American Foreign Policy: Past, Present, Future

Three soldiers stand together in the mountains, waiting for two helicopters to land.

Soldiers with the 101st Division Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division watch as two Chinook helicopters fly in to take them back to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2008. Current issues and crises, like the war in Afghanistan, are discussed at the end of this course. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Army.)


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Fall 2010



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This course covers the history of American foreign policy since 1914, current policy questions, and the future of U.S. Policy. We focus on policy evaluation. What consequences did these policies produce for the U.S. and for other countries? Were/are these consequences good or bad?

Stephen Van Evera. 17.40 American Foreign Policy: Past, Present, Future, Fall 2010. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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