The principle objective of this course is to investigate the US foreign policy making process and debate the best foreign policies that the US should adopt. Throughout the semester you will be encouraged to analyze and discuss the theories, concepts, terms and perspectives that are explicitly and implicitly contained within past and present US foreign policies. To accomplish this goal we will focus on learning how policy is made and implemented. This will require us to study the various influences that affect the foreign policy-making process and the means used to enact the decisions made through it. Whilst the former will involve institutions like the Presidency, Congress, the Departments of State and Defense and factors such as public opinion, the former will include those of the US military, intelligence community and diplomatic corp.
Stephen Hill graduated with a PhD in political science from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1999. He has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2002. He currently teaches courses in `Introduction to World Politics', `International Conflict', `International Relations Theory' and `US National Security Policy'. He principally researches in the areas of UN peacekeeping, civil conflict resolution and paramilitary policing. His most recent book is `UN Disarmament Processes in Intra-State Conflict', Palgrave/Macmillan, 2005. He has also published articles in the journals, Contemporary Security Policy, Civil Wars, Democracy and Security and Social Justice.