AMS 391 • Policy Development
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
This seminar will convene on the eve of a high-intensity presidential election. Whatever its outcome, the 2004 contest will be a national referendum on the leadership potential of the man who will take the oath in January 2005. (What policies will he advocate? How will he manage crises? How will he implement Homeland Security, ensure economic progress, etc., etc.) To evaluate these matters is, of course, the voters option; the option for this seminar is to set presidential policy development in the context of sixty-eight years of successes and failures. The record of twelve presidential administrations provides ample evidence of policy initiatives, policy dilemmas, and policy outcomes. Data from both domestic and foreign agendas will be examined and debated. The course will conclude with consideration of emerging policy directions in a polarized country, as it seeks security and prosperity in a turbulent world.