The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of how governments arrive at foreign policy decisions during episodes of international crisis and/or diplomatic conflict. This course focuses on several aspects of U.S. foreign policy, emphasizing current concerns and organized in terms of several principal functions and regions of interest to U.S. foreign policy. It examines theories of foreign policy as well as specific historical/contemporary cases.

We will first discuss various theoretical frameworks through which foreign policymaking can be viewed. We will then attempt to apply such frameworks to key foreign policy decisions in the course of the 20th and 21st centuries to see how the US government has arrived at them. Finally, we will examine some of the contemporary foreign policy issues to develop an explanation and explore better alternatives. Throughout the term, we will read and discuss various articles to critically reflect upon how various countries have responded to the outbreak of the COVID-19 and how their responses are likely to shape the future of the respective countries as well as the world.