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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2006

GOV 388L • 2- American Foreign Policy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38185 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
WEL 3.260

Course Description

Graduate standing required. Consent of the Graduate Advisor must be obtained. Seminar will explore the sources and consequences of US grand strategy. Drawing on historical and contemporary cases of American statecraft, we will consider how international circumstances and domestic politics shape America's geopolitical priorities and the various strategies presidents choose to pursue them. In this connection, we will explore the application of international relations theories to Americas international experience, and the relevance of the US experience for theorizing about grand strategy.

Grading Policy

Research paper and in-class presentations


Niall Ferguson, Colossus: The Price of America's Empire (Penguin 2004) John Lewis Gaddis, Surprise, Security, and the American Experience (Harvard 2004) George Kennan, American Diplomacy (Chicago 1951) James Mann, Rise of the Vulcans (Penguin 2004) Ernest May, The Making of the Monroe Doctrine (Harvard 1975) John Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (Norton, 2001) David Reynolds, From Munich to Pearl Harbor (Ivan Dee 2001) Steve Walt, The Taming of American Power (Norton 2005)


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