AMS 391 • US Foreign Policy Agendas
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
SCOPE: There has never been a better time to pose the following two questions: How did the United States reach its current position in the world? Where do we go from here? This course addresses both issues as case studies in policy development. The first question will be addressed by analyzing how the U.S. emerged since the 1930s from semi-isolationism into super power status by examining foreign policy-making in response to two major variables (a) competing internal pressures and (b) changing external situations. Decision makers and other policy participants to be considered include the Executive Branch, the Congress and the Courts, pressure groups, parties, the media, the private sector, the individual citizen, etc. The second question: (where we stand on the eve of a presidential election) will focus on Homeland Security and diplomacy in an age of globalized terrorism. The U.S. role in international organizations and in treaty relationships will be addressed and questions raised as to U.S. responsibilities in regional trouble spots. Major trends and projections will be assessed at the end of the term.