," Washington Post, January 16, 2002
  • Khalil Shikaki, "Palestinians Divided," Foreign Affairs, January 2002
  • See also: selected readings for the week

3/11/02 -- U.S. - Russia Relations

George Breslauer, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

See George Breslauer's bio at UCB's Political Science website


  • Pankaj Mishra, "The Making of Afghanistan," The New York Review of Books, November 15, 2001
  • Jim Hoagland, "Split Vision of America," Washington Post, December 14, 2001
  • Bill Keller, "Missile Defense: The Untold Story," New York Times, December 29, 2001
  • Jeffrey Tyler, "Putin's Policy of Realpolitik," Atlantic Monthly, December 2001
  • Alan Sipress, "U.S.,Russian Recast Their Relationship," Washington Post, October 4, 2001
  • Optional: Interview with Jack Matlock; former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union: "Collapse of Soviet Union and End of the Cold War," 2/13/97
  • See also: selected readings for the week

3/18/02 -- A Radical Perspective on U.S. Foreign Policy

Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


3/25/02 -- No class; Spring Recess

4/1/02 -- Who's Afraid of Mr. Big? Power and Balance in World Politics after 911

Josef Joffe, Editor, Die Zeit


  • Interview with Josef Joffe: "Power and Culture in International Affairs," 1/20/00 and 3/23/00
  • Mark Danner, "Marooned in the War: America, the Alliance, and the Quest for a Vanished World", World Policy Journal, Fall 1997
  • William Pfaff, "Bush Warning to Allies Grates on European Nerves," International Herald Tribune, November 12, 2001
  • See also: selected readings for the week

4/8/02 -- Geopolitics and Terrorism

John Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Program on International Security Policy, University of Chicago

See John Mearsheimer's bio at the University of Chicago website.


  • Benjamin Schwartz and Christopher Layne, "A New Grand Strategy," The Atlantic Monthly, pp. 36-42.
  • Samuel P. Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations?" Foreign Affairs, Summer of l993
  • Christopher Hitchens, "On the Frontier of the Apocalypse," Vanity Fair, January 2002
  • Charles Krauthammer, "Where Power Talks," The Washington Post, January 4, 2002, Page A2
  • William Pfaff "The Fundamentalist Phantom was Blown Away", International Herald Tribune, November 17, 2001
  • Optional: John Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, 2001, pp. 1-27.
  • See also: selected readings for the week

4/15/02 -- After 911: The Case of the Shifting Paradigm?

Tom Farer, Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver

See Tom Farer's home page at the University of Denver website.


  • Interview with Tom Farer: "International Law and Human Rights," 4/19/00
  • Robin Wright and Doyle McManus, "Attacks Redefine Bush Foreign Policy," Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2002
  • Tom Farer, "A Paradigm for Legitimate Intevention" in Enforcing Restraint: Collective Action in Internal Conflicts, ed. by Lori Fisler Damrash (New York: Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1993) pp 316-374. (On reserve at Moffitt Library.)
  • See also: selected readings for the week

4/22/02 -- Internationalism in the Wake of 911: A Contrarian's View

Students are required to attend the Sanford S. Elberg Lecture in International Studies on Thursday, April 25, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 100 Boalt Hall. This year's Elberg lecturer is Christopher Hitchens, who will speak on the topic "Internationalism in the Wake of 911: A Contrarian's View." See the Hitchens page for more information. Students who cannot attend the Thursday lecture may view it via webcast or make arrangements with Harry Kreisler to view the video at the Institute of International Studies.

4/29/02 --After 911: American and European Perspectives on Security, Globalization and Conflict Resolution

Steven Weber, Professor of Political Science and Director, European Union Center
David D. Caron, C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law
Nils Eliasson, Ambassador and Head of the Migration and Asylum Ppolicy Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Espen Barthe Eide, Director of the UN Programme, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, and former State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Readings: TBA

5/6/02 -- The Nature of Terrorism

Harry Kreisler presents video interviews with Anthony Zinni, Nemat Shafik, Manuel Castells, Ahmed Rashid, Olivier Roy, and Robert Jay Lifton


  • Kanan Makiya and Hassan Mneimneh "Manual for a Raid," New York Review of Books, January 17, 2002, pp. 18-21.
  • "What Makes a Suicide Bomber: All Suicide Bombers are not Alike," New York Times Magazine, October 28, 2001 pp. 48-53 &62 & 78-79.
  • Pankaj Mishra, "The Afghan Tragedy," The New York Review of Books, January 17, 2001
  • Nicholas Lemann, "What Terrorists Want," New Yorker, October 29, 2001
  • Bruce Hoffman, "All You Need Is Love," The Atlantic Monthly, December, 2001
  • Alan Cullison and Andrew Higgins, "A Computer in Kabul Yields a Chilling
    Array of al Qaeda Memos" Wall Street Journal, December 31 2001
  • Jessica Stern, The Ultimate Terrorists, pp. 11-19
  • Excerpts from the video transcript of bin Laden tape; Washington Post, December 14, 2001
  • Optional: Jessica Stern, "Terrorist Motivations and Unconventional Weapons," in Planning the Unthinkable, Lavoy, Sagan, and Wirtz, ed., pp. 202-229
  • Optional: Peter Berger, "Terrorism's Dark Master," Vanity Fair, December 2001
  • Optional: Robert Jay Lifton, Destroying the World to Save It, Introduction, Chapter 14, and Afterword
  • Optional: Interview with Robert Jay Lifton: "Evil, the Self, and Survival," 11/2/99
  • See also: selected readings for the week

5/13/02 -- Terrorism and Public Health

Laurie Vollen, M.D., Visiting Fellow, Institute of International Studies


5/23/02 -- FINAL EXAM

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Room 230 Hearst Gymnasium; Final Exam Group 17.

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