U.S. Foreign Policy: Past, Present, and Future

Course Description

The course first puts U.S. foreign policy into theoretical and historical context. It examines the strategic and domestic environments that shape the creation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and then traces its evolution from the country’s founding up to the end of the Cold War. It then examines more closely contemporary U.S. foreign policy toward major countries and regions, including China and the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Europe and Russia. It also analyzes U.S. foreign policy in several issue areas, such as deterrence and the use of military force, economic statecraft, human rights, and the provision of global public goods.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the strategic and domestic contexts that shape the creation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy
  • Evaluate the premises that have driven past and present U.S. foreign policy behavior and determine whether they were valid or false
  • Apply theory and other analytical tools to understand and explain U.S. foreign policy in specific situations and contexts


The only prerequisite is a basic curiosity about U.S. foreign policy and international politics.


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Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 18, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 3:30P-6:20P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Richard Maher
Course Number: 10408