POLITICAL SCIENCE 398
United States Foreign Policy
- Winter Quarter 2006
- Tu,Th 1:30-3:20
- Professor Stephen Majeski
Gowen Hall 106
office hours: To be Annonunced and by appointment
Course Webpage - http://faculty.washington.edu/majeski/pols398.06/Index.html
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- 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. Foreign policy decisions are the product of
an history of prior policies, a complex and evolving bureaucracy,
a dynamic international political and economic environment, and
a set of policy tools and procedures available to policmakers.
In order to criticize, evaluate, and understand those decisions
and processes, it is essential to examine all these components.
We will do so by examining a perspective that understands US
foreign policy at least since 1898 as an empire made up of a
network of client states where most activities involve acquiring
and maintaining US clients.
- Course requirements: Each student will write three
analytical papers. The first and third papers each will be worth
20% of the final course grade. The second paper will be worth
35% of the final course grade. Participation in seminar discussion
will account for the final 25% of the course grade. I strongly
urge that you read the New York Times or some "comparable:
sources on a daily basis. You can view most of the
New York Times for "free" on the web at http://www.nytimes.com/
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and has done satisfactory work until within two weeks of the
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- Required reading materials:
- All reading materials (except those with links to the Web)
are available in a reading packet at Professional Copy and Print
at 42nd and the "Ave"
- Course Assignment and Outline
- 1/3 Course Introduction
- I. The American Empire
- 1/5 D. Sylvan and S. Majeski, US Foreign Policy
in Perspective, Chapter 2, "An Empire of Clients"
- II. A Survey of US Foreign Policy in the 20th Century
-- Big Policies and Events
- 1/10, 1/12, 1/17, 1/19, 1/24 S. Ambrose, Rise to
Globalism, Chapters 4-12, 14-17
- Text of NSC-68,
- First paper due Monday 1/30 by 5 PM
- III. How the US Empire Was Put Together
- 1/26 D. Sylvan and S. Majeski US Foreign Policy
in Perspective, Chapter 3, "Acquiring Client States"
- IV. Maintaining An Empire of Clients and Dealing with
- 1/31, 2/2 D. Sylvan and S. Majeski US Foreign Policy
in Perspective, Chapter 4, "The Routine Maintenance
of Client States"
- 2/7, 2/9, 2/14, 2/16 D. Sylvan and S. Majeski US
Foreign Policy in Perspective, Chapter 5, "Client Maintenance
- 2/16, 2/23 D. Sylvan and S. Majeski US Foreign
Policy in Perspective, Chapter 6, "Hostile Interventions"
- Second Paper due Wednesday 3/1 by 5 PM
- V. Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy and the Sustainability
of the Empire
- 2/28 A. Bacevich, American Empire pp. 32-78,
- C. Johnson, The Sorrows of Empire pp. 15-37, and 151-185.
- Full Text of President Bush's National Security Strategy,
- 3/2 B. Woodward, Bush At War, Chs 3-7, 10.
- 3/7 B. Woodward, Plan of Attack, Chs 1-14.
- Text of National Strategy for Victory in Iraq, http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/iraq/iraq_national_strategy_20051130.pdf
- 3/9 D. Sylvan and S. Majeski, "Empire and Multilateralism:
Maintaining Client States During Imperial Decline pp. 1-8, Empire and Multilateralism: Maintaining
Client States During Imperial Decline
- Third Paper due Wednesday 3/15 by 5 PM