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Program Themes | U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security

Themes of USFP

  • Executive branch foreign policy and national security policy decision-making, management, and organizational coordination;
  • Defense budgetary process and weapons acquisition process;
  • Intelligence community, including internal processes and coordination, consumer-producer relations, executive and legislative branch oversight, reform, and civil liberties
  • Executive-legislative relations and the role of Congress and interest groups in defense and foreign policy processes
  • Decision-making theory and practice, including the roles of public opinion, media, senior officials, and bureaucracy
  • Constitutional and legal issues pertaining to U.S foreign policy
  • Historical evolution of U.S foreign policy since 1789
  • U.S relations with various countries, regions, and nonstate actors, as well as internal conditions within countries and cultures affecting U.S foreign policy
  • Substantive foreign policy issues, including international economic forces, the spread of democracy, foreign aid, immigration, illicit narcotics, and environment, access to energy sources, and human rights
  • Substantive security issues, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, arms control, terrorism, alliance policy, cooperative security, and U.S force posture
  • Practical experience through course writing assignments such as memoranda and exercises such as simulations, internships, and practicum. Students are given numerous opportunities to acquire the skills necessary for a successful professional career. Learn more about our Capstone Practicum here.