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
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