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U.S. Foreign Policy Confronts Competing Regional Powers

This course is a lecture/seminar and teams will work on policy scenarios related to four major areas of the world. The initial session will include a lecture and class discussion on the state of world politics in the spring of 2018 and on the NSC system for coordinating policy in the executive branch. The second and third sessions will focus on U.S. policy in Europe, Middle East, East Asia, and Latin America. Teams will analyze the complexities of policy formulation in the Trump White House, and discussions will include economic, political, and security factors, as well as American values that form US national interests. Teams will share their findings and policy recommendations in the final session. It is essential that those signing up for this course attend the first class. Successful teamwork is dependent upon consistent attendance. Note: This course does not meet on Thursday, May 17.

Instructor Bio:

Donald Nuechterlein was a naval officer in World War II and was assigned to Berlin in 1946-47 during the occupation of Germany. He served in the Department of State and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1952 until 1968, when he moved to Charlottesville to join the faculty of the Federal Executive Institute. He lectured on US foreign policy at UVA and at universities in Canada, Australia, and Germany. 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. Defiant Superpower: The New American Hegemony (an introduction to the national-interest framework for decision-making), 2005. Haass, Richard N. Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order (a discussion of the relationship between US domestic and foreign policy), 2013. Allison, Graham. Destined For War, 2017.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B400 Donald Nuechterlein May 3, 10, 24, 31 Th 9:30-11:00 a.m. Westminster Canterbury WL

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