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Aseem Prakash
POL S 321
Seattle Campus

American Foreign Policy

Constitutional framework; major factors in formulation and execution of policy; policies as modified by recent developments; the principal policymakers - president, Congress, political parties, pressure groups, and public opinion.

Class description

Description: This course examines the evolution of American foreign policy since the end of World War II. We will examine the crucial decisions and debates that have shaped the course of American foreign policy, to illuminate change and continuity in the policymaking process, and to provide students with the background and analytical perspective necessary for understanding the future of American foreign policy.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

In addition to examine several contemporary foreign policy issues, we will study the debates over the origins of the Cold War; the development of the policy of containment; the impact of the Korean War; the immediate and long-term importance of the Cuban Missile Crisis; the dynamics of containment through intervention; the pros and cons of Carter's human rights campaign; the Gorbachev Revolution, and foreign policy after 9/11.

Recommended preparation

Text: Steven W Cook and John Spanier. American Foreign Policy Since World War II. CQ Press. Latest edition

Class assignments and grading

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Aseem Prakash
Date: 03/06/2010