MSFS-630 Congressional Decision-Making and U.S. Foreign Policy
Spring for 2008-2009
This seminar will examine how Congress participates – or does not participate – in U.S. foreign policy, and look at the ways in which others attempt to work with and influence Congressional decision-making. It will examine the basic premise that – in any democracy – politics is closely connected to the making and conduct of foreign policy and that in the United States a great deal of the political process plays out in Congress. The first part of the course looks at Congress’ role in foreign policy decision-making historically and in the present, the second examines how Congress is organized to make foreign policy decisions and assert its influence, and the third addresses the interplay between Congress and other political actors in foreign policy decision-making. The instructor was a Foreign Service Officer who also worked on Capitol Hill and had extensive dealing with Congress on foreign policy.
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Spring '09: James Seevers (file download)
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