Midway through my World Politics course this semester, I decided to let the students take a bit of a mental break from all the heavy theories on war and conflict prevention and instead had the students think about how the different IR theories would suggest that state governments should respond to a zombie apocalypse. They read Daniel W. Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies (I think a few might be following his blog now…), and we watched Shaun of the Dead so that everyone can gain some familiarity with the collective action dilemma a zombie attack creates. Continue Reading
To take a break from some of the more serious fare, here is a film review from one of the students in the International Law class – a class that recently viewed this very movie!
When college students try to decide on a movie to watch, a three hour black and white film from the 1960s probably is not very high on the list. However, Judgment at Nuremberg is the type of film that will make you reconsider. This film won Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture Director and Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama and numerous other awards.
Awards don’t mean everything, so what makes this film so great? Judgment at Nuremberg confronts one of the most challenging questions dealing with war crimes, humanitarian law and international law. Who is to blame? At what point do people cross the line between following orders and committing war crimes and/or crimes against humanity? Should judges be held to a higher legal standard? Continue Reading
Recently, our politics department sponsored a showing of the film Zero Dark Thirty. This was then followed by a discussion of the ethics of national security information gathering and the film’s portrayal of torture. One of our students attended this event and completed this summary…
Released in early 2013, Zero Dark Thirty chronicles the CIA operation that located and ultimately killed Osama bin-Laden. More specifically, the film follows a young operative named Maya in her nearly eight year long struggle to find bin Laden in Pakistan. Zero Dark Thirty has garnered attention from critics for its depictions of torture, as well as its alleged use of confidential government information. These topics, along with others, were analyzed in a discussion lead by Professor Erikson after a showing of the film on May 2nd. Continue Reading