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–Carl von Clausewitz, On War, Book 8, Chapter 6.
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Political Science majors can apply for the International Security Studies Certificate Program to gain access to specialized courses, research support, internship funding, and dedicated mentoring.

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NDISC's Seminar Speaker Series brings prominent scholars to speak on a wide range of international security related topics. These events provide a forum for policy experts, outside academics, and Notre Dame faculty and students to present and discuss their work.

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Twilight of the Titans

How do great powers respond to decline? The new book by Paul K. MacDonald and Joseph M. Parent examine all great power transitions since 1870.

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Upcoming Events

Emotional Sources of Escalation in Cyberconflict

Date: October 2, 2018

Emotional Sources of Escalation in Cyberconflict

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Rose McDermott (Brown University) Read ahead material Rose McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She received her Ph.D.(Political Science) and M.A. (Experimental Social Psychology) from Stanford University and has taught at Cornell, UCSB  and Harvard.   She has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and the Women and Public Policy Program, all at Harvard University. She has been a fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences twice. She is the author of five books, a co-editor of two additional volumes, and author of over two hundred academic articles across a wide variety of disciplines encompassing topics such as experimentation, emotion and decision making, and the biological and genetic bases of political behavior.…
Why did the U.S. invade Iraq in 2003?

Date: October 9, 2018

Why did the U.S. invade Iraq in 2003?

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Ahsan Butt (George Mason University) Ahsan Butt is an Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and a non-resident fellow at the Stimson Center.  He is the author of Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy Against Separatists.…