Spring 2007 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: America And The World - U.S. Global Policy And The Future Of International Institutions
Instructor(s): Francis Gavin
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 63445
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.103
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Description: The years following the end of the Cold War generated profound questions about the nature of the international system and America?s role in it. Finding answers to these fundamental questions have taken on a new urgency in the wake of the September 11th attacks and the ongoing conflict in Iraq. Additionally, the increasing pressures of globalization ? and its social, economic, and political consequences ? underscore the need for new ideas and fresh thinking about the challenges that America and the world will face in the years to come, and the institutions needed to promote security and prosperity.

How effective are current American and international/multilateral organizations, and are they suitable to meet the challenges that globalization presents? During the 1940s, a group of far-sighted leaders created an array of foreign policy and international institutions to foster international stability and serve U.S. security and economic interests and maintain global stability in a post-war world. These institutions remain the foreign policy instruments for the United States and the world. Despite the dramatic changes in world affairs in the past fifteen years since the fall of the Soviet Union, there have been few effective or systematic attempts to come to terms with these changes and craft a new institutional architecture that guarantees security and prosperity in the years ahead. Which institutions remain effective, which need reform, and which are not suited to meeting the challenges and opportunities that rapid globalization presents? Can policymakers duplicate the vision and energy of the 1940s ?founding fathers? to seize this moment and design new or modify existing institutional arrangements to guarantee security and prosperity in the decades to come?

This course will begin by exploring the global threats and challenges of the 21st century. We will then examine current American and international/multilateral organizations. Particular attention will be paid to how creative organizations ? both domestic and international ? have dealt with complex problems, and how they are planning for the future. Success from the government, private, and nonprofit sectors will be analyzed. Using innovative tools, including scenario planning, the students will attempt to answer the question - how do we modify or design a new set of institutional arrangements that are more appropriate to the 21st century?

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