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POL 184 — A New American President: A New American Foreign Policy

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 6—May 25
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 19
Unit: 1
Tuition: $355
Instructor(s): Gerald Dorfman
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 6—May 25
8 weeks
Drop By
Apr 19
1 Unit
Gerald Dorfman
This course will examine the prospects for change in American foreign policy as the new Trump presidency begins to take shape. We will begin by exploring the history of presidential transitions as they apply to America’s international relations. What did the foreign policy transitions at the beginning of the Obama and George W. Bush administrations look like? What do the changes so far in the very first months of the new administration seem to be portending? Who are the key leaders on the foreign policy team, and what are their views and credentials in international affairs? Importantly, how does the history of American foreign policy impact the ability of the new administration to carve out its own distinctive directions?

We will then examine the most challenging problems that the new foreign policy team will need to address: an aggressive, Putin-driven, Russian foreign policy; a fast-rising and powerful China vying for power in Asia and international superpower status; the seemingly endless turmoil in the Middle East, especially the continuing and complex conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan; the Palestinian/Israeli troubles; the problems of migration and international terror; and finally, our often-tense relations with our allies in Europe and elsewhere.

Gerald Dorfman, Senior Fellow, Emeritus, Hoover Institution; Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science, Emeritus, Stanford

Gerald Dorfman is an expert on British and European politics, including the European Union. He is also interested in US foreign policy and international relations. Dorfman served in the Agency for International Development in the United States Department of State, and has been a professor of political science at Iowa State, a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, and a distinguished visiting professor at San Jose State. He received a PhD from Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Steven Hook and John Spanier, American Foreign Policy since World WarII, 20th edition (ISBN 978-1-4833-6853-5)