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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2009

T C 357 • Perspectives on U.S. Foreign Policy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43805 TH
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
SRH 3.314

Course Description

This course examines the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy from the early days of the republic to the present. We will concentrate on how the different instruments of national power were considered in formulating foreign policy, and how they were leveraged in its execution.

In the beginning of the course, we will examine the historical underpinnings of our country's foreign policy to deal with the expansionist period, the early desire to avoid international entanglements, hemispheric primacy in the form of the Monroe Doctrine, and the repelling of foreign influences during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

With eventual re-engagement with Europe at the dawn of the twentieth century, we will examine the Roosevelt and McKinley era in foreign policy, the early attempt to meld national and multinational interests in a collective security organization, and the pivotal role of FDR’s presidency in developing visions for the Cold War, containment, and the era of the United Nations.

In the second half of the course we will scrutinize how successive administrations utilized diplomacy and intelligence to serve the interlocking needs of national security and economic interests in the post-World War II era. We will pay particular attention to the contemporary foreign policy environment through consideration of contemporary case studies and address the question: "What is the appropriate role of the US in the world going forward?"

Grading Policy

Group Research Project: 30%
Individual Research Paper: 30%
Short papers/memoranda: 10%
Attendance and meaningful participation: 10%
Mid term exam: 20%


Betts, R. (2004) U.S. National Security Strategy Lenses and Landmarks
Beehner, L. (2005) Perceptions of U.S. Public Policy
Conte, C. and Karr, A. (2001) An Outline of the US Economy
Keidel, A. (2007) Assessing China's Economic Rise: Strengths, Weaknesses and Implications
Kuperman, A. (2004) Humanitarian Hazard: Revisiting Doctrines of Intervention
Sterns, M. (1996) Talking to Strangers: Improving American Diplomacy at Home and Abroad
- Additional readings to be determined and made available on Electronic Reserve

About the Professor

Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN (Ret.), graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950 and from the National War College in 1972. He became an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He was appointed as a tenured professor holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy in August 2001. From January 1 through December 31, 2005, he served as Interim Dean of the LBJ School.

Admiral Inman served in the U.S. Navy from November 1951 to July 1982, retiring with the permanent rank of Admiral. While on active duty he served as Director of the National Security Agency and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. After retirement from the Navy he served for three years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) for three years, and then Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Westmark Systems, Inc for another three. Admiral Inman also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990.

Admiral Inman's primary activity since 1990 has been investing in start-up technology companies, including Gefinor Ventures, for which her serves as Chairman and a Managing Partner. He is also a currently a member of the Board of Directors of Massey Energy Company and several privately held companies, a trustee of the American Assembly and the California Institute of Technology, a director of the Public Agenda Foundation, and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.


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