Spring 2011

United States Foreign Policy: Democracy and Human Rights

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-82

Faculty

Jon W. Western (Section 01)

Description

[IR, AP] 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, and Afghanistan. Previous course work relating to international relations, American politics or foreign policy, or political theory required. This course fulfills the requirement for advanced seminar in Political Science.

Admission with consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Five College Professor Western.

Offerings

2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Spring 2011, Fall 2012