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MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Graduate School of Social Sciences

Department of Latin and North American Studies
Current Issues & Future Prospects in American Foreign Policy

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Dr. Akın Alptuna, retired Ambassador

This course is designed to examine the current issues and the future prospects in American foreign policy. The present financial crisis in the US has brought about serious constraints in defense and foreign policy areas. The era since the end of WWII is coming to an end. What the US will and will not do in the period ahead calls for careful studies.



This course aims to examine American Foreign Policy mainly in four stages. It will begin with the review of the policies during the Cold War and will be followed by post-Cold War period. The third and fourth stages will respectively focus on the present financial crisis and its implications on foreign policy. In this connection the priority issues for the US such as security in Europe and East Asia, the spread of weapons of mass destruction and the access to oil and other markets will be studied. Furthermore, prospective relations with China, Russia and the Middle East Region will be examined.
Course Outline:
Week 1: American foreign policy during the Cold War
Week 2: American foreign policy during the Cold War
Week 3: American foreign policy during the Cold War
Week 4: Post Cold War
Week 5: Post Cold War
Week 6: Financial Crisis and its constraints on foreign policy
Week 7: Financial Crisis and its constraints on foreign policy
Week 8: Security in Europe
Week 9: Security in East Asia
Week 10:.Spread of WMD
Week 11: Oil Issues
Week 12:.Relations with China
Week 13: Relations with Russia
Week 14: Relations with the Middle East Region
Reference Material:
The Frugal Superpower –Michael Mandelbaum
Liberal Leviathan - G. John Ikenberry
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics—John J. Mearsheimer
Free Fall—Joseph E. Stiglitz
Beyond the Crash – Gordon Brown
Uberpower – Josef Joffe
The Irony of Manifest Destiny—William Pfaff
The Future of Power – Joseph s. NYE, Jr.
The End of the Free Market – Ian Bremmer
The Cold War –John Lewis Gaddis
Why the West Rules for Now—Ian Morris
Monsoon – Robert D. Kaplan
Periodicals Foreign Affairs, The American Interest
Directory: sites -> lna.metu.edu.tr -> files
sites -> 9. 5 Political Powers and Achievements Tom Burns- beacon High School
sites -> Indiana Academic Standards Resource Guide World History and Civilization Standards Approved March 2014
sites -> Penn State Harrisburg American Studies/Women Studies 104: Women and the American Experience Spring 2015 Instructor: Kathryn Holmes
sites -> Penn State Harrisburg am st/wmnst 104: Women and the American Experience Spring 2015 Instructor: Kathryn Holmes
sites -> Abolition and Women’s Rights Chap. 14 Se
sites -> In the years between the Seneca Falls Convention and the Civil War, powerful links existed between antislavery and women’s rights advocates. Virtually all women’s rights advocates supported abolition
files -> Middle East Technical University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department of History
files -> Course Title: lna 501. Past, Present and Future of Latin America Instructors


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