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GLB5440 Foreign Policy Decision Making: Home

Course Description

This course is to introduce foreign policy analysis as a well-defined sub-field of international relations. It aims to understand the processes by which state foreign policies are made, utilizing interdisciplinary insights to explain specific events and generate policy-relevant knowledge. It will introduce and highlight a variety of theories in foreign policy decision-making and their applicability in various issue areas and under different circumstances by doing a series of comparative case studies of major players in world politics. In doing so, it will explore various factors that may impede rational choice in foreign policy decision making and the possible ways that irrationality in foreign policy decision-making could be minimized.

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Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis

This book strives to explain war among states and related prescriptions for peace. The author explores works both by classic political philosophers, such as St. Augustine, Hobbes, Kant, and Rousseau, and by modern psychologists and anthropologists. The major chapters cover the topics of international conflict and human behavior as well as the behavioral sciences and the reduction of interstate violence, international conflict and the internal structure of states as well as international socialism and the coming of the First World War, and international conflict and international anarchy as well as examples from economics, politics, and history.

The Israel Lobby and U. S. Foreign Policy

The Israel lobby is a loose coalition of individuals and groups that seeks to influence American foreign policy in ways that will benefit Israel. This book focus primarily on the lobby’s influence on US foreign policy and its negative effect on American interests. The book addresses that the United States provides Israel with extraordinary material aid and diplomatic support, identifies the lobby’s different components and describes how this loose coalition has evolved, and describes the different strategies that groups in the lobby use in order to advance Israel’s interests in the United States as well as case studies of specific US foreign policies.

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