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PSCI 131: American Foreign Policy Week One: American National Interests and Foreign Policy Key Term s: Samuel Huntington George Kennan American Creed National Interest Professionalism Commercial diplomacy Legalistic-moralistic Particularism Discussion Questions and Themes : 1. Why is it important to Huntington that America have a clear, unified national interest? Do you agree with him that particularistic ethnic and commercial interests threaten the pursuit of a unified national interest? Why or why not? 2. Does the United States need a common enemy in order to successfully pursue its foreign policy goals? What does the history of the US since the end of the Cold War (and the time since Huntington wrote in 1997) indicate? 3. Should our foreign policy be more professionalized (as Kennan argues) or should it be more responsive to public opinion? What are the advantages and drawbacks of both? 4. How does Kennan critique what he calls the tendency towards supporting “legalistic - moralistic” framework in international affairs? What specific
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