310LSpring2009GlobalPolicy

310LSpring2009GlobalPolicy - Studyingand Practicing-Global...

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Key topics in the textbook Introductory case study: unilateralism vs. multilateralism and Bush administration Think about how Obama’s appointments are changing American policy Foreign policy and democracy: A contradiction in terms? The idea of “the national interest” How Exceptional? The U. S. as a superpower Structural foundations: economic, military, “soft power” U.S. in the world trading system [box pp. 584-5] Strategic alternatives: unilateralists vs. multilateralists Problems of the post-Cold War world [know the basics about each problem--and think about how recent developments might change this list] How much do rich countries help poor countries? [box pp. 602-3] Why did we invade Iraq in 2003? [box p. 605]
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Underlying questions raised by the textbook Who makes foreign policy? Constitutionally: what role for Congress? Formally: the Executive Branch policy machinery What role for the people [box, pp. 608-9]
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Additional topics Actually: domestic sources Textbook: » Public opinion and the news media » Corporations, interest groups, and social movements Add: ideas about what matters in world affairs (Edwards and “Constructivism”--remember reality images, etc.)
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Special current political issues “War” on “terrorism” or “terror” or “terrorists”—and its domestic dimensions and consequences War in Iraq plus Afghanistan: What to do now plus possible aftermaths--and the longer-term consequences for U.S. military credibility and economic strength Instabilities and threats in various places, esp. Mideast (Palestinian government split, Israel, and Iran), North Korea, Pakistan Increased proliferation of military capabilities, including weapons of mass destruction [see Keller: “The Thinkable,” N.Y.Times Magazine , May 6, 2003] Relations with China and Russia Globalization and its effects
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Other current issues Resources--esp. oil [previous class], water, food/hunger/nutrition Environment [previous lecture] Health and disease--epidemics? Trade patterns--esp. trade deficit, safety
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