MSFS-714 Workshop: Foreign Policy Formulation
Fall for 2009-2010
This course examines decisionmaking processes in large organizations, focusing on the formulation of US foreign policy. Topics with illustrate the breadth and scope of the information upon which these decisions are based and the role of the analyst in providing factual, timely, and comprehensive briefings to principals. Students will
investigate and analyze policy decisions and the information flow that went into these decisions as they relate to organizational biases. Students will be required to participate in simulations as briefers, principals and observers related to (inter-alia): the Congressional debate on CAFTA; the decision to go to war in Iraq; planning for a post-Castro Cuba; and the formulation of an effective policy towards Iran. In taking on the roles of briefers and principals from distinct
Federal agencies and branches of the US Government, lectures and interviews with active-duty and retired Federal officers will prepare students for these presentations in learning about "organizational culture" within these entities. Also assigned reading and lectures will provide an historical and comparative context for these simulations. During the latter third of the semester, students will construct and defend ten guiding principles for US policy post 2008. To prepare, there will be assigned readings and lectures on this topic. Students will be evaluated primarily on the quality of their oral and written presentations in the simulations. There will be a written mid-term examination.
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