American Foreign Policy

American Foreign Policy PS 123/PACS 130
Spring 2003
Monday and Wednesday 4-5:30
4 LeConte
Professor Crawford
202 Moses Hall
Office Hours: M 10-11:30



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Mission Statement:
This course will analyze the causes and consequences of American foreign policy and the current policy debates from a variety of theoretical perspectives. We will identify the perspectives underlying alternative positions on military policy, foreign economic policy, policies on human rights, democracy, regime change, and more. Using the theoretical tools, we will examine the history of American foreign policy, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the period after World War II. Finally, the course will examine current problems and the future role of the United States in the world. What policies should the US adopt toward current global and regional problems? Should the US primarily protect its own material interests? Should it promote its values and institutions? What should be the stand on global human rights and environmental issues? How has globalization changed the conditions under which the US acts in the world?