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242Calla09w - Political Science 242 American Foreign Policy...

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Political Science 242 Patrick Callahan, 990 W. Fullerton, #2110 American Foreign Policy Office Hours: TTh 10:30-11:30 and by appointment Winter, 2009 Phone: (773) 325-7338 Home phone: (630) 264-0773 pcallaha@depaul.edu Overview: This course is an introduction to the foreign policy of the United States. Its special will be the early indications about the nature of American foreign policy under the Obama presidency. Through class discussion and a research paper, we will consider collectively and individually the basic outlook of the president and his national security team and the early foreign policy undertakings of the administration. Through readings, lectures, and discussions, we will examine the context within which the administration has to work. Important dimensions of context will be the institutional structure of the government, the basic characteristics of the American political system, and the inertial weight of history, political culture and international environment (aka “reality”) . The course will have three main sections. The first section examines the governmental institutions and process by which policy decisions get made, with special emphasis on the foreign policy bureaucracy. Our primary text for this section is A nthony Lake’s case study of the making of U.S. policy toward Nicaragua during its revolution during the Carter Administration. The second section examines the broader political system over a broader chunk of history. The basic theme is the constraints created by the democratic nature of the American polity public opinion, interest groups, the Congress especially when there is no consensus about foreign policy fundamentals. Our main text will be Richard Melanson’s history of post-Vietnam foreign policy. Our third theme is the broadest: How American political culture has informed its sense of national interest and thus its basic foreign policy strategy since the founding of the country. Our text will be Michael Lind’s recent book. Texts: Anthony Lake, Somoza Falling: A Case Study of Washington at Work . (University of Massachusetts Press, 1992) Richard A. Melanson, American Foreign Policy since the Vietnam War: The Search for Consensus from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush. (M. E. Sharpe, 2005) Michael Lind, The American Way of Strategy . (Oxford University Press, 2006) You should keep up with current events as pertains to international affairs. You will use that information when you write your research paper. Also, we will frequently discuss important current events. Being familiar with them will enable you to join in, or at least follow, the conversation. They will need to The best source for doing so is The New York Times , which is available electronically as well as in print. Other acceptable sources are: Chicago Tribune , the Christian Science Monitor , and the Wall Street Journal
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