Statecraft and the State (DIP 600)
Dr. Robert M. Farley
Office: Patterson 467
Office Hours: Tuesday, 1-3pm
Office Telephone: 859-257-4668
The nation-state remains the most fundamental building block of modern global society. A growing academic literature has attempted to place the modern nation-state within the family of organizations, collectivities, and institutions that constitute the fabric of social existence. This literature includes work on the relationship between state and society, on the origins of the modern state, on the uneasy union of nation and state, and on how the state reacts to its environment. In the past decade, this literature on the modern nation-state has become increasingly relevant to United States foreign policy. Policy literature about state-building and society has developed in order to inform US behavior in Iraq and Afghanistan. This course examines the latter literature in the context of the former. The course begins with a survey of recent academic literature on society, the state, and nationalism, then examines how the international community thinks about state-building in a policy sense. The course concludes with a focus on state, society, and the building of institutions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This course will be conducted as a graduate seminar, with minimal lectures. I expect everyone to attend, have studied the readings, and have a familiarity with current events. Any major reputable newspaper will suffice for the latter, although I prefer the New York Times.
Grading will be based on class participation (25%), and three 7-9 page analytical papers (25% each).
Each of the three 7-9 page analytical papers must be typed and double-spaced. Please do not exceed the page limit. Although specific topic is up to you, one paper should have a regional focus, while the other should concentrate on a particular nation-state. The papers need not hold to any particular format (policy oriented memo, for example), but should be internally consistent in focus. Additional research is welcome, and may be necessary for the adequate presentation of some topics. One paper is due on the week of your presentation (see below), one on the final day of the course, and one at any time during the course other than those two dates.
You will be required to make an oral presentation and defense of one analytical paper during class. You must indicate to me a preference for which week to present by the second week of the course, such that I can stagger presentations. The presentation should last about fifteen minutes, and will be followed by a fifteen minute question and answer period. The presentation will make up 50% of your participation grade, or 12.5% of the total grade.
The papers will be evaluated on both content and presentation. Information must be accurate, arguments must be well thought out, and style must be compelling.
Purchase of the following books is strongly recommended. When possible, purchase the specific editions noted.
Week 1 (1/25): Politics as a Vocation
Week 2 (2/1): The Origins of the Modern State
Charles Tilly, Coercion, Capital, and European States
Week 3 (2/8): State and Society
Joel Migdal, Strong Societies and Weak States
Week 4 (2/15): The Origins of the Modern Nation
Patrick Geary, The Myth of Nations
Week 5 (2/22): No Class
Week 6 (3/1): Care and Feeding of the Modern State
James Scott, Seeing Like a State
Week 7 (3/8): Academic Applications
Jack Snyder, Myths of Empire
Week 8 (3/22): State Building
Week 9 (3/29): Human Terrain?
Week 10 (4/5): Afghanistan I
Robert Crews, The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan
Week 11 (4/12): Afghanistan II
Week 12 (4/19): Iraq I
Charles Tripp, A History of Iraq
Week 13 (4/26): Iraq II
Ali Allawi, The Occupation of Iraq