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?