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The New President’s Foreign Policy Priorities and Impacts on US World-wide Interests

This course will be conducted as both lecture and seminar. The first session will be a lecture and class discussion of the state of world politics in spring 2017, factoring in the impact of the newly-elected US President. The second and third sessions will focus on US foreign and strategic policy in Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. The class will divide into teams of five or six participants to work on scenarios, prepared by the instructor. These teams will analyze the complexities of policy formulation at the President’s National Security Council, as well as on the role of Congress. Those who were in Dr. Nuechterlein’s earlier OLLI courses will have an understanding of his conceptual framework (matrix), which outlines a national-interest approach to foreign policy decision-making. Discussions will include economic, political, and security considerations, as well as American values that form an integral part of US interests abroad. Teams will compare their policy recommendations in the full seminar.

Instructor Bio:

Donald Nuechterlein was a naval officer in World War II and was assigned to Germany during the military occupation of that country after the war. During his long government career, he served in the Department of State (in Washington, Iceland, and Thailand), and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD/ISA). In 1968 he joined the faculty of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville and also lectured on US foreign policy at the University of Virginia. After retiring from federal service in 1988, he lectured at universities in Canada, Australia, and Germany. He has had research grants at the University of California, Berkeley, The University College of Wales, and Oxford University. Dr. Nuechterlein’s PhD is from the University of Michigan (political science and international relations). He is the author of nine books on US national interests and foreign policy, and he writes a monthly column on foreign affairs for several Virginia newspapers.

Required Reading:

Participants are expected to have read at least one national newspaper and magazine that cover international affairs, among them: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.

Recommended Reading:

Nuechterlein, Donald. America Recommitted: A Superpower Assesses Its Role in a Turbulent World, 2001.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B30 Donald Nuechterlein May 4, 11, 18, 25 Th 9:30-11:00 a.m. Westminster Canterbury WL

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