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The syllabus is available here


Syllabus for Pol 365 is here

The required readings are here:

Waltz, 2000. “Structural Realism After the Cold War.” International Security

Wendt, 1992. “Anarchy is What States Make of it.” International Organization

(optional)  Jervis, 1978. “Cooperation Under the Security Dilemma.” World Politics

Walt, 2005. “Taming American Power.” Foreign Affairs     

Nye, 2002. “The Limits of American Power.” Political Science Quarterly

Beckley and Brands, 2021. "The End of China's Rise," Foreign Affairs

Thompson 2006 “China’s Leadership Gap.” Foreign Affairs

McCahill, 2017 “The Chinese Communists’ New Politburo Standing Committee.” NBR Commentary. 

Dyson, Raleigh 2014 “Public and Private Beliefs of Political Leaders,” Research and Politics

Morrell 2019 "On Putin and Governance in Russia." CBS Interview

Allison, 1969. “Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis.” APSR

Radchenko and Zubok, 2023. "Blundering on the Brink." Foreign Affairs

Drezner, (2011) “Does Obama Have a Grand Strategy?” Foreign Affairs  

Baker, (2009) “How Obama Came to Plan for Surge in Afghanistan” New York Times

Denmark and Talmadge, 2021, "Why China Wants More and Better Nukes," Foreign Affairs

Krepinevich, 2022, "The New Nuclear Age," Foreign Affairs

Friend et al., 2019 "Why Did the Pentagon ever give Trump..." 

van den Heuvel. 2015. “The New Nuclear Arms Race

Mearsheimer and Walt, 2003. “An Unnecessary War.” Foreign Policy 

Barnett, 2013. “The Pentagon’s New Map.” Esquire 

Bracken, 2003. “The Second Nuclear Age.” Foreign Policy

Joe, 2019 "Predicting the Chinese Navy of 2030." The Diplomat

Scoles. 2023. "Nuclear War..." New York Times

Huntington, 1993. “The Clash of Civilizations?” Foreign Affairs

Putin, 2022. "On the Recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk As Independent Countries." 

Kaplan, 1994. “The Coming Anarchy.” Atlantic Monthly.

Beinart, 2015. “Ideological Differences Over Terrorism” The Atlantic

Haass, 2021. "The Age of America First..." Foreign Affairs

Homer-Dixon 2003. “The Rise of Complex Terrorism.” Foreign Policy

Riedel, 2007.  “Al Qaeda Strikes Back.”  Foreign Affairs 

Lal, 2005.“ South Asian Organized Crime and Terrorist Networks,

Markoff et al., 2010. “Cyberwar” New York Times, 

Zetter, 2012. “Meet Flame…The Massive Spy Malware…” New York Times

(optional) Galeoti 2017. “How the Kremlin Uses Russia’s Criminal Networks in  Europe.” European Council on Foreign Relations

Barnett/Finnemore, 1999. “The Politics, Power, and Pathologies of International

Organizations.” International Organization

Bird, 2001. “The IMF and Developing Countries,” in P.F. Diehl, The Politics of Global Governance.

(optional) The Commission on Global Governance, “Reforming the United Nations,”     

Ratner, 1998. “International Law: The Trial of Global Norms.”  Foreign Policy

Coplin, 1995. “International Law and Assumptions…” World Politics

Brooks/Wohlforth 2023.“The Myth of Multipolarity." Foreign Affairs

Kagan, 1998. “The Benevolent Empire.” Foreign Policy

Tunsjo, 2018 "Another Long Peace?" The National Interest

Maynes, 1998. “The Perils of (and for) an Imperial America,” Foreign Policy

Wohlforth, 2009.“Unipolarity, Status Competition and Great Power War,”  World Politics

Mearsheimer, 2019 "Bound to Fail..."

Economy, 2022. "Xi Jinping's New World Order," Foreign Affairs

Walt, 2008. "Alliances in a Unipolar World."

Rolland, 2020. "A New World Order Modelled by China." Testimony...

Daalder and Lindsay, 2022. "Last Best Hope," Foreign Affairs

Rapp-Hopper, 2020. "Saving America's Alliances."

Jentleson and Weber, 2008. “America’s Hard Sell,” Foreign Policy

Miller et al, 2015 "Norms, Behavioral Compliance and Status Competition," International Interactions

Bezerra et al 2015 "Going for the Gold versus Distributing the Green..." Foreign Policy Analysis

Larsen and Shevchenko 2010 "Status Seekers..." International Security

Holsti, “Theories of Crisis Decision-making."

Morgenstern, “Cold War as Cold Poker,”

Sicherman, “Next Steps in the Middle East

Friedman, 2021. "Trump's Iran Policy..." New York Times

Williams and Bellamy,2012. “Principles, Politics and Prudence: Libya and the Responsibility to Protect,” Global Governance

Nishihata, 2012. “Global Governance and the Spread of Cyberspace Controls,” Global Governance

Byman et al. 2001 "The Democratic Peace Idea." In The emergence of Peer Competitors.

Gartzke, 2007 "The Capitalist Peace, " American Journal of Political Science

Gibler, 2012 "Democracies and the Territorial Peace, The Monkey Cage

Acharya, 2007 "The emerging regional architecture of world politics." World Politics 

Destradi, 2010 "Regional Powers and their Strategies, Review of International Affairs


Simulation and role playing materials:


Some Additional Stuff:

     Russia's Military Mobilization Plans 

     Missile Defense Issues

     US National Security Strategy (2017) 

     U.S. Possible use of Nuclear Weapons (2018)

     On Climate Change (2018)

     On Arctic Warming (2018)

    On US and China on Climate Change (2018)

     National Intelligence Strategy (2019)

    A Concise Guide to the Belt and Road Initiative (2019)

   A Russia-China Condominium over Eurasia (2019)

   "Russia Matters"

    Nuclear Posture Review (2018)

    Latynina (2019) "Putin's Fancy Weapons." New York Times

     Dupont, 2020, "Mitigating the New Cold War between China and the U.S."

     Pei 2020, "China's Coming Upheaval." Foreign Affairs

     Strategic Survey (Good overview of geopolitical approaches) (available through U of A library online)

    Newspapers around the globe

    The National Bureau of Asian Research here

POL 455 U.S. FOREIGN POLICY Honors Seminar

The Syllabus is here

Week 3 power points here

The required readings are here:

DeYoung (2015) "How the Obama white House Runs Foreign Policy." Washington Post. 

Berinsky, A. (2007) “Assuming the Costs of War: Events, Elites and American Support for Military Conflict,” Journal of Politics, Vol.69, No. 4. 

Bacevich (2011) "The Tyranny of Defense Inc." Atlantic Magazine 

Cohen (2017) "Live and Learn." Foreign Policy Analysis

Keller et al (2020) "Presidential Risk Propensity and Intervention in Interstate Conflicts" Foreign Policy Analysis

Astor (2019) "How much political experience does it take...." New York Times

 Baum (2013) “The Iraq Coalition of the Willing and (Politically) Able…” American Journal of Political Science

Jacobs and Page (2005) "Who Influences US Foreign Policy." APSR

Baum and Potter (2019) "Media, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy..." Journal of Politics  

Tama (2018) "The Multiple forms of Bipartisanship..." Social Science Research Council

Milner and Tingley (2011) Who Supports Global Economic Engagement" International Organization 

Colgan (2013). “Domestic Revolutionary Leaders and International Conflict.” World Politics. 

Saunders (2017). No Substitute for Experience..." International Organization.  

Tama (2018) "The Mutiple Forms of Bipartisanship..." Social Science Research Council.

Bueno de Mesquita, Principles of International Politics, pps. 157-170

Groves, (2015). “Principal-Agent Problems…,” International Journal of Political Science and Development.

Blinken and Kagan (2019) "America First is Only Making Things Worse..." The Washington Post

Drezner (2019) "Present at the Destruction..." Journal of Politics

Schmidt, B. & Williams, M. (2008) “Bush Doctrine & the Iraq War:   Neoconservatives vs. Realists.” Security Studies. April: 191-220.

Brooks and Wohlforth (2015) "The Rise and Fall of Great Powers..." International Security

Waltz (2000) "Structural Realism after the Cold War." International Security

Ikenberry, G. John (2009) “Liberal Internationalism 3.0: America and the Dilemma of Liberal World Order.” Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 7, pp. 71-87.

Amorim Neto and Malamud (2015) “Who Determines Foreign Policy in Latin America?” Latin American Politics and Society 57, 4.

The Economist (2020) "China v America"

Moravcsik (1997) "Taking Preferences Seriously..." International Organization

(Bureaucratic Model)  Marsh, K. (2013) “Obama’s Surge: A Bureaucratic Politics Analysis of the Decision to Order a Troop Surge in the Afghanistan War.” Foreign Policy Analysis (February).

Yahi Milo (2013) "In the Eye of the Beholder..." International Security

Verma (2020) "Pompeo Says Human Rights Policy..."

Smith (2020) "Missing in Analysis: Women in Foreign Policy Making." Foreign Policy Analysis

Wendt (1992)  "Anaarchy is what states make of it..." International Organization

Bueno de Mesquita, “Selectorate Theory.” In Principles of International Politics.

Siverson and Bueno de Mesquita. (2017). “The Selectorate Theory and International Politics,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory

Feaver (2009) “What is Grand Strategy and why do we need it?”

Drezner (2011) “Does Obama Have a Grand Strategy?”

Miller (2012) “Global Politics and Strategy…Five Pillars.”

Volgy et al. (2017) "Conflict, Regions, and Regional Hierarchies," in Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations

Ferguson (2016) “Donald Trump’s New World Order.” The American Interest  

Drezner et al (2020) "The End of Grand Strategy," Foreign Affairs

Charountaki (2014) “US Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice: From Soviet Era Containment to the Era of Arab Uprising(s).” American Foreign Policy Interests.

The Economist (2022) "Change You Can't Believe In..."

Biden (2022) "Why I am Going to Saudi Arabia"

Bader (2022) "Biden's China Policy Needs to be More Than Just Trump Lite," Brookings

The Economist (2022) "America Rethinks Its Strategy for Taking on China's Economy"

The Economist (2022) "Nancy Pelosi's Visit..."

Haass (2021) "The Age of America First..." Foreign Affairs

Monaghan (2013) “Russia’s Grand Strategy.”

Gordon and Shapiro (2020). "How Trump Killed the Atlantic Alliance."

Pham (2014) “The Development of the US Africa Command and its Role in America’s Africa Policy…” Journal of the Middle East and Africa

Lew (2016) “America and the Global Economy: The Case for US Leadership.” Foreign Affairs

Additional materials here:

     U.S. National Security Strategy (2017)

     Administration speech on the Middle East (January 10, 2019) here

     Economy (2020). China's New Revolution. Foreign Affairs.

     National Intelligence Strategy (2019)

    Pew Reseach Center's Public Opinion Poll on US Foreign Policies (2018)

     (Reuters, 8/2/19) Factbox: From Phone Makers to Farmers, the Toil From Trump's Trade Wars

      Kaplan, 2019. "Hitting First (on starting a nuclear war), Slate

       The Dereliction of Diplomacy (The Economist, August, 2020)

  Organizational Charts/ US Foreign Policy Establishment 

   Chicago Council on Foreign Relations Public Opinion on Foreign Policy

  Research Design Power Point

Resources on U.S. Intelligence:

Materials on Biden Transition

  Changes to the National Security Council

  Biden to nominate Avril Haines as DNI here

  Choosing a New CIA Chief

  Biden's Chief of Staff at:

  Blinken as Secretary of State at:

  Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor at: 

    and at:

  Secretary of Defense at:

   Biden's pick for Homeland Security at:

   Biden picks Tai as US Trade Representative here

   UN Ambassador at:

   All Cabinet nominees at: 


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