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America First? The Trump Era and the Future of World Politics
/ PSCI 127
“America First” was a slogan and a perspective on foreign policy adopted by isolationists like Charles Lindberg in the 1930’s. In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and the Second World War, a strong bipartisan consensus emerged around the principles of liberal international internationalism and “America First” perspectives were marginalized in American politics. However, with the election of Donald Trump, the American presidency is now in the hands of someone who proudly claims the America first mantle. This course provides a historical and theoretical context for understanding what is unique about President Trump’s approach to American foreign policy in the 21st century. Particular attention will be devoted to the contrast between the views of Trump and those of the American foreign policy establishment over issues such as NATO, nuclear proliferation, Russia, immigration, terrorism, free trade, and conflicts in the Middle East.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
two analytical essays, short response papers, and final group project
potential political science majors and leadership studies concentrators (foreign policy track)
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI International Relations Courses