U.S. Foreign Policy

Readings Schedule

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January 4: Theory and Explantion

January 6: Strategic Choice

January 8: The Puzzle of War

January 11: Explanations for War: Mutual Optimism

January 13: Explanations for War: Credible Commitment

January 15: Explanations for War: Costly Peace

January 18: NO CLASS (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

January 20: Prisoner's Dilemma vs Stag Hunt

January 22: Deterrence and Compellence, Part I

January 25: Deterrence and Compellence, Part II

January 27: Origins of the Cold War

January 29: Key Events of the Cold War, I: Turkey and Iran

February 1: Key Events of the Cold War, II: Eastern Europe

February 3: End of the Cold War

February 5: REVIEW SESSION

February 8: MIDTERM EXAMINATION

February 10: The First Gulf War (Background)

February 12: The First Gulf War (Crisis and Fighting)

February 15: NO CLASS (President's Day)

February 17: America's Grand Strategy

February 19: U.S. Foreign Policy Process

February 22: U.S. Defense Community

February 24: Democratic Enlargement

February 26: Band-Aid Diplomacy

February 29: Yugoslavia, 1918–91

March 2: The Breakup of Yugoslavia, 1991–99

March 4: Rise of Radical Islam: Egyptian Roots

March 7: Al-Qaeda

March 9: The Road to 9/11

March 11: The Global War on Terror

March 18: FINAL EXAMINATION (8:00a – 11:00a)