Columbia International Affairs Online: Case Studies

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These original case studies, written by leading scholars, examine the effects of important events in history, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, explore conflicts as recent as the U.N. intervention in East Timor and address recurring topics in world politics classes like weapons of mass destruction. The case studies are accompanied by extensive bibliographies, multi-media, key treaties and speeches.

The CIAO case study is ideal as a spring board for class discussion or as an international affairs subject guide.


Economics of Terrorism
David Gold
May 2004

Iraq: A Year in Review

CIAO Special Section on U.S. Policy and Iraq

The Power of Values or the Value of Power? America and Europe in a Post-9/11 World
Joel J. Sokolsky
August 2003

Coming Closer or Drifting Apart? EU-Russia Partnership and EU Enlargement in Eastern Europe
Jeronim Perovic
May 2003

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and its Contribution to the Stabilization of Central and Eastern European Countries
Heiko Borchert and Wolfgang Zellner
March 2003

The Balkans: Historical Origins and Present Dangers of Recurring Ethnic Conflict on the European Periphery, 1945-2002
Plamen Pantev, Sofia University, Bulgaria
January 2003

The Interrelationship Between the Evolution of Civil Society and Progress in Regional Security: The Case of the Balkans
Claude Nicolet
September 2002

Evolving Legal Framework
Katharina Pistor
June 2002

Irish Troubles Since 1916
J. Bowyer Bell
June 2002

Water Security in the Middle East
J. A. Allan
May 2002

The European Defense Industry
Elisabeth Sköns, SIPRI
March 2002

Weapons of Mass Destruction
Richard K. Betts, Columbia University
January 2002

CIAO Responds to the Terrorist Attacks against the United States
November 2001

The Development of the European Union
Lucy Lyons and Hendrik Spruyt, Arizona State University
October 2001

The International Political Economy Since World War II
Joseph M. Grieco, Duke University
October 2001

Iraq and the Gulf War: Decision-Making in Baghdad
F. Gregory Gause III, University of Vermont
October 2001

The Camp David Accords: A Case of International Bargaining
Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland
September 2001

East Timor and the United Nations
Ruth Wedgwood, Yale University Law School
September 2001

NATO Expansion
Steve Weber, University of California-Berkeley
September 2001

Regional conflict and cooperation: The Case of Southeast Asia
Etel Solingen, University of California, Irvine (UCI)
September 2001

Security and Politics on the Korean Peninsula: Constantly Changing or Forever Constant?
Victor D. Cha, Georgetown University
September 2001

A Short Survey of Economic Sanctions
Gary Hufbauer and Barbara Oegg, Institute for International Economics
August 2001

The Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-99
Stephan Haggard, University of California, San Diego
August 2001

The Cuban Missile Crisis
Richard Ned Lebow, Mershon Center, Ohio State University
August 2001