This course will explore both how U.S. foreign policy is made, and its major elements. It will begin by considering how the major theoretical approaches to foreign policy analysis examine the impact of different variables (for example, domestic institutions, the foreign policy bureaucracy, and the Military-Industrial Complex) on U.S. foreign policy. It will then proceed to examine how U.S. foreign policy has evolved over time, with particular attention to which elements have changed, which have stayed the same, and which have contributed to foreign policy issues and problems the United States presently faces. A simulation exercise conducted in the final week will allow students to see how the National Security Council makes decisions in response to present-day foreign policy crises, and reflect on how the factors discussed in previous classes affect real-world foreign policy decision-making.
- Instructor: Richard Baker