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American Foreign Policy In Light of International Relations (IR) Theory (Video Conference from UMass to Braintree and Hingham)  

Focusing on American foreign policy since the Second World War, this seminar considers several phases of post-war policy. First, the shift in policy from Roosevelt to Truman. Second, the policies pursued by Eisenhower. Third, the decades until the end of the Cold War and, finally, the policies of the Trump presidency. Each period is examined in terms of the two major international relations theories: realist and liberal or idealist. What do these theories explain about American foreign policy? To what extent did these approaches to the study of IR influence policy makers? Throughout this seminar, emphasis is placed on controversies embedded in each phase of American foreign policy.


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