POLITICAL SCIENCE 382: U.S. FOREIGN POLICY MAKING

 

Fall 2005

Northern Illinois University

Christopher Jones

 

Office: ZU 415

Phone: 753-7039

E-mail: cmjones@niu.edu

 

Class Meetings: T, TH 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Classroom: DU 252

Office Hours: Thursday 1:00-4:00 PM or by appointment

 

INTRODUCTION

This survey course in U.S. foreign policy making has four basic objectives. The first goal is to provide a solid introduction to the actors, interests, and politics that shape the formulation, implementation, and oversight of American foreign policy. We will begin with an overview of the domestic and global contexts of foreign policy-making, including the impact of September 11, 2001. Then several class meetings will focus on specific players within the U.S. foreign policy process: the president, National Security Council, State Department, Defense Department, intelligence community, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Congress, interest groups, news media, and the public. In each instance, we will explore the actor’s role, interests, and capacity to influence the direction of contemporary foreign policy.

The second objective of the course is to understand how these actors interact to make U.S. foreign policy across a range of issue areas. During one class period we will examine interagency processes. Several other sessions will be devoted to analyzing case studies of recent foreign policy decisions. These cases will illustrate the political and human dimensions of foreign policy making and in doing so provide an opportunity to explore the real world of American foreign policy. Through these critical thinking exercises, we will also uncover the many different decision-making processes that produce foreign policy outcomes. The case studies will also advance the course’s third aim, which is to gain some appreciation of the substantive issues and challenges confronting present-day policy-makers. Some of the subjects to be discussed include terrorism, the Iraq War, trade, nuclear proliferation, ethnic conflict, and weapons procurement.

Through lectures, discussions and case analyses, the fourth and final goal is to consider who truly makes American foreign policy. Scholars of U.S. foreign relations have long debated the relative influence of various governmental and nongovernmental actors. Some individuals contend the president primarily shapes foreign policy. Other observers argue the chief executive is just one of a number of important players. Which perspective is more accurate today? Is there one correct explanation or does the answer vary with particular issues or circumstances? We will consider these questions throughout the semester, giving particular attention to the "paradox of presidential power," and attempt to reach some conclusions during the final week.

 

PREREQUISITE AND RECOMMENDATIONS

This is a fairly challenging 300-level course designed primarily for POLS majors and minors with a serious interest in foreign policy and international relations. Students should hold a junior or senior class standing. This is a prerequisite. It is strongly recommended POLS 285 or an introductory international relations course at another institution be completed before enrolling in this course. Completion of POLS 100 or an introductory American government course would also be very helpful. Non-majors and POLS majors who have not completed this coursework are welcome, but should consider themselves warned about these recommendations.

Good foreign policy students keep up with current events. Staying informed allows you to make better sense of the instructor's examples and other students' comments. It will also help draw linkages between the course material and the "real world." Last, news articles will equip you with examples that you may wish to use on the examinations to highlight class concepts. The two best newspaper sources for developments related to the substance and process of U.S. foreign policy-making are the following.

New York Times (Click on "Nation," "International" and "Washington")

http://www.nytimes.com

Washington Post (Click on

http://www.washingtonpost.com (Click on "Nation," "World" and "Politics." Under "Nation" also click on "National Security" for links to articles on intelligence, the military, etc.)

 

CLASS FORMAT

The class meetings devoted to a specific foreign policy actor will have a lecture component. However, students are always welcome and encouraged to interrupt me to ask questions or make comments about the material. Also members of the class should be prepared to answer the many questions that I will regularly pose concerning a particular day’s material, a past class, or the assigned readings (which are to be completed before class). Thoughtful participation will be rewarded.

For class meetings devoted to the analysis of case studies, everyone’s active and thoughtful participation is absolutely essential and expected. During these sessions I will guide the discussion and highlight key points and concepts, but the vast majority of our time will be spent discussing and dissecting American foreign policy as a group. Much of the class participation grade (discussed below) will be dependent on students’ performance during these sessions.

To ensure the quality of these class periods, everyone is expected to do three things. First, a copy of the assigned case study should be brought to class. Second, the assigned case study should be read carefully before class. Third, the "Before You Begin" questions that accompany each case study should be used as a reading guide.

 

ASSIGNED READINGS

Two required textbooks are available for purchase at the university bookstore. I have made a conscious effort to keep the material as affordable and update-to-date as possible. Therefore, the books are recently published paperback editions. To be successful in this course, I strongly encourage students to have personal copies of each of the following books:

  1. Jerel A. Rosati, The Politics of United States Foreign Policy, 3rd edition (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2004).
  2. Ralph G. Carter, ed., Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Trade to Terrorism, 2nd edition (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2005).

For those students faced with limited budgets, I have placed one copy of each book on two-hour reserve in the library. Please return these materials in a timely fashion so that everyone is guaranteed reasonable access.

 

GRADED REQUIREMENTS

The first requirement is written examinations. The midterm exam is scheduled for Thursday, October 6 and will be worth 25 percent of the course grade. The final exam will be administered on Tuesday, December 6 during the university’s examination period and be worth 30 percent of the final course grade. Both examinations must be completed to pass the course. Each test will be composed of a variety of written response short answer questions. Prior to each exam, I will outline the specific exam format, discuss grading standards, and distribute a study guide.

The second course requirement is participation. Components of this grade include (a) regular and thoughtful participation in class lectures and discussions, (b) regular attendance (no more than three absences), and (c) regular and thoughtful engagement in case study exercises or any group work. Failure to fulfill any one these expectations satisfactorily or any additional assignment will significantly reduce the participation grade, which is worth 20 percent of the final course grade.

In general, relevant in-class participation (a and c) will be evaluated according to the following scale (with plus and minus grades being possible):

A = regular and thoughtful participation

B = occasional and thoughtful participation

C = regular attendance, but little or no participation

D = less than regular attendance

F = little or no attendance

Attendance is generally taken each class session. At the end of the semester, the total number of class meetings is divided into the number of times a student was present. The resulting percentage is then converted to a letter grade. Missing class no more than two or three times will result in an "A" for this portion (one-third) of the participation grade. Please note that a half letter grade deduction will be taken from the overall course participation grade (not just the attendance grade) for each class missed after the fifth absence.

The third course requirement are short quizzes on all case study days. These relatively easy five-question quizzes are designed to test one's basic understanding of the assigned case study's content to ensure that the members of the class have completed the reading and are fully prepared to discuss and analyze it. The expectation is that every member of the class will have at least a C- quiz average (70 percent) by the end of the semester. There will be a half letter deduction in the final course grade for quiz averages in the 60-69 percent range and a full letter deduction for quiz averages in the 0-59 percent range. No make up quizzes will be administered.

The fourth course requirement is a seven-page research paper that examines the role and relative influence of an actor within the contemporary U.S. foreign policy process. Unlike the exams, one is not required to complete the paper to pass the course, but failure to submit it will result in a grade of zero percent. To complete this assignment, which is due Tuesday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m. and is worth 25 percent of the final course grade, students should follow the detailed directions provided within this syllabus (see below) and on the first day of class.

The midterm examination, final examination, and quizzes will be scored on a 0 to 100 percent scale and assigned a corresponding letter grade (with plus and minus designations included when appropriate). For the research papers and participation, letter grades will be awarded. In computing the final course grade, these two components will count as follows: A = 95, A- = 91, B+ = 88, B = 85, B- = 81, C+ = 78, C = 75, C- = 71, D+ = 68, D = 65, D- = 61, and F = 0 to 50 (depending on extent and quality of work within "F").

 

SUMMARY OF GRADED REQUIREMENTS

Midterm Examination = 25 percent

Final Examination = 30 percent

Participation = 20 percent

Research Paper = 25 percent

 

COURSE POLICIES AND LOOSE ENDS

1. Makeup Exams: Makeup exams will only be given in extraordinary circumstances. If such circumstances arise, please contact the instructor as soon as possible and before the scheduled exam. To keep the process fair for everyone in the course, students may be asked to support requests for makeup exams with documentation. A missed examination without prior notification and a documented excuse will result in a zero and a course grade of "F" as opposed to an incomplete.

2. Students with Disabilities: Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, NIU is committed to making reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Those students with disabilities that may have some impact on their coursework for which they may require accommodations should notify the University's Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR). CAAR will assist students in making appropriate accommodations with course instructors. It is important that CAAR and instructors be informed of any disability-related needs during the first two weeks of the semester.

3. Late Assignments: An assignment submitted after the due date will be penalized by a deduction of ten points or one letter grade per day. Since students will have had several weeks to complete their work, this standard will be waived only in extraordinary circumstances.

4. Submitting Written Work: Assignments should be handed-in to me personally or given to a department secretary to be time-stamped. Assignments placed under my office door or sent with a friend tend to disappear at times. If a student selects one of these modes of delivery, he or she does so at his or her own risk.

5. Extra Credit: Extra credit assignments will not be given on an individual basis to raise final course grades. Like makeup exams, such projects raise serious questions of equity. If a project is made available, such as an assignment related to a "pizza and move night," every member of the class would be given the opportunity to complete it.

6. Handouts: Handouts are a privilege for those students who attend class on a regular basis. No student is entitled to supplemental materials simply because they are registered for the course.

7. Classroom Etiquette: Students are to arrive at class on time. Two tardy arrivals are equivalent to one class absence. Students are to remain for the entire session unless excused by the professor beforehand or confronted with a serious personal emergency. For instance, it is not acceptable for students to walk in and out of class to answer cell phones, take casual bathroom and smoking breaks, or attend to other personal matters. Cell phones, pagers, or any electronic devices that make noise must be turned off during class unless the instructor has been notified beforehand of a special circumstance (e.g., sick family member, pregnant wife, special childcare situation, etc.). No one should talk while someone else is talking; this includes comments meant for a classmate rather than the entire group. What may seem like a whisper or a harmless remark to one person can be a distraction to someone else, particularly in a small room. Overall, classroom dialogue and behavior should always be courteous, respectful of others, and consistent with the expectations set forth by the university.

8. Incomplete Requests: Such petitions will be granted only in extraordinary circumstances. The instructor reserves the right to ask for documentation to verify the problem preventing completion of the course by the normal deadlines. If the student does not present documentation from a university office or official, the matter will be left to the instructor’s discretion.

9. Academic Dishonesty: Regarding plagiarism, the NIU Undergraduate Catalog states: "students are guilty of plagiarism, intentional or not, if they copy material from books, magazines, or other sources without identifying and acknowledging them. Students guilty of, or assisting others in, either cheating or plagiarism on an assignment, quiz, or examination may receive a grade of F for the course involved and may be suspended or dismissed from the university." The above statement encompasses the purchase or use of papers that were written by others. Please note that I retain copies of papers written in previous years. In short, students are advised to do their own work and learn the rules for proper quoting, paraphrasing, and footnoting.

10. Class Participation: I recognize class discussion comes more easily for some people than for others. By temperament or habit, some individuals are "talkers" while others are "listeners." Learning to be both is an important subsidiary goal of this course. Comments that are not relevant to the ongoing discussion and off the point will not be rewarded. Remarks that are disruptive to the discussion, insensitive to others, or attempt to dominate the discussion will not be tolerated. I strongly prefer students to participate on a voluntary basis. If you are particularly apprehensive about talking in class, or feel closed out of the discussion for another reason, please speak with me. There are some things I can suggest that may be helpful. Remember: communication skills and self-confidence are extremely important assets in the professional world. Thus it is better to develop these things in the collegial environment of this class rather than under more difficult circumstances later in life.

11. Unannounced Quizzes: The instructor reserves the right to conduct pop quizzes (in addition to the case study quizzes), if it becomes grossly apparent through class discussions that students are not completing the assigned readings on a regular basis. If such quizzes are administered, they will be averaged and used to raise or lower a student’s final course grade by a half a letter grade. Whether a particular student’s grade is adjusted positively or negatively will be dependent on a class average. It will not be done capriciously.

12. Undergraduate Writing Awards: The Department of Political Science will recognize, on an annual basis, outstanding undergraduate papers written in conjunction with 300-400 level political science courses or directed studies. Authors do not have to be political science majors or have a particular class standing. Winners are expected to attend the Department’s spring graduation ceremony where they will receive a certificate and $50.00. Papers, which can be submitted by students or faculty, must be supplied in triplicate to a department secretary by February 28. All copies should have two cover pages – one with the student’s name and one without the student’s name. Only papers written in the previous calendar can be considered for the award. However, papers completed in the current spring semester are eligible for the following year’s competition even if the student has graduated.

13. Department of Political Science Web Site: Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to consult the Department of Political Science web site on a regular basis. This up-to-date, central source of information will assist students in contacting faculty and staff, reviewing course requirements and syllabi, exploring graduate study, researching career options, tracking department events, and accessing important details related to undergraduate programs and activities. To reach the site, go to http://polisci.niu.edu

 

IMPORTANT DATES

September 29 - Midterm Review Sheets Distributed

October 6 - Midterm Examination

October 25 - Tentative "Movie and Pizza" Night

November 22 - Research paper is due at 11:00 a.m.

November 22 - Tentative "Movie and Pizza" Night

November 29 - Course Conclusion and Final Exam Review Sheets Distributed

December 6 - Final Examination

 

 

COURSE SCHEDULE AND READING ASSIGNMENTS

· Reading assignments are to be completed by the appropriate date before arriving at class.

 

Week 1

August 23

Course Introduction

- Subject matter

- Discussion of requirements, expectations, and policies

- Explanation of paper assignment

- Rosati, pp. 2-6 (stop after first paragraph)

 

August 25

The International Context of U.S. Foreign Policy Making in the Post-9/11 Era

Rosati, Chapter 3

 

Week 2

August 30

The Domestic Context of U.S. Foreign Policy-Making in the Post-9/11 Era

Rosati, "Collapse of the Cold War, September 11, & Politics in the Twenty-first Century," pp.10-13

Rosati, "Administration of George Bush, Jr." & "Bush Doctrine," pp. 38-41

Rosati, "Implications of the Sept. 11 Attacks & War on Terrorism," pp. 416-421

 

September 1

The President: Foreign Policy Roles, Opportunities, & Constraints

Rosati, Chapter 4

 

Week 3

September 6

The President and War Powers: The Peak of Executive Foreign Policy Influence?

Rosati, pp. 313 (bottom)-318

War Powers Act, go to: http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/warpower.htm

 

September 8

Case: The United States vs. Terrorism: Clinton, Bush and Osama Bin Laden

Carter, Chapter 3

 

Week 4

September 13

Presidential Advisers and the National Security Council

Rosati, Chapter 5

 

September 15

Case: The Return of the Imperial Presidency? The Bush Doctrine and U.S. Intervention in Iraq

Carter, Chapter 4

 

Week 5

September 20

The Foreign Policy Bureaucracy & the State Department

Begin Rosati, Chapter 6

The reading assignment focuses on the State Department, which we will begin discussing today and continue next class.

 

September 22

The State Department

Finish Rosati, Chapter 6

Week 6

September 27

Bureaucratic Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy Outcomes

Reading to be distributed or placed on library electronic reserve.

 

September 29

The Defense Department

Rosati, Chapter 7

Midterm review sheets will be distributed.

 

Week 7

October 4

Case: The Crusader Mobile Artillery System: Who Determines the Army's Needs?

Carter, Chapter 8

 

October 6

Midterm Examination

 

Week 8

October 11

Open Date: Graded midterm examinations will be returned. In effort to "cool down" from the midterm, we will also watch a foreign policy video and/or discuss the paper assignment in greater detail. No assigned readings today.

 

October 13

Interagency Processes and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy

Reading to be distributed or placed on library electronic reserve.

Week 9

October 18

The Intelligence Community

Rosati, pp. 197-217

 

October 20

The Central Intelligence Agency

Rosati, pp. 217-239

Week 10

October 25

Case: The Creation of the Department of Homeland Security

Carter, Chapter 6

Tentative Movie & Pizza Night: "Aldrich Ames: A Traitor Within"

This "likely" event will take place sometime after 6:00 p.m. in DuSable Hall. More details will be provided in class.

 

October 27

The Congress

Rosati, Chapter 11

 

Week 11

November 1

Case: Rejection of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: The Politics of Ratification

Carter, Chapter 7

 

November 3

Interest Groups and Nongovernmental Organizations

Rosati, Chapter 16

 

Week 12

November 8

Case: Sino-American Trade Relations: Privatizing Foreign Policy

Carter, Chapter 11

 

November 10

The News Media

Rosati, Chapter 17

 

Week 13

November 15

Public Opinion

Rosati, pp. 362-374 (top)

 

November 17

Case: Public Opinion and Bosnia: Anticipating Disaster

Chapter 1

 

Week 14

November 22

Open Date

We will use this date to catch up with material (if we are behind), view a foreign policy video, or cover a special topic of interest to the class. Readings may be assigned or distributed.

Papers are due today.

Tentative Movie & Pizza Night: "Thirteen Days"

This "likely" event will take place sometime after 6:00 p.m. in DuSable Hall. More details will be provided in class.

 

November 24

No Class - Thanksgiving Break

 

Week 15

November 29

Course Conclusion: Who Really Makes U.S. Foreign Policy?

Rosati, Chapter 10 and pp.532-536 (stop at the major subheading on this page)

Do not miss this class. It is a key session for the course and the final exam.

 

December 1

Finish Course Conclusion (if necessary) and Review for Final Examination

No reading assignment

Week 16

December 6: Final Examination: 10:00-11:50 a.m. in DU 252

 

GUIDELINES AND ASSISTANCE FOR RESEARCH PAPER ASSIGNMENT

Assignment: Evaluate an Actor's Relative Influence within the U.S. Foreign Policy Process

Do your own work: Please do not make the mistake of using or borrowing some or all of a student's paper from past years. Papers from previous years are on file. The course assistant will be checking work submitted this semester against work that was submitted in the past. Also do not waste your time or money buying a paper from a web site or another source. This assignment was designed especially for this particular course. To earn a good grade the guidelines (below) must be followed. A purchased paper will not meet these guidelines. The keys to success are start early, follow the directions, do careful work, and ask for help when you need it.

Select an appropriate topic: Choose a specific individual, group, organization, or country that has some impact on the contemporary U.S. foreign policy process. The selection cannot be a specific U.S. president, such as Bill Clinton or George W. Bush. It also cannot be a general subject covered in class, such as the State Department, Congress, or the new media. However, a smaller, more specific topic related to these actors or other class subjects could certainly be explored. Moreover, a paper topic does not have to be limited to the subjects addressed in class. There is a broad range of possibilities. The selected topic must simply be an actor that plays some legitimate role in the contemporary U.S. foreign policy process. "Legitimate" is defined as a legally or politically recognized domestic or international actor that is regularly involved in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. (Please no terrorist organizations, drug cartels, or other actors of this type.) "Contemporary" is defined as the post-cold war era, or 1993 to the present. The paper can encompass this entire time period or a simply a portion of it.

Topic suggestions: Here are some examples of possible paper topics. Use this list if it is helpful, but certainly do not be limited by it. Please feel free to discuss other ideas with the instructor.

Goal and substance of the paper: Descriptive, background information or history necessary to understand the actor under study may be included, but this type of information should not dominate the paper. Remember this is a political science paper concerned with the relative influence of an actor within the U.S. foreign policy process. First, an emphasis should be placed on the actor's formal and, if appropriate, informal roles, functions, or duties. What does he, she, or it do? Second, it should discuss the actor's interests, broadly defined. What does the actor care about? What motivates or drives the actor's foreign policy behavior? Third and most important, the paper must offer an evaluation of the actor's relative influence within the U.S. foreign policy process. In addressing this third point, consider issues like the following. Is the actor generally successful or unsuccessful? What are the actor's bargaining advantages and disadvantages, or strengths and weaknesses, when interacting with others within the U.S. foreign policy process? When does the actor win or lose? Why?

To make your analysis more effective and your topic more manageable, it may be helpful to tie your evaluation of relative influence to particular issue, points in time, other actors in the foreign policy process, certain events and relationships, or other pertinent factors. (I will discuss some strategies on the first day of class. Please feel free to ask me again later in the semester.) Whatever approach is taken be sure to present a reasoned argument based on logic, evidence, and examples rather than assertions of opinion.

Format and presentation: The final paper should be properly presented and assembled. Be sure it conforms to the following guidelines:

    1. Word-processed and double-spaced on white, unlined, 8.5'' x 11'' paper with 12 pt. font
    2. Stapled in upper left-hand corner with no fancy covers or binders
    3. Title page
    4. One-inch margins on all sides
    5. Page numbers
    6. Text begins at the very top of page one
    7. Meet the page minimum of seven pages and do not exceed 10 pages

Research and Documentation: The final paper should be carefully and properly documented.

    1. Do not engage in intentional or unintentional plagiarism (see "academic dishonesty" under "course policies and loose ends" above).
    2. Use a reasonable number of complete footnotes, parenthetical references, or endnotes to indicate sources, supporting evidence, interpretations, contrary analyses or views, as well as to give credit for quotations or paraphrases
    3. Use at least five different sources, as reflected in the endnotes or footnotes, not merely the bibliography. (More sources are preferable.) Course textbooks may be used, but these materials do not count toward the number of required sources unless it is a chapter that was not assigned during the semester.
    4. Avoid dependency or overuse of particular sources. Diversify sources and citations throughout the entire paper.
    5. Use a widely accepted form of citation, such as MLA, APA, APSR, or the Chicago Manual of Style. The specific form is your choice, but use it correctly.
    6. Use quality source material (e.g., books, scholarly journal articles, interviews, memoirs of decision-makers, speeches, government documents, etc.). Every paper should have some of these types of sources. The university library has a good government documents section and helpful staff on the second floor. Try to visit before 4:30 p.m. for the best assistance. The library also has access to a number of good databases (e.g., JSTOR, EBSCO, LexisNexis, etc.) that will allow you to search for journal articles thoroughly and efficiently. Do not be afraid to ask a librarian for assistance.
    7. Citations from newspapers and newsmagazines are acceptable, but they will not be counted toward the required number of sources. (Speak to the instructor if this is truly the only type of material that you can find on your subject.) Newspapers of record, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, or other good quality newspapers, such as the Christian Science Monitor, should be employed. Some high quality foreign newspapers also may be acceptable.
    8. Good quality sources of information from the World Wide Web are acceptable and will count toward the source minimum, but this information is it not an excuse for doing library research. Use Internet material in moderation and be sure it is well cited so that anyone could locate the same information.

Quality Writing and Structure: The final paper should be well written in formal English.

    1. Begin with a clear and coherent thesis statement or research question.
    2. Include a roadmap paragraph that explains how the paper will be organized and presented.
    3. Use subheadings and subsections to organize the paper.
    4. Have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Be sure the body addresses the key features of the assignment discussed under "goal and substance of paper" (above).
    5. Use a persuasive, analytical, third person voice. Avoid the use of me, my, I, we, our, you, and your.
    6. Avoid the use of contractions in formal papers, such as it's, don't, can't and weren't. Instead use it is, do not, cannot, and were not.
    7. Avoid spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and awkward sentences. Be sure verbs agree with their subjects and pronouns agree with their antecedents. Grammatical errors include split infinitives, cliches, improper or missing capitalization, improper use of apostrophes, confusing plural and possessive forms of words, double negatives, fluctuations in verb tense, and missing or improper punctuation.
    8. Use its and it's, affect and effect, and U.S. and United States properly. On the last point, write out United States when it is a noun and U.S. when it is an adjective.
    9. Carefully proofread the final paper before submitting it.

Writing Assistance: For writing assistance, please consult with the University’s Writing Center in one of the following ways.

    1. Drop by the Stevenson Towers South, Lower Level Tower B. During the regular semester, Writing Center hours are generally Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Be sure to call or check the center's web site to confirm the correct hours.
    2. Make an individual appointment by calling (815) 753-6636.
    3. Go to http://www.engl.niu.edu/writing_center/ and e-mail a draft for general feedback. There are also other online writing resources at this address.

Research and Substantive Assistance: Students are welcome to consult with the instructor as often as they wish about their paper's topic, source material, or substance. Please feel free to talk to me after class, visit office hours, ask brief questions over e-mail, or submit outlines and research design statements for feedback.

Submitting the Paper: Be sure to submit two copies of the final paper at the proper time on the posted due date. Keep a photocopy and computer disk copy of the paper. Students are responsible for supplying an additional copy should the instructor request it.

Paper Grades: The main criteria to be used in evaluating the paper will be the caliber of research, understanding of subject, quality of analysis, quality of writing and overall presentation, degree of independent thinking, and the use of evidence and reasoning to reach meaningful conclusions. It goes without saying that the paper must meet the stated goal of the assignment and the guidelines (discussed above).

INTERNET SOURCES ON U.S. FOREIGN POLICY MAKING

(For your own information and to assist in researching the required paper.)

Government

Central Intelligence Agency

http://www.odci.gov

International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

http://www.ita.doc.gov/

National Security Council

http://www.whitehouse.gov/nsc

U.S. Congress, House, Armed Services Committee

http://www.house.gov/hasc

U.S. Congress, House, International Relations Committee

http://www.house.gov/international_relations/

U.S. Congress, Senate, Armed Services Committee

http://www.senate.gov/~armed_services/

U.S. Congress, Senate, Foreign Relations Committee

http://www.senate.gov/~foreign/

U.S. Department of Defense

http://www.defenselink.mil/

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/

U.S. Department of State

http://www.state.gov/

U.S. Department of State: International Security

http://usinfo.state.gov/

U.S. Department of State: Policy (Prior to January 2001)

http://www.state.gov/www/policy.html

U.S. Department of Treasury - International

http://www.ustreas.gov/topics/international/index.html

U.S. Institute for Peace

http://www.usip.org

U.S. Intelligence Community

http://www.intelligence.gov

U.S. Mission to the United Nations

http://www.un.int/usa/

White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov

 

Private Sector

American Diplomacy

http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat

American Foreign Policy Council

http://www.afpc.org/

Brookings Institution: Foreign Policy Studies

http://www.brook.edu/fp/fp_hp.htm

Center for Defense Information

http://www.cdi.org/

Center for Strategic and International Studies

http://www.csis.org

Council on Foreign Relations

http://www.cfr.org

Foreign Policy Association

http://www.fpa.org/

Foreign Policy In Focus

http://www.fpif.org/

International Affairs.com

http://www.internationalaffairs.com

RAND: National Security Research Division

http://www.rand.org/organization/nsrd

U.S. Foreign Policy, University of Michigan Documents Center

http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/foreign.html

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources

http://www.etown.edu/vl/index.html

Yahoo Index to U.S. Foreign Policy

http://dir.yahoo.com/government/u_s__government/politics/foreign_policy/

News Sites

New York Times (Click on "Nation," "International" and "Washington")

http://www.nytimes.com

Washington Post (Click on

http://www.washingtonpost.com (Click on "Nation," "World" and "Politics." Under "Nation" also click on "National Security" for links to articles on intelligence, the military, etc.)

Foreign Affairs Careers in the U.S.

http://www.politixgroup.com/forusa.htm

There is also a great book, entitled Career in International Affairs, published by Georgetown University Press.