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Braithwaite 435 - 1 Political Science 435 American Foreign Policy Alex Braithwaite Office C366A Clark Office Hours MW 2-4p by appt Fall 2006 MWF

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1 Political Science 435 American Foreign Policy Alex Braithwaite Office: C366A Clark Office Hours: MW 2-4p (& by appt.) Fall 2006 MWF: 12.10p-1.00p 201 Military Science Phone: 970.491.6424 [email protected] COURSE OVERVIEW This course will analyze American foreign policy since WWII from a variety of theoretical approaches, including theories about world politics, American politics, bureaucratic politics, and decision-making. We begin by over-viewing some contemporary problems facing our foreign policymakers. We then take a look at the recent history of America’s foreign policy – with a focus upon the cold war. We next examine a variety of influences upon the formation of foreign policies; both from within the government and from external sources. Finally, we will consider the potential future course of American foreign policy in the twenty first Century. This class will encourage you to think more critically and analytically about historical and current affairs in American Foreign Policy. Central to this goal is recognition of the idea that as political scientists we are interested in identifying and responding to positive questions (which address how and why events occurred) rather than normative questions (which address what should be done). This is to say that we will, throughout, prioritize the maintenance of objectivity in our assessment of particular foreign policy decisions. READING MATERIALS One text is required for this class: 1) Chittick, William O. 2006. American Foreign Policy: A Framework for Analysis. Washington D.C.: CQ Press. (ISBN: 1-933116-62-5.) I will make additional reading assignments available online in plenty of time ahead of the class period for which they are assigned. In addition to the readings listed on the schedule below, it is expected that you will each maintain a general awareness of the current events shaping our international arena. As such you are strongly encouraged to read a newspaper with international coverage such as the New York Times . As an alternative, students are advised to visit www.cnn.com or www.bbc.co.uk to receive up-to-date news on international affairs. You are all encouraged to integrate news of current affairs within our daily discussions and within your exam and paper responses. COURSE REQUIREMENTS, GRADING, AND PROTOCOL
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This note was uploaded on 07/25/2009 for the course POLS 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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Braithwaite 435 - 1 Political Science 435 American Foreign Policy Alex Braithwaite Office C366A Clark Office Hours MW 2-4p by appt Fall 2006 MWF

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