Course Description

470.668 - The Politics and Process of American Foreign Policy

Overuse is not the only problem with the maxim that American "politics stop at the water's edge." The slogan has simply never been true. American foreign policy has always been a result not just of the crises and opportunities the nation has faced but its unique politics and policy processes. American national interests are determined through the democratic processes established by the Constitution and other legislation and affected by the politics that drive the nation's elections, its conversations and its foreign policies. These politics and processes have been remarkably consistent since the founding even as the nation's interests have grown significantly. A better understanding of both the politics and processes of American foreign policy will help students appreciate how the country's policies are made today and will be made in the future.