17.42 Causes and Prevention of War

Introductory lecture course for MIT undergraduates

Examines the causes of war, with a focus on practical measures to prevent and control war.  Topics include causes and consequences of mis-perception by nations; military strategy and policy as causes of war; religion and war; US foreign policy as a cause of war and peace; and the likelihood of possible great wars in the future.  Historical cases include World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Seven Years' War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, other recent Middle East wars, and the Peloponnesian War.

Teaching Assistant, Spring 2015, Spring 2017


Photo (above): canals of Beijing in summer.