POL 66 — America and the World: The Foreign Policy Challenge
Together, we will explore the US approach on the world stage as it endeavors to influence global stability, dollar dominance in the world economy, and the pursuit of liberal democratic ideals. We will examine the nuanced concept of “foreign policy,” dissecting its defining elements, principal motivators, and primary limitations within the context of US interactions with nations such as China and Russia. The course will include in-depth discussions about key internal and external players, small-group activities to evaluate the potential impact of the 2024 elections, and a thought-provoking in-class debate regarding the overall effectiveness of US foreign policy. By the end of this course, students will understand recent shifts in American foreign policy and will be equipped with a comprehensive grasp of the factors shaping our nation’s role in a rapidly evolving world.
This course requires no prior knowledge of American foreign policy or global affairs. The course is designed for students interested in how the United States has become the dominant power in the world, how it exercises this dominance, and the challenges it faces.