U.S. Foreign Policy
How do we explain the actions of the United States government in contemporary international affairs? This is the central question to be addressed in this 300-level course. Within the post Cold-War and post 9/11 environment the United States has been faced with re-evaluating its global interests and level of engagement. How much will a newly re-elected President and newly seated Congress reshape how the United States behaves in the world? Which interests are worth protecting and which values are worth promoting abroad? Moreover, who or what determines the answer to this question?
In evaluating these questions, the class will pay close attention to the actors engaged in the policy making process, the larger environment in which they act, as well as the dominant ideologies they often hold. The scope will be fairly broad, ranging from traditional security issues to contemporary challenges such as terrorism, economic relations and migration. We will make liberal use of historical and contemporary cases in order to explore both the substance and logic of U.S. foreign policy.
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