SEST-699 America, the Middle East, and Grand Strategy in the post-9/11 Era
Spring for 2017-2018
Grand strategy represents a state’s overarching theory of what constitutes national security and how best to produce national security. Do U.S. presidential administrations have grand strategies? If so, do they shape the conduct of foreign policy in important ways? This course answers these questions in the context of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East since 9/11. The first portion of the course includes a brief discussion of American foreign policy traditions since the founding of the republic, and U.S. grand strategy during the Cold War and post-Cold War periods. The course then examines the grand strategies of the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations in depth, with a particular emphasis on how these grand strategies shaped U.S. policy toward Iraq, Iran, Libya, and Syria. The course requires students to write a small number of short papers and a longer research paper.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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