Policy and Politics an International Perspective
Description: The goal of this course is to examine critical foreign policy issues and actors. The first section will focus on critical issues in the Middle East including the 2011 uprisings and their consequences for the region as well as U.S. relations with selected Middle Eastern countries. U.S. relations with Pakistan, India and Afghanistan will be briefly analyzed as well. The section on China will provide a detailed analysis of Chinese foreign policy and China’s transformation into a major international power in the last thirty years. This section will focus on China’s strategic and national security policies, China’s role in the world economy, and China’s relations with the U.S., Taiwan, Japan, S. and N. Korea. The current conflicts in the S. China Sea and U.S., Chinese and S. East Asian policies in this critical region will be analyzed as well. The last section of the course will discuss Russia’s role in the international economic and political system, U.S. and China relations with Africa and Latin America and the Obama Doctrine.
Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course the students are expected to have acquired: a) The main analytic methods and approaches used in international relations. b) In depth knowledge of the nature of the Chinese government, its approach to foreign policy, as well as China’s impact on the world political and economic systems c) In depth knowledge of major issues affecting the Middle East and the U.S. role in that region d) The nature and impact of the conflicts in the South China Sea e) Major problems affecting the international position and power of Russia, and Latin American and African countries’ relations with China and the U.S.