GOVT-264 Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy
Fall for 2015-2016
NOTE: This course was renumbered in Fall 2014. A student who earned credit for GOVT 415, Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy, in a prior term should not enroll and cannot earn credit in this class.

A WORD ABOUT LAPTOPS: For fall semester 2015, Laptops, IPADs, etc. will not be permitted in the classroom. In my judgment, these tend to distract you from the subject of the lecture. Students with a truly compelling reason to use a laptop may request an exception to this policy.

OVERVIEW: 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, selected issues in contemporary U.S. foreign policy such as American primacy, strategies of engagement versus retrenchment, the decline debate, and an interim 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 seven decades, 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 memorable undergraduate years at Georgetown are behind you. (Prerequisite: Government 006, 060, or equivalent.)
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: GOVT 006 or GOVT 060
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