F702 Spring 2019 American Foreign Policy: Contemporary Issues
Mondays, 2:15-3:40, May 6–May 20
Church of the Good Shepherd
Instructor: Helen Desfosses
This course will focus on three topics: 1) the main objectives and emphases of US foreign policy; 2) the politics of, and key actors in, American foreign policymaking; 3) the domestic and geopolitical limits and opportunities of US foreign policy in a multi-power world. Alternative futures for US foreign policy will also be discussed. A helpful, but not required, background book is a paperback by Glenn P. Hastedt, American Foreign Policy: Past, Present and Future, 2018, 11th edition.
Dr. Helen R. Desfosses has taught many OLLI courses on contemporary policy and politics. She bases her foreign policy courses on her PhD in political science, her many years of research and teaching, and the books and articles that she has published on foreign policy topics, ranging from superpower foreign policy to the development, economic and political, of less-developed areas of the world. She has also traveled and lectured throughout the world for the US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development.