17.428 | Fall 2004 | Graduate

American Foreign Policy: Theory and Method


Part 1: Theories of U.S. Foreign Policy
1 Hypotheses, Laws, Theories and Case Studies  
2 Theories of American Foreign Policy Exercise 1 (1-page) due
Part 2: American Grand Strategies
3 Contending Grand Strategies Past and Present  
4 The War on Terror

Other National Security Policy Issues

5 Other Policy Issues and Debates Exercise 2 (1-page) due
Part 3: Case Histories: American Wars, Crises and Interventions
6 The Filipino-Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II  
7 Historical Methods  
8 The Outbreak of the Pacific War, 1941  
9 The Cold War, Korea, and the 1950s  
10 The Indochina War, 1945-1975

The Iraq War of 1991

11 Other U.S. Third World Interventions Paper 1 due
Part 4: Conclusion
12 Current Crises

The Future of American Foreign Policy

13   Paper 2 due

Course Info

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Fall 2004