How is US foreign and security policy formulated and implemented? How do individuals, government institutions, bureaucracies, the parties, the public and the media influence decision-making? This unit gives students a detailed overview of the processes of foreign policy and national security decision-making. This unit also considers a range of contemporary US foreign policy challenges, such as terrorism, military intervention, the use of intelligence, diplomatic engagement and negotiation, international law and multilateral engagement, and the use of public diplomacy.
Taught in Semester 1, 2021
1 x 2 hour seminar per week
10% class participation
30% reading response paper
20% essay proposal
40% research essay
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