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1 Jeongsoo Kim PSCI 3327.001 Discussion Questions -- #1 (5 points each). Due Thursday, September 5th at beginning of class. No late papers will be accepted! Each answer should be typed, 11 or 12 point font, single spaced with one inch margins. Thorough answers should be approximately1/2 page in length (or 350-400 words). (1) How does a leader's personality influence foreign policy decision making? A leader’s personality is generally shaped through his or her past experiences and upbringing which plays a large role in determining a leader’s “morality”. Because of this, personality determines how a leader perceives specifics occurrences and actions in current events and how “moral” those actions were. In addition, a leader’s personality will determine the type of people that will have influence over foreign policy decisions and how they will have an influence. For instance, if a leader prefers orderliness and prefers to avoid conflict, he or she will set up a system of advising where people only advise in their specialized area and nothing else. However, if a leader tends to be distrustful, he or she will allow multiple groups to give their opinions on the same topic and gather multiple perspectives and not leave the topic to bias. Leaders, like most people, can also be either impetuous or hesitant which has a large effect on foreign policy.
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  • Fall '13
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  • Political Science, President Obama, President of the United States, foreign policy decisions

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