The goals of the course are threefold. First, it aims to familiarize students with the principal alternative approaches to foreign policy as a field related to, but distinct from, international relations. Second, it enables students to participate in and contribute to contemporary debates on foreign policy-making using theoretically-informed empirical analysis. Finally, it teaches students how to research and write and deliver a foreign policy paper to assist their own government in diagnosing a problem and offering concrete policies to solve the problems. In doing so, students must give attention to both the costs and political viability of their proposal.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Distinguish the causal logics of competing theories of foreign policy
Explain foreign policy formation in concrete cases
Test the relative explanatory value of competing theories using empirical analysis
Undertake foreign policy analysis using process-tracing and other techniques
Identify the policy implications of competing theories of foreign policy
Develop, present and defend policy papers