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U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump - JMM693
Anglický název: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2018
Semestr: letní
Body: 5
E-Kredity: 5
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 48 / neurčen (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina, čeština
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: Steven Kashkett
Vyučující: Steven Kashkett
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Steven Kashkett (15.01.2019)
This course will explore the role of the United States as a global superpower with particular emphasis on the changes that have occurred since the election of President Donald Trump. Although there have always been policy shifts when the U.S. presidency has switched between Democratic and Republican administrations, many of the basic themes of U.S. foreign policy had previously remained largely constant throughout the post-World War II period… until the 2016 election. Using mostly contemporary readings from newspapers, journals, and think-tank publications, students will analyze the current evolution in U.S. positions on key issues such as trade, nuclear weapons, counterterrorism, immigration, human rights, and global climate change. We will also focus on radical shifts in the Trump administration’s approach to certain regions of the world, notably Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Considering the highly contemporary and topical nature of the subject matter, students should read broadly from both recommended readings and other relevant current sources that they identify themselves. All recommended reading materials will be available online.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Steven Kashkett (15.01.2019)

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

- Articulate the post-War historical trends in U.S. foreign policy towards key issues and region.

- Analyze the impact of the changes brought by the Trump Administration on the U.S. position as global leader.

- Draw informed conclusions regarding the short-term and potential long-term outcomes of those changes.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Steven Kashkett (15.01.2019)
Attendance and class participation (40%):  Students will be expected to attend all classes, to demonstrate a positive, respectful attitude, to show evidence of having completed relevant readings for each class, and to participate fully in discussions.
 
Oral presentation (30%):  Each student, in discussion/consultation with the instructor, will select either a regional U.S. foreign policy theme or a specific U.S. foreign policy issue area for an oral presentation.  Students will then research their respective subjects and deliver a 10-12 minute individual oral presentation to the class outlining the traditional U.S. policies in that area as well as the changes that have occurred under the present administration.  Two individual presentations will be made at the beginning of each class, starting with the fourth week.  Grade will be based on clarity/poise/articulateness, specificity, critical analysis, and ability to respond to substantive questions from the instructor and fellow students.
 
Final paper (30%):  Each student will identify and propose a specific case study, which must be approved by the instructor, on a U.S. foreign policy decision under the Trump administration that represents a significant departure from previous U.S. policy.  Drawing on research and readings from topical materials as well as from classroom discussions, the student will draft a 10-page paper setting forth the two alternative policies and making a qualitative argument regarding the pros/cons of each.  Papers should be submitted before the final day of class.  Grade will be based on timely submission, clarity, critical reasoning, and quality of judgment/conclusions.
Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Steven Kashkett (15.01.2019)
Week 1 - Introduction to the course:  Review of course syllabus.  Discussion of the basic themes of traditional U.S. foreign policy – security, containment of Russia, counterterrorism, support for Middle East peace process, human rights, democracy, promotion of free trade, environment, respect for rule of law.  Reflections on U.S. relationship with the world during previous administrations.  What are the core assumptions underlying the Trump “America First” approach to the world?
 
Week 2 - U.S. foreign policy towards Europe:  Discussion of changes in the U.S. administration’s approach to Europe, including questions regarding commitment to NATO, attitude towards Russia, trade with EU, Brexit, central European energy issues.  Impact of U.S. import tariffs and interpersonal tensions between U.S. president and European leaders.
 
Week 3 - U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East:  Discussion of changes in the U.S. administration’s handling of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Syrian civil war, Saudi Arabia, Iran.  Particular focus on the impact of U.S. withdrawal from Iran nuclear accord and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
 
Week 4 - U.S. foreign policy towards Asia:   Discussion of changes in the U.S. approach to North Korea and China, with particular emphasis on Trump’s overtures to North Korea, summit meeting with Kim Jong-Un, and challenges to Chinese economic practices.
 
Week 5 - U.S. policies on international security:   Discussion of changes in the U.S. administration’s attitude towards the use of military force abroad and its positions on nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons control, and chemical/biological weapons.  Impact of threats to withdraw from international treaties. 
 
Week 6 - Counterterrorism:   Discussion of the U.S approach to the fight against international terrorism, particular Islam-based terrorism, under the current administration.  Impact of Trump’s policy decisions and public statements on international cooperation against terrorism and the war in Afghanistan.
 
Week 7 - Human rights and democracy promotion:  Discussion of the shift in U.S. values regarding human rights, civil liberties, the rule of law, and the promotion of democracy around the world.  Impact of Trump’s public statements dissociating foreign policy from human rights concerns, praise for authoritarian regimes, and support for the use of torture.
 
Week 8 - Immigration:   Discussion of changes in the U.S. position regarding the migrant crisis in Europe/Middle East as well as the Trump administration’s conflict with Mexico over immigration and border control.  Impact of a less welcoming United States to asylum seekers and the U.S. withdrawal from the Global Compact on Migration.
 
Week 9 - Free trade:   Discussion of the current U.S. administration’s criticism of free trade and allegations of unfair practices by other countries.   Impact of the implementation of import tariffs and demands to renegotiate free trade agreements.
 
Week 10 - United Nations and multilateral diplomacy:   Discussion of changes in the U.S. approach to the United Nations and other multinational organizations.  Impact of the U.S. decision to withdraw from UNESCO and the U.N. Human Rights Council.
 
Week 11 - Global climate change:  Discussion of the dramatic shift in the U.S. administration’s policy towards environmental concerns, including the denial of global climate change and the reluctance to enforce strict laws limiting greenhouse gases and industrial pollution.  Impact of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
 
Week 12 - Foreign perceptions of U.S. leadership under Trump:   Discussion of the differences in the way the U.S. government is viewed from abroad and the changing image of the U.S. as a superpower and as a leader of the democratic world, as a result of the current foreign policy decisions.  Impact of these perceptions on strategic alliances and on willingness to follow U.S. diplomatic initiatives.
 
Week 13 - Conclusion of the course:  Discussion of the potential long-term effects of the changes in U.S. foreign policy under the Trump administration.  In each region and issue area, will these shifts result in a permanent realignment of the U.S. position, or will U.S. traditional foreign policy return under future administrations?      
 
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