American Foreign Policy (pol 1305) Fall 2020 t th 1: 30-2: 15


Readings All readings (except for those from Required Book



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AFP YC Fall 2020 syllabus revised
Readings

All readings (except for those from Required Book) are posted online through E-RES under POL1305 – American Foreign Policy (they can also be found on the course’s CANVAS page)

http://www.yu.edu/libraries/ (then click to “E-RES); password is POL1305

You must register for off-campus access to library resources if you need to use E-RES from off-campus

The following book is required for class:

Bruce W. Jentleson, American Foreign Policy: the Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, 5th edition (New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2013)



Week 2: Historical Background (September 1) The Role of Ideas (September 3)

  • Snyder, Jack. “One World, Rival Theories,” Foreign Policy, no. 145 (Nov-Dec), 2004, pp. 52-62

  • Jentleson, pp. 89-114 and 120-127

  • Ignatieff, Michael. “Doubling Down on Democracy,” The Atlantic, October 2015. (e-journal access)

  • Samuel Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations?” Foreign Affairs, vol. 72, no. 3 (summer 1993), pp. 22-49

  • Edward Mansfield and Jack Snyder, “Democratization and the Danger of War,” in Jentleson, pp. 611-617

Week 3: The Role of Ideas cont’d. (September 8) International Sources (September 10)

  • Barry Posen, “Pull Back: the Case for a Less Activist Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs, vol. 92, no 1 (Jan/Feb 2013), pp. 116-128

  • Stephen Brooks, G. John Ikenberry, and William Wohlforth, “Lean Forward: in Defense of American Engagement,” Foreign Affairs, vol. 92, no 1 (Jan/Feb 2013), pp. 130-142

  • Kenneth Waltz, “Anarchic Orders and Balance of Power,” (1979) in Theory of International Politics (2010 edition) pp. 102-116 and pp. 125-128

Week 4: Unipolarity/Hegemony (September 15) The Role of Public Opinion, Interest Groups and the Media (September 17)

  • Robert Jervis, “The Remaking of a Unipolar World,” 2006, The Washington Quarterly, 29:3, pp. 7-19

  • Christopher Layne. “This Time It’s Real: the End of Unipolarity and the Pax Americana,” International Studies Quarterly, March 2012, Vol. 56, issue 1, pp. 203-213

  • Jentleson, pp. 56-84

  • Piers Robinson, “The CNN Effect: Can the News Media Drive Foreign Policy?” Review of International Studies, vol. 25, no. 2, April 1999, pp. 301-309

Week 5: The Israel Lobby. (September 22) The Role of Government Agencies (September 24)

  • John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, “The Israel Lobby,” 2006, London Review of Books. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/john-mearsheimer/the-israel-lobby

  • Robert C. Lieberman, “The “Israel Lobby” and American Politics,” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 7, no. 2, June 2009, pp. 235-257

  • Jentleson, pp. 27-53, pp. 618-621

Week 6: The Role of Government Agencies II (October 13) US-Soviet Relations (October 15)

  • Stephen Krasner, “Are Bureaucracies Important? (Or Allison Wonderland),” Foreign Policy, 7 (Summer 1972), pp. 159-179 (via JSTOR)

  • Jentleson, pp. 237-238

  • Steven Casey, “When Congress Gets Mad: Foreign Policy Battles in the 1950s and Today,” Foreign Affairs, 95, 1 (January/Feb 2016) (e-journal access)

  • Mr. X, “The Sources of Soviet Conduct,” 1947, in Jentleson, pp. 271-274

  • Jentleson, pp. 176-184

Week 7: End of the Cold War (October 20) US-Russia Relations (October 22)

  • John Lewis Gaddis, “The Unexpected Ronald Reagan,” 1992, in Jentleson, pp. 279-281

  • Mikhail Gorbachev, “The Soviet Union’s Crucial Role,” 1998, in Jentleson, pp. 282-284

  • Jentleson, pp. 503-532

  • Fyodor Lukyanov, “Putin’s Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs, 95, 3, pp. 30-37, May/June 2016

Week 8: US and Europe (October 27) US and Asia (October 29)

  • Stephen Walt, “The Ties That Fray: Why Europe and America are Drifting Apart,” The National Interest, vol. 54 (Winter 1998), pp. 3-12

  • Robert Kagan. “NATO’s global peace is unraveling and we can’t see it,” Brookings, July 15, 2018. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/07/15/natos-global-peace-is-unraveling-and-we-cant-see-it/

  • Jentleson, pp. 419-445






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