Fall 2007
Fully Enrolled

SOCS 611
American Foreign Policy at the Crossroads: The Challenge of the Post-9/11 Era

Foyle,Douglas C.

09/20/2007 - 12/13/2007
Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 107

Special Schedule: One-week immersion, August 9-13 (Monday-Friday) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

As the United States faces an ever-widening array of international problems in the post-9/11 world, the challenge for the nation is to construct an effective foreign policy to support American interests while dealing with the threat of terrorism and managing situations a diverse as Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. To evaluate a framework for the future, the course begins with an exploration of the traditions and processes of American foreign policy. We consider the successes and failures of American foreign policy in the post-World War II period with particular attention to the experience in Vietnam. We then focus our attention on the foreign policy process itself and the major actors shaping its formulation. In the third and final course section, we consider and evaluate the major strategic choices available to policy makers as confront the myriad challenges before them.

Sources for the course include readings from: John Lewis Gaddis, Strategies of Containment (2005), Zbigniew Brzezinski, Second Chance (2007), Robert Gordon Kaufman, In Defense of the Bush Doctrine, and selections from Foreign Affairs, International Security, and other sources.

Students will be graded on three short essays, a final essay, and participation.

In observance of Rosh HaShanah (Thursday, September 13th), this course will begin one week later on Thursday, September 20, 2007.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/masters/courses/Fall_2007/fall07_syllabi/syb_socs611.html


Douglas Foyle (A.B. Stanford; M.A. and Ph.D. Duke University) is the Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of Government with specialties in U.S. Foreign Policy, international security, and the influence of public opinion and elections on foreign policy. In addition to articles and book chapters on the 2003 Iraq War, world public opinion on the Bush Doctrine, and the diversionary use of force, his book Counting the Public In: Presidents, Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy (Columbia University Press, 1999) considers the role that public opinion has on American foreign policy decision making. Among other projects including a case study of the 2006 Dubai Ports World crisis, he is currently working on a book examining the influence of elections in foreign policy decision making. He is a recipient of Wesleyan's Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2009). Click here for more information about Douglas Foyle.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Zbigniew Brzezinski, SECOND CHANCE: THREE PRESIDENTS AND THE CRISIS OF AMERICAN SUPERPOWER (Basic Books), Hardcover

John Lewis Gaddis, STRATEGIES OF CONTAINMENT, 2005 (Oxford University Press), Paperback

Robert Gordon Kaufman, IN DEFENSE OF THE BUSH DOCTRINE (University Press of Kentucky), Hardcover

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