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

Spring 2007

GOV 388L • 2 - American Foreign Policy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39080 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
CBA 4.340

Course Description

This seminar examines the sources and consequences of American grand strategy. Drawing on historical and contemporary cases of US statecraft, we 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.


Colin Dueck, Reluctant Crusaders (Princeton 2006) John Ikenberry, American Foreign Policy: A Reader (HarperCollins 2005) Christopher Layne, The Peace of Illusions (Cornell, 2006) John Lewis Gaddis, Surprise, Security, and the American Experience (Harvard 2004) Niall Ferguson, Colossus (Penguin 2004) George Kennan, American Diplomacy (Chicago 1951) Jeffrey Legro, Rethinking the World (Cornell, 2006) Michael Lind, The American Way of Strategy (Oxford, 2006) Ernest May, The Making of the Monroe Doctrine (Harvard 1975) Jack Snyder, Myths of Empire (Cornell 1991) Jeremi Suri, Power and Protest (Harvard, 2003 Fareed Zakeria, From Wealth to Power (Princeton, 1998)


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