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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Lecture 25 The National Security Strategy of the United States
  1. I. Where We Are
    A. Sum of Monday’s Lecture
    B. The “hawk” view
    C. The Eagle/Bluejay view
  2. The setting:
    A. debunking two old Grand Strategies
    B. The Guiding World View
    1. US Unipolar Dominance
    2. Threats: Rogue states and non-state terrorists
    a.. state failure
    b. state sovereignty eroded and not useful

  3. III. The New Foreign Policy Grand Strategy
    A. Major Assumptions
    1. Continued US dominance
    2. The Universality of American Values
    3. The Madman assumption
    4. Democratic Dominoes
    B. Three-fold Strategy
    1. Military dominance
    a. Little value attached to stability
    b. little need for I.O.s
    c. little need for alliances
    2. Pre-emption + missile defense
    3. Regime change

  4. IV. Analysis
    A. The Conservative Internationalist
    B. The Conservative Realist
    1. The US cannot maintain unipolarity forever
    2. Madman assumption is suspect
    3. Strategy endangers US security
    a. replication of our strategy
    b. global reach creates enemies
    4. Missile Defense allows US adventurism
    C. Liberal Internationalist
    1. strategy does not take account of economic interdependence
    2. Endangers US security by destroying IOs
    D. Liberal Isolationist