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

Spring 2008

GOV 388L • 2-American Foreign Policy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39570 TH
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
BAT 1.104
Trubowitz, P

Course Description

This seminar focuses on the sources and consequences of American grand strategy. Drawing on historical and contemporary cases of US statecraft, we explore how international and domestic politics shape America's geopolitical priorities and the various strategies presidents choose to pursue them. In this connection, we will assess the application of international relations theories to Americas international experience, and the relevance of the American experience for theorizing about grand strategy.


Graham Allison and Philip Zelikow, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis, 2nd edition (Longman 1999) Colin Dueck, Reluctant Crusaders: Power, Culture, and Change in American Grand Strategy (Princeton 2006) Stephen Krasner, Defending the National Interest: Raw Materials Investments and US Foreign Policy, (Princeton 1978) Fareed Zakeria, From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role (Princeton 1998) Thomas Christensen, Useful Adversaries: Grand Strategy, Mobilization, and Sino- American Conflict, 1947-1958, (Princeton 1996) Jeffrey Legro, Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order (Cornell 2006) Jack Snyder, Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition (Cornell 1991) Daniel Deudney, Bounding Power: Republican Security Theory from the Polis to the Global Village (Princeton 2007) Kevin Narizny, The Political Economy of Grand Strategy (Cornell 2007) Stephen van Evera, Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science, (Cornell 1997)


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