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Stephen Walt

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs

This module offers a critical examination of U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War.  It considers: 1) the nature of the U.S. foreign policy establishment,  2)  the U.S. decision to pursue an ambitious grand strategy of “liberal hegemony” during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations,  2) why that policy persisted despite repeated failures, 4) why the Trump administration’s efforts to alter this policy were unsuccessful, and 4) what the Biden administration should do now.  A central aim of the course is to broaden students’ understanding of recent U.S. foreign policy and encourage independent thinking about key foreign policy choices.