U.S. Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy


Modul MAPOL_WP6b: Perspektiven und Positionen der Politikwissenschaft

Konstituierende Sitzung: Tuesday, October 18, from 8-9:50 pm. SR 02.034

2. Sitzung: Tuesday, November 8, from 8-9:50 pm. SR 02.034

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15.Dez. 2011  09-17Uhr

16.Dez. 2011  08-12Uhr  


Seminarleitung: Jeffrey Lantis, PhD (College of Wooster)

Seminarsprache: English



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What is the grand strategy of the United States in the 21st century?  Is the “unipolar moment” for the United States over, or is the country on the “path to permanent war,” as some argue?  How do foreign policy objectives of the Obama administration fit within a broader historical context?  Grand strategy represents a compelling frame that bridges theory and policy-making.  It is a way of thinking about plans and policies to advance national interests, but it is also the product of significant contestation.  This seminar examines the development of United States foreign policy and grand strategy from the 18th century to the present, with a special focus on contemporary debates.  Key case studies include the origins of U.S. containment policies in the Cold War, liberal internationalism and humanitarian intervention, U.S.-European relations in the post-Cold War era, the war on terrorism, and U.S. responses to the “Arab Spring.”  The seminar will enhance student understanding of grand strategy through critical examination of history, theories of political science, and policy dilemmas.




Andrew Bacevich, Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War, 2010

Robert Kagan, Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order, 2003

Christopher Layne, The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940

to the Present, 2006     

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, “Speech to the NATO Council on the Future of the Alliance,” June 10, 2011

Stephen E. Ambrose and Douglas G. Brinkley, Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, Ninth Revised Edition, 2010

Richard Haass, The Opportunity: America’s Moment to Alter History’s Course, 2005

Anne-Marie Slaughter, “America’s Edge: Power in the Networked Century,” Foreign Affairs, May/June 2008

Colin Dueck, “Hegemony on the Cheap: Liberal Internationalism from Wilson to Bush,” World Policy Journal, 2003

Fareed Zakaria, The Post-American World, 2009

Charles A. Kupchan and Peter L. Trubowitz, “Grand Strategy for a Divided America, ” Foreign Affairs July/August 2007

Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay, America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy, 2005

Barack Obama, “Renewing American Leadership,” Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007

Zbigniew Brzezinski, “From Hope to Audacity: Appraising Obama’s Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2010

Verantwortlich: Stefan Schilling
Letzte Änderung: 18.10.2011
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