POLITICAL SCIENCE 321
American Foreign Policy
- Summer Quarter Term A 2005
- M-F 9:40-11:50
- Professor Stephen Majeski
Gowen Hall 106
office hours: To be Annonunced and by appointment
Course Webpage - http://faculty.washington.edu/majeski/321.s2005
- About the course: The purpose of this course is to
familiarize the student with the process of American Foreign
Policymaking so that she/he can critically evaluate current and
future foreign policy decisions. I take this to be an essential
aspect of being a "good citizen." In any event there
is much to be critical of historical and current U.S. foreign
policy. We will not criticize policy based upon what are claimed
to be or believed to be "good" or "right"
objectives and goals. That is a political and moral decision
which each of us must make on our own. Rather, we will analyze
and evaluate, attempt to understand, and criticize foreign policy
on its own terms. That is, given that policymakers perceived
the world in a particular fashion and that they have a set of
elaborated objectives, how and why did (do) they construct
and implement foreign policy.
- Foreign policy decisions are the product of an historical
context (both individual and cultural), a complex bureaucratic
process, and an intertwined domestic and international political
and economic environment. In order to criticize, evaluate, and
understand those decisions and processes, it is essential to
examine all these components. We will try to do so all in the
space of one academic quarter. This requires making ruthless
choices. My choices unfold below. I apologize at the start for
leaving out an awful lot of worthwhile material.
- Course requirements: There will be one midterm and
one final exam. The first exam will account for 40% of the final
course grade and the final exam will account for 40% of the final
course grade. The remaining 20% of the final course grade will
be based upon individual student contributions to discussions.
I intend to lecture for the first part of each class (roughly
an hour or so) and then we will have discussion. The discussion
sessions have two purposes. The first is to elaborate and/or
clarify materials in the reading and the lectures. The second
is to provide a structured forum for discussion of current U.S.
foreign policy issues. Valued contributions to discussion require
being informed. I strongly urge that you read the New York Times
or come "comparable: sources on a daily basis. Discount
order forms for the New York Times will be distributed
in class. You can also view some of the New York Times
for "free" on the web at http://www.nytimes.com/
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of publicly available work without formally acknowledging the
author or source through appropriate use of quotation marks,
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of Washington takes plagiarism very seriously. Plagiarism may
lead to disciplinary action by the University against the student
who submitted the work. Any student who is uncertain whether
his or her use of the work of others constitutes plagiarism should
consult the course instructor for guidance before formally submitting
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An incomplete is given only when the student has been in attendance
and has done satisfactory work until within two weeks of the
end of the quarter and has furnished proof satisfactory to the
instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness
or other circumstances beyond the student's control. (Source:
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- Required reading materials:
- All reading materials are available in a reading packet at
Professional Copy and Print at 42nd and the "Ave"
- Course Assignment and Outline
- Course Introduction 6/20
- I. Constructing America's World: The Blueprint
of Post World War II U.S. Foreign Policy 6/21, 6/22, 6/23, 6/24
- D. Sylvan and S. Majeski US Foreign Policy in Perspective,
Chapter 2, "An Empire of Clients"
- S. Ambrose, Rise to Globalism, Chapters 4-7
- Excerpts from NSC-68
- II. Understanding How Foreign Policy Decisions are Made
- Case 1 "Good" Policymaking - The Cuban Missile
Crisis 6/27, 6/28, 6/29
- L. Chang, and P. Kornbluh The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962,
pp. xv-xix, 1-7, 77-84
- Case 2 "Poor" Policymaking - Vietnam
6/30, 7/1, 7/4 Holiday no class, 7/5
- G. Kahin, Intervention: How American Became Involved in
Vietnam pp. 306-401.
- Mid-Term Exam 7/6 Study
- III. The End of the Cold War, and Post Cold War Foreign
Policy 7/7, 7/8, 7/11, 7/12
- S.Ambrose, Rise to Globalism pp. 352-397.
- A. Bacevich, American Empire pp. 32-78.
- R. Rubin, In an Uncertain World pp. 3-38.
- A.Bacevich, American Empire pp. 141-166.
- IV. Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy -- 7/13, 7/14, 7/15,7/18,
- A. Bacevich, American Empire pp. 225-244.
Full Text of President Bush's National Security Strategy
- C. Johnson, The Sorrows of Empire pp. 15-37, and 151-185.
- "The Path to War," From Vaniety Fair May 2004
pp. 101-116, 169-182.
- D. Sylvan and S. Majeski, "Empire and Multilateralism:
Maintaining Client States During Imperial Decline pp. 1-8.
- FINAL EXAM - 7/20 Final