מדיניות החוץ של ארצות הברית
(קורס מועבר באנגלית)
This course has three parts. First, it surveys the history of US foreign policy, focusing on recurring themes of ideology and interests and conflicting trends of isolationism and internationalism. Second, it delves into selected current issues in which these themes and trends play out. Third, it introduces key players who conceive and implement foreign policy.
The assigned reading (about 30 pages per week) includes primary source texts, from John Winthrop’s City Upon a Hill sermon and Washington’s Farewell Address to Kennan’s Sources of Soviet Conduct and recent State Department testimony to Congress. Some of these documents will be familiar to students from other classes but will be read here through the lens of their place in the formation and evolution of US foreign policy. Students will read from both realist and idealist schools as we examine specific issues, and both approaches will receive scrutiny and appreciation.
Students will give 10-minute oral presentations from a list of suggested topics. There will be a short mid-term quiz to test comprehension of core themes and factual information. Students will write a final paper (in either Hebrew or English) in form of a memorandum recommending a change in policy.