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Economic Statecraft and Conflict

In most international affairs curricula, economics is taught with a principal focus on trade, economic development, foreign aid, and international finance. What is frequently missing is that dimension of economics which concerns national security policy. This course covers that dimension with special emphasis on: economic, technological, and financial security issues; economic strategy as an instrument of statecraft; the composition of domestic economic infrastructure for national security purposes; strategic materials policy; sanctions, embargoes, boycotts, dumping, and other forms of economic warfare; the effectiveness of such instruments and of defenses against them; economic counterintelligence, the integration and coordination of conventional trade, aid, and development activities with other national security policies, and the legal and bureaucratic processes addressing these various issues within the U.S. government.

 “I have found the material completely relevant to my day job, and a useful framework for examining problems.”

-An IWP doctoral candidate who took this course in Spring 2023