This fall ConDev’s partner, the Bush School of Government and Public Service, is offering new courses for aspiring international affairs professionals! Look for these in your course catalogue, and get in touch with Ms. Janeen Wood ( if you have any questions.


Sex and Defense (INTA 689-601)

Tues 9:35am-12:15pm, Allen 1055

Examines the role of women and gender in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces with a focus on:

  • the process of integrating women and gender into military operations;
  • the impact of women and gender on efforts to end conflicts, and promote peace and security; and
  • the role of women and gender in counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, peace building, and stability operations, with an emphasis on how the military does (or does not) respond to women and gender in these contexts.

Students will study and analyze examples of women’s involvement in conflict, peace, and security from East Asia, Central Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, the South Pacific, and Latin America, including recent conventional and unconventional military campaigns. The course is designed for students interested in a career in foreign affairs, but will provide background on gender mainstreaming efforts within the government as a whole to all class participants.


Economic Restructuring in Latin America (INTA 689-603)

Thurs 9:35am-12:15pm, Allen 1108

This course studies Latin America’s economic development.  The objective of the course is to understand the economic antecedents to recent reforms as well as the impact of these reforms on workers, growth, and living standards. The course also addresses other major economic topics relevant to Latin America.


The Politics of Development in South Asia (INTA 689-604)

Tues 4:35-7:20pm, Allen 1055

This course provides an introduction to the relationship between political institutions and economic development in South Asia: a diverse and dynamic region that is home to a fifth of the global population. The course begins with a historical background, then examines formal political institutions that shape the development process. It will address the social and cultural context of policymaking that accompanied economic growth, as well as the major obstacles facing development today.

The course is organized by key topics such as: colonial legacies, democratization, government institutions, elections and political parties, decentralization and governance, the role of social cleavages and minority groups in policymaking, poverty amelioration, corruption, and other important policy issues in human development such as health and education. Using India as a guide, the course will provide students with concepts and skills that may be used to analyze and interpret the situation of politics and development in other developing countries.