POLS 494 (05) Issues of Development (Spring 2019)

POLS 494 (05) Issues of Development (Spring 2019)

Professor Robert A. Hooper

Required Texts:

  1. Robert Dayley, Southeast Asia in the New International Era, 7thEdition, Westview Press, 2017.  Available at the USD Bookstore or in paperback on Amazon, or Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Southeast-Asia-New-International-Era/dp/0813350115/ref=dp_ob_title_bk
  2. Louise Williams and Roland Rich, Losing Control: Freedom of the Press in Asia, Asia Pacific Press, 2001.  Free Download: https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/losing-control/download

Week 1 – 2: Introduction to Course and Overview

Traditional Development Theories

1) Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Invisible Hand of Supply & Demand (1776) https://corporatefinanceinstitute.com/resources/knowledge/economics/what-is-invisible-hand/
2) Reyes, Giovanni E., “Four Main Theories of Development”  https://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/NOMA/article/download/37963/36727

Modernization Theory Case Study: American Samoa “The Bold Experiment”
3) “Teaching Television in American Samoa: A History,” http://hackeducation.com/2015/06/06/american-samoa-educational-tv

Participant Theories of Development

4) Colom, Annam, “How to … avoid pitfalls in participatory development,” The Guardian, April, 2013.  https://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1422&context=eip


New ‘Capabilities’ Theories: Amartya Sen and Laura Nussbaum

5) Ilea, Ramona, “Review of Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach,” Essays in Philosophy, Volume 13, January 2012. https://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1422&context=eip

6) O’Hearn, Dennis, “Amartya Sens’s Development as Freedom: 10 Years Later, Policy and Practice.” https://www.developmenteducationreview.com/issue/issue-8/amartya-sens-development-freedom-ten-years-later


7) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations




Case Study Afghanistan: Sarah Cheyes on living in Afghanistan and sleeping with a Kalashnikov.  The Guardian, March 15, 2015.

8) https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/15/sarah-chayes-thieves-of-state-interview


Case Study: Murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Order of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Saltan

9) “Jamal Khashoggi: All you need to know about Saudi journalist’s death,” BBC News, December 11, 2018. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45812399


10) Gall, Carlotta, “Khashoggi Killing Detailed in New Book,” New York Times, Jan. 17, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/world/middleeast/khashoggi-killing-book.html


11) Ignatius, David, “The Khashoggi killing had roots in a cutthroat Saudi family feud,” The Washington Post, November 27, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/the-khashoggi-killing-had-roots-in-a-cutthroat-saudi-family-feud/2018/11/27/6d79880c-f17b-11e8-bc79-68604ed88993_story.html?utm_term=.01ebf208fc82


Case Study: Murder of American Journalist Marie Colvin by Syrian Government:

12) Brenner, Marie, “Marie Colvin’s Private War,” Vanity Fair, August 2012. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/politics/2012/08/marie-colvin-private-war


13) Hilsum, Lindsey, “Marie Colvin verdict gives meaning to her death,” The Guardian, February 3, 2019. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/feb/03/marie-colvin-murder-verdict–risks-journalists-lindsey-hilsum


Week 3 – 4 CASE STUDY: Northern Syria and Iraq: Dilemma of the Kurds

1) BBC News, 28 March 2018, “Islamic State and the crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps,” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27838034


2) “Who are the Kurds?” BBC News, October 31, 2017.  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29702440


3) Hiltermann, Joost, “The Kurds: Betrayed Again by Washington,” The Atlantic, December 22, 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/12/chaos-washington-kurds-stranded/578941/


4) Paasche, Till F., “Syrian and Iraqi Kurds: Conflict and Cooperation,” Middle East Policy Council, Volume XXII https://www.mepc.org/syrian-and-iraqi-kurds-conflict-and-cooperation


5) Cavusoglu, Mevlut, “America Has Chosen the Wrong Partner,” New York Times, January 28, 2018.   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/28/opinion/us-turkey-syria-allies.html


6) McCain, John, “We Need a Strategy for the Middle East,” The New York Times, October 24m 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/opinion/john-mccain-kurds-iraq.html


7) Detsch, Jack, “Kurdish lobby struggles to slow US pullout from Syria,” Al-Monitor, February 1, 2019. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/02/kurdish-lobby-struggle-slow-us-pullout-syria.html


8) Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916).  Wright, Robin, “How the Curse of Sykes-Picot Haunts the Middle East,” The New Yorker, April 30, 2016.  https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-the-curse-of-sykes-picot-still-haunts-the-middle-east


9) Friedman, Thomas L., “More Schools, Fewer Tanks for the Mideast,” New York Times, January 23, 2019.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/opinion/iran-afghanistan-foreign-aid.html


Iraqi Kurdistan: “fake news” planted by Turkey to influence vote for independence. 

10) O’Connor, Tom, “Turkey Tries to Scare Voters With Warning About Jews Ahead of Kurdish Referendum,” Newsweek, September 15, 2017.