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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

GOVT 85.22 Techniques of Statecraft

At the beginning of her book on statecraft, Margaret Thatcher describes foreign and security policy as “much more than the two opposing poles of war and peace.  It concerns the whole range of risks and opportunities which the far-sighted statesman must appreciate and evaluate in the conduct of his craft.”  State behavior is complex, and leaders rarely enjoy obvious policy decisions.  However, much of the scholarly attention devoted to the study of international relations ignores this uncertainty, concentrating instead on responses to easily discernible markers of power.  While this parsimony is appreciated, a simple view of the process omits the politics behind foreign policy and the universe of possible options available to decision makers.  This class provides a contrasting view by concentrating on the techniques of statecraft.  We will examine the varied tools at the disposal of statesmen and stateswomen, and dissect the pros and cons of military, economic, and diplomatic statecraft across a variety of foreign policy decisions.  Coursework will combine research on grand strategy, statecraft, foreign policy analysis, and decision making with in-depth case histories and in-class exercises.  (NOTE:  “GOVT. 59: Foreign Policy Decision Making” is recommended as a prerequisite.)

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:INT or SOC

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Not offered in AY 2017-2018. May be offered in AY 2018-2019.