Fall 2010

Ideas and American Foreign Policy 

Listed in: History, as HIST-86


Andrew J. Bacevich (Section 01)


[US] This course examines not policy as such but the ideas underpinning U.S. foreign policy and informing the foreign policy debate. Some (affirming) ideas inspire or explain or justify actually existing policy. Other (dissenting) ideas call into question or challenge government actions or priorities while advancing alternatives. The course takes a chronological approach. It begins with the founding of Anglo-America and concludes with the period since 9/11. Students will write a research paper of at least 20 pages. One class meeting per week. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. McCloy Professor Bacevich.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to seniors and then juniors.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2010