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.
Human rights and US foreign policy.
Climate change agreements.
Climate change and national security.
Department of State, "Human rights and democracy."
Sarah Snyder, "Human rights and US foreign policy."
Week #15: Monday, December 7 to Sunday, December 13: final exam week. Study guide.