POLITICAL SCIENCE 321
American Foreign Policy
- Winter Quarter 2003
- M,W, F 9:30-10:20
- Professor Stephen Majeski
Gowen Hall 106
- Office Hours M 11-12, Th 1-2 or by appointment
Course Webpage - http://faculty.washington.edu/majeski/321.w2003
- Teaching Assistants: Erik Lundsgaarde (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Christi Siver (email@example.com)
- 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 a democratic society
such as the United States; one which plays a unique role in the
international system. 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 (and do perceive) 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 two midterm and
one final exam. Each midterm exam will account for 20% of the
final course grade and the final exam will account for 30% of
the final course grade. The remaining 30% of the final course
grade will be based upon individual student contributions to
discussions held during the Tuesday -Thursday quiz sections (10%)
and assignments organized by the Teaching Assistants (20%). Teaching
assistants will discuss their assignments with you early in the
quarter. 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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as the use of creations, ideas or words of publicly available
work without formally acknowledging the author or source through
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or unintentional. The University of Washington takes plagiarism
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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 the course work involved.
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UW Student Conduct Code)
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:
- The following books have been ordered and are available at
the University bookstore.
- Stephen Ambrose, Rise to Globalism
L. Chang and P. Kornbluh, The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
- Course Assignment and Outline
- Course Introduction 1/6
- I. The Historical Context of American Foreign Policy;
"A Fast Tour of the Cold War Era"
- A. (1945-1950) Constructing America's World: The Blueprint
of Post World War II U.S. Foreign Policy is Produced -- 1/8,
1/10, 1/13, 1/15
- S. Ambrose, Rise to Globalism, pp.52-113.
- This following two readings can be found on electronic
- D. Sylvan and S. Majeski "Was Luce Right: Simulating
the Growth of U.S. Client States" pp. 1-8 and
- Excerpts from NSC-68
- Current example of
client state interactions
- B. (1950-1988) The Cold War -- Up, then Down, and
then Back Up
- The Korean War and The "Masters of the Universe"
- S. Ambrose, Rise to Globalism, pp.114-170.
- The Hegemon Stumbles and Things Fall Apart (1/20 - holiday),
- S. Ambrose, Rise to Globalism, pp. 171-253, 281-302.
- Return of the Hegemon? 1/24
- S. Ambrose, Rise to Globalism, pp. 303-351
- First Mid-Term Exam 1/27
- II. Understanding How Foreign Policy Decisions are Made
- Case 1
- "Good" Policymaking - The Cuban Missile Crisis
1/29, 1/31/, 2/3, 2/7
- L. Chang, and P. Kornbluh The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962,
pp. 1-7, 77-154, 197-232.
- III. Understanding How Foreign Policy Decisions are Made
- Case 2
- "Poor" Policymaking? Vietnam 2/10, 2/12, 2/14,
(2/17 President's day), 2/19 Video "LBJ Goes to War"
- Second Mid-Term Exam 2/21 Study
- G. Kahin, Intervention: How American Became Involved in Vietnam
pp. 306-401.This reading can be found on electronic
- IV. The End of the Cold War, The Gulf War, and Post Cold
War Foreign Policy 2/24, 2/26, 2/28, 3/3
- S. Ambrose, Rise to Globalism, pp. 352-428.
- Plus the following readings readings which can be found on
- M. Mandelbaum, "Foreign Policy as Social Work,"
Foreign Affairs, 1996, pp. 16-32.
- J. Ikenberry, "The Myth of Post-Cold War Chaos,"
Foreign Affairs, 1996, 79-91.
- M. Danner, "Marooned in the Cold War," World
Policy Journal, 1997, 1-23.
- The Clinton Administration and its Struggles with Osama Bin
Laden -- three articles - two from the Washington Post
and one from the The New York Times
- V. Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy -- 3/5, 3/7,
- The following readings readings can be found on electronic
S. Mallaby, "The Relcutant Imperialist," Foreign Affairs,
S. Walt, "Beyond bin Laden," International Security,
Profile: Changes in the Bush Administration's Views on US Foreign
Policy -- National Public Radio -- All Things Considered Transcripts
Parts 1 and 2
- Full Text of President Bush's National Security Strategy
- VI. Conclusion 3/14
- FINAL EXAM - Wednesday March 19th 8:30-10:20 AM Final Study Questions