Five College Consortium

U.S. Foreign Policy

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Critical Social Inquiry

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Hampshire College
Is the United States committed to promoting democracy and human rights abroad or just advancing its own strategic and domestic corporate interests? What influence does the United States have on the development of democracy around the world and the emergence of--and compliance with--international human rights conventions, protocols and laws? This seminar begins with an historical overview of American democracy and human rights rhetoric and policies and seeks to uncover the range of political, economic, cultural and geostrategic motivations underlying U.S. behavior. We will then examine American foreign policy responses to a broad range of contemporary human rights and democracy issues with special attention given to analyzing and comparing the post-Cold War state-building efforts in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the broader Middle East.

Writing and Research Independent Work

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

U.S. Foreign Policy
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Jon Western

12:30PM-03:20PM T

Franklin Patterson Hall WLH