Amy Yuen

Associate Professor of Political Science

 
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Amy Yuen joined the Political Science faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2007. Dr. Yuen's research uses game theoretic models, large-N statistical analyses and case studies to unravel the strategic behavior in a wide range of international political phenomena, particularly conflict between and within nations. Her dissertation work examines third party intervention in interstate conflicts. More recent reseach focuses on peacekeeping efforts to help resolve civil conflict. Why does peacekeeping fail? Rather than focusing on intervention capacity, Dr. Yuen considers the incentives facing belligerents and peacekeepers as an important factor in successfully settling conflict. Her newest project models behavior in the UN Security Council to examine when the Council decides to take up an issue and how the institution affects policy coordination.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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FYSE 1382 - Wars Within: Civil Conflict      

The Wars Within: Causes and Consequences of Modern Civil Conflict
Why does civil war break out? How does a state return to a ‘civil peace’? What role does the international community play, if any? In this seminar we will explore the cycle of civil war and civil peace through the lens of social science. We will consider the utility (or futility) of state-building efforts and debate the proper role of the international community following an extensive assessment of the effects outsiders have had on civil wars. Prominent cases include such conflicts as Somalia, Syria and the break up of Yugoslavia. CMP CW SOC

Fall 2016

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IPEC 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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IPEC 0700 - Intl.Pol.&Economics SR. Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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PSCI 0109 - International Politics      

International Politics
What causes conflict or cooperation among states? What can states and other international entities do to preserve global peace? These are among the issues addressed by the study of international politics. This course examines the forces that shape relations among states, and between states and international regimes. Key concepts include: the international system, power and the balance of power, international institutions, foreign policy, diplomacy, deterrence, war, and global economic issues. Both the fall and spring sections of this course emphasize rigorous analysis and set theoretical concepts against historical and contemporary case studies. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/ CMP SOC

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

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PSCI 0242 - International Politics and WMD      

International Politics and WMD
In this course we will examine the international ramifications of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons use. What is a weapon of mass destruction (WMD)? How have WMD changed the way states behave toward international conflicts and within international crises? How has the development of these weapons influenced the policies states have adopted in response? Beyond these questions, major course themes include the threats of proliferation and the highs and lows of weapons reduction initiatives. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/ SOC

Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

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PSCI 0322 - War and Peace      

War and Peace
What causes conflicts between states and within countries? What factors facilitate or impede their resolution? In this course we will examine interstate and intrastate conflicts and the challenges faced in resolving them, from both practical and theoretical perspectives. Employing some of the most prominent theories on war, and more recent theories of bargaining, negotiation, and conflict, we will draw upon a range of case studies to illustrate and evaluate the theoretical dynamics of conflict and conflict resolution. (PSCI 0109 or PSCI 0201 or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/ SOC

Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

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PSCI 0368 - Frontiers in Political Science      

Frontiers in Political Science Research
Nothing is more controversial among political scientists than the topic of how to study politics. In this course, we consider a variety of advanced techniques for studying political phenomena, including statistical methods, game theory, institutional analysis, case study techniques, experiments, and agent-based modeling. We will work with concrete examples (drawn from major political science journals) of how scholars have used these techniques, and consider the ongoing philosophical controversies associated with each approach. Students will have the opportunity to conduct original research using a method and subject of their choosing. (Two political science courses) 3 hrs. lect.disc. (Political Theory)/ DED SOC

Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

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PSCI 0393 - Game Theory/Political Science      

Game Theory for Political Science
How do candidates for political office choose their platforms? Why do some conflicts lead to war while others do not? What legislation will legislators introduce? These and many other compelling questions of political behavior often use game theory as a tool to study strategic, or interdependent, decision-making. Students will learn basic concepts of game theory and how to apply them to a range of political phenomena. To succeed, students need only a solid background in algebra. (Any political science course) 3 hrs. lect./disc. (Political Theory)/ DED SOC

Fall 2015, Fall 2018

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PSCI 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Projects
A program of independent work designed to meet the individual needs of advanced students. (Approval required)

Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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PSCI 0700 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
(Approval required)

Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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PSCI 1159 - Weapons of Mass Destruction      

Weapons of Mass Destruction
Technological development has brought human civilization to the point at which we can destroy ourselves in a matter of hours using weapons of mass destruction. What effects do these weapons have on political, and social behavior? Do WMDs deserve their own classification, or is human behavior consistent regardless of the weapon? We explore the technology, political theory and policy that has risen around the prospect of human annihilation. Students will travel to the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Washington, DC for one week to speak with policy experts on issues currently under consideration in national and global fora. (not open to students who have taken PSCI 0242 or equivalent) (International Relations and Foreign Policy) CMP SOC WTR

Winter 2019

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