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Tir, Jaroslav Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Tir's specialty is international relations, with a focus on causes, consequences and management of armed conflicts. His research spans the topics of territorial disputes, environmental conflict, domestic and ethnic conflict, and diversionary theory of war. Dr. Tir has been awarded grants to study how climate change impacts violence patterns in rural Kenya (NSF IBSS grant with John O’Loughlin and Terrance McCabe, $1 million) and how institutionalized international river cooperation can prevent the so-called water wars of the future (NSF/DOD Minerva grant with Douglas Stinnett, $236,000).

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  • territorial conflict, diversionary theory of war, environmental security, international water politics, water scarcity, intergovernmental organizations, UN peacekeeping

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Teaching

courses taught

  • PSCI 2223 - Introduction to International Relations
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces the field of international relations, with general survey of the theories, histories, and problems of historical and contemporary relations among state and nonstate actors.
  • PSCI 3123 - War, Peace, and Strategic Defense
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Analyzes employment, or the threat of employing force, in securing American interests in the post-Cold War world. Gives special attention to utilities claimed for nuclear weapons, and alternatively, to weapons control and disarmament. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2223. Similar to PACS 3800.
  • PSCI 4243 - Modern Warfare: Terrorism, Ideology, Identity
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
    Explores the evolution of warfare and origins of terrorism. Ideological and identity differences have come to the forefront of violent political conflicts while the emerging doctrine of warfare has placed civilians in the middle of modern conflicts. Tracks potential changes in the means of and reasons for fighting, roles of civilians and media, and rules of war. Recommended prerequisites: PSCI 2223 and PSCI 3193.
  • PSCI 7053 - War and Peace
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores the conditions that promote conflict between countries, focusing on broad and systemic explanations of war and peace. Investigates classical as well as current behavioral approaches to understanding why countries fight.
  • PSCI 7183 - International Cooperation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Investigates the origins, forms and consequences of international cooperation. The course covers both theoretical material related to international cooperation and various related global issue areas; security, economy, environment and social welfare. For each issue area, the key theoretical debates, empirical findings, as well as central challenges and parameters that constrain international cooperation will be investigated.

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