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Cornell University    
  Jan 20, 2018
Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AMST 1145 - FWS: U.S. Foreign Policy Today: Perceptions and Practice

Fall. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

S. Maxey.

What role should the U.S. play in the world? Can national security include humanitarian efforts, environmental protection, and foreign aid? This course focuses on current events to provide an overview of the U.S. foreign policy toolkit, including: war, humanitarian intervention, foreign aid, and diplomacy. We will examine the effectiveness of these strategies, as well as related media coverage, popular culture, and public opinion. Readings combine academic sources with film clips, news and policy reports, presidential speeches, memoirs, and journalistic accounts such as Samantha Power’s A Problem from Hell. Writing assignments are designed to help students develop strong arguments and the skills necessary for professional writing. The assignments include policy memos, letters to the editor, and a research paper evaluating a contemporary crisis.

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