POL S 321
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.
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.
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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.
Text: Steven W Cook and John Spanier. American Foreign Policy Since World War II. CQ Press. Latest edition
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