5.4 – U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century

There are no required readings for today’s class. In the first section, we will discuss U.S. foreign policy in the early 21st century. In the second section, we will discuss some of the main themes in American politics and economic issues in the early twenty first century, with particular attention to the parallels and differences between the presidencies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. We will also prepare for the final exam.

Optional articles on U.S. foreign policy:

History.com, “The 9/11 Attacks”

Jonathan Yardley, “The 9/11 Hijackers”

Charles Krauthammer, “The War on Terror has been a success” (2011)

David C. Gombert, “The Iraq War: Bush’s Biggest Blunder”

Susan Page, “Grim Assessment of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan” (2014)

Carter Malkasian, “Book Review: ‘Why we Lost’” (2015) (another review)

Robert Kagan, “Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire” (2014)

Elbridge Colby, “Have We Reached Peak America?” (2014)

Immanuel Wallerstein, “The Consequences of U.S. Decline” (2013)

Dave Lindorff, “The American Empire is in Decline” (2014)

Tom Switzer, “Superpowers Don’t Retire, but Robert Kagan should” (2014)

Ely Ratner, “How the United States can Counter Russia and China” (2014)

Alfred McCoy, “The Decline and Fall of the American Empire,” CBS News, (December 2010)

Howard French, “China’s Dangerous Game” (2014)

Iwan Morgan, “Is the U.S. in Relative Decline? Sadly, the Answer is Yes,” History News Network, (February 2012)

Ely Ratner and Thomas Wright, “America’s Not in Decline — It’s On the Rise,”Washington Post, (October 2013)

Rob Asghar, “America in Decline? That’s Still Just a Myth,” Forbes, (July 2013)



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