This research seminar will focus on the evolution of U.S. foreign policy abroad from a political science and public policy perspective. Students will integrate their internship experience with the research components of the UCDC program.The specific topics to be covered include geopolitical strategy, economic development, democratization, human rights, foreign aid, conflict resolution, etc. and will be analyzed through various case studies around the world. Given the dramatic shift in U.S. foreign policy in Africa over the past decade combined with China's current economic expansion in Africa, this course will also pay particular attention to multilateral relations, trade, technology, military strategy, and how such recent developments have shaped and influenced U.S. foreign policy abroad and particularly in Africa. Guest lectures from former congressman and global pioneer in U.S. foreign policy, Rep. Ronald Dellums, will complement class discussions. This is not a lecture course, therefore, students are expected to come prepared having read the materials and participate in discussion. This course will help students develop the methodological framework necessary to analyze the institutional versus the practical application of international policy as well as the strategy behind the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.
This course is taught by Menna Demessie and will meet on eight Mondays with two Friday morning or afternoon sessions.