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Fall 2013 - 63556 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

America and the World: Foreign Policy Issues after 9/11

Instructor(s): Green, Brendan
Unique Number: 63556
Day & Time: W 6:00 pm -9:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.355/314
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce the major American foreign policy debates of the post-9/11 era and to place these debates in historical and theoretical context.  It begins with a study of different “traditions” in American foreign policy, their liberal and realist origins, and the problems and prospects for grand strategy in a unipolar world.  Subsequently, the course examines a different foreign policy problem or debate each week, covering issues of security, diplomacy, economics, the environment, and development.  Topics vary by year, but may include: nuclear proliferation; counter-insurgency; global environmental cooperation; humanitarian intervention; finance in the wake of the great recession; the rise of China; foreign aid and the developing world; international terrorism; the Arab Spring, and others.  The course aims to provide a basic road map to an eclectic range of problems confronting contemporary policymakers, while forcing students to think hard about the trade-offs and assumptions that lie behind competing policy alternatives


Dr. Green, a visiting professor this semester, has a PhD in Political Science from MIT and currently holds a professorship at Williams College.