SCHEDULE OF TOPICS
Schedule of Topics and Assignments
Week #1: Wednesday, September 2 to Sunday, September 6: Introduction to the course. The national interest.
Week #2: Monday, September 7 to Sunday, September 13: Competing perspectives on international relations and foreign policy.
Guide to week #2.
AFP 216-219, John Mearsheimer, "Realism."
Henry Kissinger, "Henry Kissinger on the assembly of a new world order," Wall Street Journal (August 29, 2014).
AFP 220-224, Robert Keohane, "Governance in a partially globalized world."
AFP 598-600, John Ikenberry, "Liberal internationalism."
Week #3: Monday, September 14 to Sunday, September 20: Hard and soft power. Isolationism and engagement.
Hard and soft power I.
Hard and soft power II.
Christopher Nichols, "The untold story of American Isolationism." (17:30. This video has no captioning option. Let me know if that is an issue for you.)
Week #4: Monday, September 21 to Sunday, September 27: How American foreign policy is made.
Week #5: Monday, September 28 to Sunday, October 4: The Cold War and its lasting impact.
Week #6: Monday, October 5 to Sunday, October 11: Exam I. Study guide (to be activated the end of the week before).
Week #7: Monday, October 12 to Sunday, October 18: Hegemony and the unipolar world (the 1990s). Neoconservatism and the Iraq War.
Week #8: Monday, October 19 to Sunday, October 25: Terrorism and the War on Terror.
Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner, "Step back: lessons for US foreign policy from the failed war on terror," Cato Institute Policy Analysis #814 (June 26, 2017), 1-17.
Week #9: Monday, October 26 to Sunday, November 1: Great power politics and American foreign policy.
Week #10: Monday, November 2 to Sunday, November 8: The Middle East. Rogue states.
Week #11: Monday November 9 to Sunday, November 15: Exam II. Study guide (to be activated the end of the week before).
Week #12: Monday November 16 to Sunday, November 22. The current and future state of warfare.
Christopher Chivvis, "Understanding Russian 'hybrid warfare' and what can be done about it."
Week #13: Thanksgiving week (Monday, November 23 to Sunday, November 29): No assignments.
Week #14: Monday, November 30 to Sunday, December 6: US policy on the environment. Human rights.
Environmental protection and conservation.
Department of State, "Human rights and democracy."
Sarah Snyder, "Human rights and US foreign policy."
Week #15: Monday, December 7 to Saturday, December 12: to be determined.