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Stephen Walt

Appointment
Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 367
617-495-5712
IGA-219

The United States is still the most powerful country in the world, yet its foreign policy over the past twenty-five years has produced disappointing results.  This course will consider why U.S. foreign policy often fails to achieve its stated objectives.  It will focus in particular on the implications of America’s favorable geopolitical position, the post-Cold War strategy of “liberal hegemony,” and the recurring pathologies of the U.S. foreign policy community.  A key goal of the course will be to identify and evaluate possible remedies to improve U.S. foreign policy performance.