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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.