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Spring 2022 Advanced Programs - Advanced Programs Face to Face or Virtual - International and Area Studies

[IAS 5233] Western Hemispheric Security - 221

Bruce Barnes

Course Description

Topics in International Studies: Western Hemispheric Security

The world has changed tremendously since the end of the Cold War in many respects, security being chief among them. The relative global stability that the Cold War brought to the West has evolved over the past three decades to become an inherently unstable and volatile one. The Western Hemisphere, traditionally comprised of Western Europe, North America and certain Pacific allies, has seen traditional threats to security change in nature and increase in complexity. The Cold War threat of the Soviet nuclear missile has been effectively replaced by a long list of smaller security problems, which are proving a significant challenge to counter. How has America chosen to manage security in the Western Hemisphere amidst all this change? The resulting dilemma for America is whether to “go it alone” or engage a myriad of international partners to ensure global stability that ultimately affects life at home.

Class Dates, Format, Location and Hours

DatesMarch 15-20, 2022
FormatVirtual: Course to take place via Zoom and Canvas.
Location for on-site coursesAviano Education Center, Area 1, Bldg. 147, Room 13, Aviano AB, Italy
HoursTuesday – Friday 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Last day to enroll or drop without penaltyFebruary 14, 2022

Site Director

Name: Mr. David Holsclaw 
Office address/location:Aviano Education Center, Area 1, Bldg. 147, Room 3, Aviano AB, Italy
Office hours:Monday- Thursday 0800 - 1430
DSN and CIV phone:DSN: 632-5977 or CIV: 39-0434-30-5977

Professor Contact Information

Course ProfessorBruce P Barnes (Lieutenant-Colonel, RCAF, retired)
Professor availabilityThe professor will be available via email to students before and after the class sessions. Face to Face office hours are half an hour before and after each class session, by appointment.

Textbook(s) and Instructional Materials

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Mission Failure : America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era
Mission Failure : America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era
by Mandelbaum, Michael
Published by Oxford University Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780190692247
Exercise of Power
Exercise of Power
by Robert M. Gates
Published by Knopf
ISBN: 9781524731885

Course Objectives

1.      Identify and study the recent history and current themes of the American approach to international cooperation, alliance and security governance;


2.      Discuss topics including international bodies, alliances and treaties to determine their value to the overall security framework;


3.      Identify and discuss the changing nature of security and stability; and


4.      Determine America’s policies and public opinion towards management of regional governance. 

Course Outline

This on-line course will combine traditional aspects of the liberal arts with lectures and assigned readings. To continue developing research and critical writing skills, activities including weekly readings and written assignments will be performed.

The course will follow a series of 8 lectures with associated readings. Audio lectures (30-45 min approx. length) and lecture slides will be available for download from the Canvas course webpage. These lectures are entitled:

1.      Security’s Cold War Roots;

2.      The Post-Cold War World;

3.      Threats From Abroad;

4.      Threats From Within;

5.      International Cooperation;

6.      American Security Alliances;

7.      US Foreign and Security Policy; and

8.      American Public Opinion.

Assignments, Grading and Due Dates

Detailed assignment instructions and guidance will be made available to students on the Canvas course webpage one month prior to the first class. All assignments are submitted via the Canvas course webpage.

Technical Support Information:

If you experience technical problems, contact Information Technology by visiting their website at: or contacting them by telephone at: (405) 325-HELP (4357). 


This is a letter-graded course: A, B, C, D, or F. 

Policy on Late Assignments

Please contact the professor regarding his/her policy for late work.

Incomplete Grade Policy

Notice: Failure to meet assignment due dates could result in a grade of I (Incomplete) and may adversely impact Tuition Assistance and/or Financial Aid.


Attendance/Grade Policy

Attendance and participation in interaction, individual assignments, group exercises, simulations, role playing, etc. are valuable aspects of any course because much of the learning comes from discussions in class with other students. It is expected that you attend all classes and be on time except for excused emergencies.

Excused absences are given for professor mandated activities or legally required activities such as emergencies or military assignments. It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays. Unavoidable personal emergencies, including (but not limited to) serious illness; delays in getting to class because of accidents, etc.; deaths and funerals, and hazardous road conditions will be excused.

If you are obtaining financial assistance (TA, STAP, FA, VA, Scholarship, etc.) to pay all or part of your tuition cost, you must follow your funding agency/institution’s policy regarding “I” (Incomplete) grades unless the timeline is longer than what the University policy allows then you must adhere to the University policy. Students who receive Financial Aid must resolve/complete any “I” (Incomplete) grades by the end of the term or he/she may be placed on “financial aid probation.” If the “I” grade is not resolved/completed by the end of the following term, the student’s Financial Aid may be suspended make the student ineligible for further Financial Aid.

Students are responsible for meeting the guidelines of Tuition Assistance and Veterans Assistance. See the education counselor at your local education center for a complete description of your TA or VA requirements.

OU faculty will submit grades online through ONE not later than 30 days after the course end date. Course end dates are approximately one calendar month after the final seminar date on this syllabus and are provided on the official scheduling website for reference.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct 

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Academic assignments exist to help students learn; grades exist to show how fully this goal is attained. Therefore all work and all grades should result from the student's own understanding and effort.

Academic misconduct is any act which improperly affects the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement. Misconduct occurs when the student either knows or reasonably should know that the act constitutes misconduct. Academic misconduct includes: cheating and using unauthorized materials on examinations and other assignments; improper collaboration, submitting the same assignment for different classes (self-plagiarism); fabrication, forgery, alteration of documents, lying, etc…in order to obtain an academic advantage; assisting others in academic misconduct; attempting to commit academic misconduct; destruction of property, hacking, etc…; intimidation and interference with integrity process; and plagiarism. All students should review the Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity at 

Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. All students should review policies regarding student conduct at 

Accommodation Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to making its activities as accessible as possible. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact your local OU Site Director.

Adjustment for Pregnancy/Childbirth-Related Issues

Should you need modifications or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact the professor as soon as possible to discuss. Generally, modifications will be made where medically necessary and similar in scope to accommodations based on temporary disability. Please see

Title IX Resources

For any concerns regarding gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, or intimate partner violence, the University offers a variety of resources, including advocates on-call 24/7, counseling services, mutual no-contact orders, scheduling adjustments, and disciplinary sanctions against the perpetrator. Please contact the Sexual Misconduct Office at or (405) 325-2215 (8-5), or the Sexual Assault Response Team at (405) 615 -0013 (24/7) to report an incident. To learn more about Title IX, please visit the Institutional Equity Office’s website at 

Course Policies

Extended Campus (also and formerly known as Advanced Programs) policy is to order books in paperback if available. Courses, dates, and professors are subject to change. Please check with your OU Site Director. Students should retain a copy of any assignments that are e/mailed to the professor for the course. Neither duplicating services nor office supplies are provided.

Any and all course materials, syllabus, lessons, lectures, etc. are the property of professor teaching the course and the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and are protected under applicable copyright.

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Statement on Respect

The classroom should provide a safe learning environment where students can express their views without fear of reprisal. That freedom of expression must be balanced by demonstrated respect for other’s viewpoints and appropriate and reasonable sensitivity, especially within the context of scholarly disagreement.  Disrespectful or uncivil dialogue (including, but not limited to, personal attacks, insults, or harassment) will not be tolerated.

Recording Devices/Phones/Computers

It is important for students to be fully present during class to fully benefit from lectures, discussions, and experiential assignments. Class sessions may not be tape-recorded. All telephones and pagers should be turned off or placed on silent mode. Computers may not be used during class. Students who require an exception to this policy should discuss exceptional circumstances with the professor.


Lieutenant-Colonel Bruce P Barnes, Royal Canadian Air Force


·        2008 US Air Force Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama

·        2007 MA (War Studies) Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario

·        1989 BA (History) York University, Glendon College, Toronto, Ontario

Current Positions

·        OU College of International Studies lecturer since 2008

·        OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies lecturer since 2009

·        OU College of Liberal Studies lecturer since 2011

Frequently Taught College of Professional and Continuing Studies Courses

·        IAS 5940 Topics in International Studies: EU, NATO and European Security

·        IAS 5940 Topics in International Studies: Afghanistan in Conflict

·        IAS 5940 Topics in International Studies: Western Hemispheric Security – An American Dilemma

·        IAS 5940 Topics in International Studies: International Terrorism

·        IAS 5940 Topics in International Studies: Modern Statecraft

·        IAS 5960 Independent Directed Reading: Post-Cold-War Security Studies

·        LTSD 5970 The Citizen as Soldier

Major Areas of Teaching and Research Interest

·        Modern European / North American Security Issues

·        Post-Cold War Governance Systems

Representative Publications and Presentations

·        MA Thesis: “Fighters First: The Transition of the Royal Canadian Air Force 1945-1952”

·        Royal Canadian Air Force Command Doctrine B-GA-401 (2012 and 2017)

·        Royal Canadian Air Force Journal (numerous articles)