City College Political Science Honors-level Course Open to Honors Students

PSC 31607 Humanitarian Intervention
Prof. Rajan Menon, Bernard Spitzer Chair in International Relations
3 credits
Tu, Th 11:00-12:15am
By permission only
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This course examines and evaluates international responses to mass atrocities within countries. It combines theoretical perspectives (i.e, the leading schools of thought on humanitarian intervention) and case studies. The latter will include the killing and abuse of civilians that occurred during the conflicts within Bangladesh, Cambodia, Somalia, Iraq (following the 1990-1991 Gulf War), Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and Libya. We will explore the political military, legal, and ethical facets of this topic by combining lectures, which are designed to provide background, with discussions based on extensive readings. Documentary films and guest speakers may be used as appropriate.

Rajan Menon holds the Bernard Spitzer Chair in International Relations. Previously, he was a Fellow at the New America Foundation and an Academic Fellow and Senior Advisor at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he played a key role in developing the Corporation’s Russia Initiative. Dr. Menon was also a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and as Director for Eurasia Policy Studies at the Seattle-based National Bureau for Asian Research. He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and has also written for The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, and World Policy Journal, among other publications.

Dr. Menon’s areas of research and writing include Russian politics and foreign policy; the international relations of Central Asia, the South Caucasus, South Asia, and the Asia-Pacific; energy development in the Caspian Sea zone; security issues in Asia; globalization, and the comparative study of empires. For further information:

Honors students interested in enrolling in Prof. Menon’s course should contact:

Robin Villa
Director of Honors
The City College of New York/CUNY
NAC Room 4/150
New York, NY 10031-9160
FAX: 212-650-7337