When I received the welcome letter for the 2010 intake as a reference document, I learned that the teaching staff had eliminated a course on international security organizations and replaced it with a course on Latin America. I'm sure Latin America's wonderful, but since I've spent most of my time studying the international community or the Middle East, I wasn't excited about the course about Latin America. I decided that, since that particular course would be completed during the second term, I would save the two books about Latin America until I was actually in Scotland. Then, I received the welcome letter for the 2012 intake a few weeks ago, I learned that the second semester's curriculum had changed, and that I would now have the option of choosing two courses from a total of four offerings. Another three readings were also added, and these are listed below.
I'm more likely to take the courses that include these three new books, so if I were a betting man, I'd bet that I don't wind up reading those two books about Latin America. I also imagine that having read the books about nuclear strategy will prove to have been time wasted if I don't enroll in the course on nuclear policy, but that's alright because nuclear strategy interests me more than Latin America.
Carl von Clausewitz's incomparable treatise has been mentioned in several of the books I've read so far, and I hope to read it in its entirety by the time I've completed the program. I'd also very much like to read Niccolo Machiavelli's The Art of War. As neither of them are actually required, only time will tell whether I read either or not.