The Evolution of Warfare

Schools of Public Engagement: Grad Programs in Int'l Affairs

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
The Evolution of Warfare
Fall 2024
Taught By: Peter Hoffman
Section: A

CRN: 17268

Credits: 3

An ongoing shift from conventional wars predominated by large-scale professional armies to achieve the political interests of nation-states to a new breed of conflict featuring asymmetric warfare where profound power disparities between belligerents bring to the fore a wide range of ideas, discourses, behaviors, and outcomes in security and politics. This course analyzes changes from traditional approaches to contemporary perspectives that consider new strategies and tactics. The class begins by problematizing the strategy making process through a survey of classic works, and in particular spotlights the importance of technological change and challenges in military power. After this review of the historical foundations of strategic doctrine, the course examines modern security environments and positions students to assess themes of asymmetric warfare: weapons of mass destruction, economic warfare, counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism, netwar and cyber-warfare, and grand strategies of great powers. Beyond reflecting on concepts of change in Security Studies, notably the so-called “revolution in military affairs,” the class also draws on Critical Security Studies in assessing the significance of the social-political underpinnings and implications for the use of force in asymmetric warfare, such as the applicability of Just War theory and international humanitarian law, the role of strategic culture, and the relevance of civil-military relations.

This course is part of the Conflict & Security concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Grad Programs in Int'l Affairs (GPIA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:20am EDT 6/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/3/2024