GOVT-415 Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy
Spring for 2015-2016
This course provides a survey of American foreign policy since World War II. Topics include American exceptionalism, the origins, evolution and end of the Cold War, adaptation to the post-Cold War era, the post-9/11 era, and the Bush Doctrine, as well as selected issues in contemporary U.S. foreign policy such as American primacy, the decline debate, and an early assessment of Obama foreign policy. By the end of the semester, students should have acquired a broad understanding of the most important foreign policy events that have marked the American experience during the past 65 years, the grand strategies that have been considered or implemented, the inherent tradeoffs between ideals and self-interest in foreign policy, and key policy debates. This understanding should prove useful in your ability to think about foreign policy issues long after your undergraduate years at Georgetown. (Prerequisite: Government 006 or equivalent.)
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: GOVT-006
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