Develops familiarity with tools available to promote international objectives of the United States. International case studies selected to illustrate the diverse considerations inherent in the policy process and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the national institutions involved. Prerequisite: SIS 201.
Examines how American foreign policy is formulated and executed. Drawing on historical cases and studies of current issues, analyzes how key foreign policy actors (the president, executive departments, Congress, and various interest groups) use a variety of foreign policy tools (diplomacy, negotiations, sanctions, military threat and action) to achieve national goals.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Prerequisite: SIS 201.
Class assignments and grading
Students will submit five Presidential policy memoranda and a final policy paper. Active engagement in class discussion is required, as well as an oral presentation on an assigned case. Final grades will be based on the level and quality of participation (30%), five policy memoranda (40%), and the final policy paper (30%).