17.309 Science, Technology and Public Policy

Analysis of issues at the intersection of science, technology, public policy and business.  Cases drawn from antitrust and intellectual property rights; health and environmental policy; defense procurement and strategy; strategic trade and industrial policy; and R&D funding.  Structured around theories of political economy, modified to take into account the integration of uncertain technical information into public and private decision-making.

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2014 & 2015


17.42 Causes and Prevention of War

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