Lecture Notes

I. Theories and Strategies
1 Introduction American Foreign Policy: Introduction (PDF)
2 Overview of American Foreign Policy Since 1914 No notes
3-5 Theories of American Foreign Policy

Theories of International Politics (PDF)

The "Spiral Model" vs. the "Deterrence Model" (PDF)

6-8 American Interests and Grand Strategies US Interests and Grand Strategies (PDF)
II. America's Major Wars: World War I, World War II, Cold War, & Korea
9-11 World War I and World War II

The United States and World War II (PDF)

The United States and World War I (PDF)

12-13 Cold War Origins and Conduct; the Korean War Cold War Origins and US Intervention in the Korean War (PDF)
III. Interlude: U.S. National Security Policy; The Terror War; U.S. Foreign Economic Policy
14 American National Security Policy, 1945-present No notes
15-16 The U.S. War on Terror

U.S. National Security Policy, 1945-Present (PDF)

The War on Terror, 2001-Present (PDF)

17 American Foreign Economic Policy, 1945-present U.S. Foreign Economic Policy (PDF)
IV. Cold War Crises: Berlin, Taiwan Straits, And Cuba 1962
18-19 The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis; other Cold War Crises The Cuban Missile Crisis, Oct 16-28, 1962 (PDF)
V. American Interventions In The Third World
20-21 The Indochina War, 1950-1975 The Vietnam War, 1945-1975 (PDF)
22-23 Other American Interventions and Non-Interventions American Interventions in the Third World: An Overview (PDF)
VI. The Road Ahead: Current Crises And Future Policies
24-25 Current issues and crises; assessment of Bush and Obama administration's foreign policies; the future of American foreign policy Predicting the Future and Prescribing for the Future (PDF)
26 Final Exam Final Exam Study Questions (PDF)