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Reading Notes 9: Rose “What Obama Got Right” & Stephens “What Obama Got Wrong”

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The readings for this set of reading notes are two analytical response articles done to assess President Obama’s performance in foreign policy. The Rose article asserts that President Obama has successfully handled foreign policy during his time as president, and that he has left the world in a better situation than it was when he inherited … Continue reading Reading Notes 9: Rose “What Obama Got Right” & Stephens “What Obama Got Wrong”

Week 5 Reading Notes: Lantis Ch4, Sec. 1

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Key Government Institutions: The President, Congress, and the Courts The US Constitution as an invitation to struggle: The Constitution has some key principles of foreign policy clearly outlined: Centralized gov’t: Only the Federal government can make foreign policy Separation of powers: 3 branches of gov’t have distinct powers and functions Checks-and-balances: moderates and constrains actions … Continue reading Week 5 Reading Notes: Lantis Ch4, Sec. 1

Week 4 Reading Notes: Trubowitz Ch 2

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Trubowitz Ch 2: Grand Strategy’s Microfoundations: “Grand Strategy refers to the purposeful use of military, diplomatic, and economic tools of statecraft to achieve desired ends… national security, power, wealth… national honor, prestige, or profit” (Trubowitz, Ch 2). Grand Strategy can also be used to preserve executive power domestically. Politically-minded leaders will be keenly aware of … Continue reading Week 4 Reading Notes: Trubowitz Ch 2

Week 3 Reading Notes: Lantis, Ch 8

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Grand Strategy: What is it? “…the process by which states determine their vital interests (ends) and how resources (means) should be used to achieve those goals” (Lantis, p244). Grand Strategies combine power and beliefs to pursue intended results. Public articulation of values and intended methods is used to provide information and creates further discourse in … Continue reading Week 3 Reading Notes: Lantis, Ch 8

Week 1 Reading Notes: Trubowitz Ch. 1 (p1-8), Lantis Ch. 1

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Trubowitz Ch. 1 (p1-8): Domestic politics and geopolitical goals are often at odds with one another, and also come with trade-offs between pursuing different strategies. The cross-pressures of each factor deeply affect the policy choices available to executive leaders. Grand Strategy: “the purposeful and planned use of military, economic, and diplomatic means by states to … Continue reading Week 1 Reading Notes: Trubowitz Ch. 1 (p1-8), Lantis Ch. 1