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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