U.S. Foreign Policy

 

Politics and Government 330

Instructor:  Michael Clancy
United States Foreign Policy
Office: Hillyer 123b
Spring 2013
M/W: 1:30-2:45
Phone: 768-4284
Office Hours: M/W 9:30-10:30 and by appt.

 


Class Schedule

Week 1  
1/23

Introduction: No Reading
 
Explanatory Frameworks and Historical Background
Week 2  Explanatory Models of Foreign Policy
1/28


Brian Schmidt, "Theories of Foreign Policy," in Cox and Stokes, U.S. Foreign Policy
Stephen M. Walt, Taming American Power, ch. 1
Case: Egypt and Arab Spring: Traub, "The Myth of the Useful Dictaror" Foreign Policy Magazine
1/30


Sanger, Confront and Conceal, Prologue and ch. 1
Case: Carter, ch. 1 on Terrorism Policy
Week 3
 Styles and Ideology
2/4


  Deudney and Meiser, "American Exceptionalism," in Cox and Stokes, U.S. Foreign Policy
Bacevich, The New American Militarism, chs. 1-3

2/6


Michael Hunt, Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy, ch. 1; excerpts
Case: Carter, ch. 3 on Coca, Human Rights and Colombia
Sanger, Confront and Conceal, ch. 10
Week 4  Historical Epochs
2/11


  Walter Russell Mead, Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and how it Changed the World, pp. 3-29
Bruce Jentlesen, American Foreign Policy, ch. 3
2/13


X "The Sources of Soviet Conduct," Foreign Affairs, 65, 1947
Mandelbaum, The Frugal Superpower, ch. 2


Actors and the Policy Process


Week 5  The President
2/18

 

Steven Hook, U.S. Foreign Policy, ch. 4
*Michael Nelson, "Person and Office: Presidents, the Presidency and Foreign Policy,"

2/20


Case: Carter, ch. 2 on Iraq War
Sanger, Confront and Conceal, pp. 2-5; chs. 2, 4
Week 6  Presidential Advisors/Executive Branch Bureaucacy
2/25
 

Laura Neack, The New Foreign Policy ch. 4
I.M Desteler, "Jonestown: Will Obama's National Security Council be 'Dramatically Different?'" Foreign Affairs, April 30, 2009
"Turf Battles on Intelligence Pose Test for Spy Chiefs," New York Times
Bacevich, The New American Militarism, ch. 6
2/27


Case: Cuban Missile Crisis
Video: "The Fog of War" excerpts
New York Times, "Still Crusading, but Now on the Inside

Week 7
3/4

Congress
  *Hastedt, ch. 8
Case: Carter, ch. 14 on the ICC
*James Lindsay, "From Deference to Activism and Back again: Congress and the Politics of American Foreign Policy"
3/6
Public Opinion and Interest Groups

Snow and Haney, American Foreign Policy in a New Era, pp. 249-63
Bacevich, The New American Militarism, ch. 4
Walter Russell Mead, "The Tea Party and American Foreign Policy," Foreign Affairs 2011
Pew, Research of PO and USFP
Week 8  
3/11
The Media

Snow and Haney,  American Foreign Policy in a New Era, pp. 273-84
3/13
Midterm Exam


Week 9  Elections and Interest Groups
3/18
 
  Halstedt, 130-52
Bacevich, The New American Militarism, ch. 5
Friedman, "Did Foreign Policy Matter in the 2012 Presidential Election?" Foreign Policy
3/20


Case: Carter, ch. 12 on U.S.-China Trade Relations
Mearshimer and Walt, "The Israel Lobby" London Review of Books 2006


 Spring Break!


Foreign Policy in Action


Week 10 Security
4/1


Sanger, Confront and Conceal, chs. 6-7
Mandelbaum, The Frugal Superpower, chs. 4-5
Bacevich, The New American Militarism, remainder
4/3


Sanger, Confront and Conceal, chs. 8-9
Case: Carter, ch. 7 on Somali Pirates
Week 11 Economy
4/8

  Mandelbaum, The Frugal Superpower, chs. 1-3
4/11


Zoellick, "The Currency of Power," Foreign Policy, November 2012
Case: Carter, ch. 10 on Global Financial Crisis
Week 12 Simulation
4/15-17

 



Week 13 Simulation
4/22-24

 
Week 14
Environment/Emerging Issues
4/29

  Case: Carter, chs. 13 on Climate Change
Sanger, Confront and Conceal, Part IV
5/1


Case: Carter, ch. 9 on Immigration
Week 15  
5/6

Course Wrap-up
  Take-Home Final Exam Distributed


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