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SIS Dean James Goldgeier and SIS Professor Robert Pastor with influential international relations scholar Joseph Nye.

Influential international relations scholar Joseph Nye here pictured with SIS Dean James Goldgeier and USFP Professor Robert Pastor. Photo by Jeff Watts.

Themes in US Foreign Policy

  • Executive branch foreign policy and national security policy
  • Intelligence community, including internal processes and coordination, executive and legislative branch oversight, reform, and civil liberties
  • Executive-legislative relations and the role of Congress and interest groups
  • The politics and processes of budgeting for national security
  • Decision-making theory and practice, including the roles of public opinion, media, senior officials, and bureaucracy
  • Constitutional and legal issues pertaining to U.S foreign policy
  • A wide range of substantive policy issues such as nonproliferation, arms control, the defense and foreign affairs budget, terrorism, transnational security issues, foreign trade, alliance policy, and the dangers posed by weak states
  • U.S. relations with specific countries and regions around the world, such as Iran, Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East
  • The historical evolution of U.S. foreign relations and its national security institutions
  • Foreign economic tools of statecraft, including trade, foreign aid, and economic sanctions

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