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Spring 2019
Apr 09, 2020
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GOVT 264 - Contemp US Foreign Policy
This course provides a survey of American foreign policy since World War II. Topics include American exceptionalism, the origins, evolution and end of the Cold War, adaptation to the post-Cold War era, the post-9/11 era, and selected issues in foreign policy such as American primacy, strategies of engagement versus retrenchment, globalization, the decline debate, politics and foreign policy, the Bush and Obama doctrines, and an early assessment of Trump foreign policy. By the end of the semester, students should have acquired a broad understanding of the most important foreign policy events that have marked the American experience during the past seven decades, the grand strategies that have been considered or implemented, the inherent tradeoffs between ideals and self-interest in foreign policy, and key policy debates. This understanding should prove useful in your ability to think about foreign policy issues long after your memorable undergraduate years at Georgetown are behind you.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Government Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/IPOL Foreign Policy

Mutual Exclusion:
This course carries a mutual exclusion with the following courses; you may not enroll in it if you have completed any of the following with a passing grade:
GOVT 415

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