F305 Summer 2018 Ideals and Self-Interest in American Foreign Policy
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, June 20, June 27, July 11
Instructor: Greg Cleva
Were noble ideals, such as Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points or Jimmy Carter's human rights policy, compatible with America's national interest? Are similar ideals compatible with America's foreign policy today? How do we reconcile our desire for an orderly and peaceful world with the cold calculations of power politics? This class will examine these questions and others by reviewing the two major schools of thought in the history of American foreign policy—realism and idealism. These perspectives are essential to an understanding of our nation's international relations. These schools of thought will be reviewed against the background of specific episodes in recent American history, and they will be assessed for their relevance for understanding American foreign policy today.
Gregory Cleva holds a PhD in international relations from The Catholic University of America. His professional career was as a foreign affairs analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Affairs. His published writing includes a book on Henry Kissinger. He is currently at work on a study of President Kennedy's views on American foreign policy. He is a member of the Washington, DC World Affairs Council.