United States Foreign Policy - Pol S 358
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Staff Statements Link
Here are the 9-11 Commission Staff Statements you should read (the syllabus link is down):
Private Contractors and US Foreign Policy
The NYT has this story on DynCorp employees guarding Afghan President Kharzi under a contract arranged by the US government. The broader issue of private contractors is raised by Peter W. Singer at the Brookings Institution. I will discuss this on Tuesday.
Answers to Test #1
The correct answers to the 5 Oct. test are in bold-face on this pdf copy of the test.
Sec. Powell declared violence in the Darfur region of Sudan to constitute genocide under international treaty law in his statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For a good explanation of what "genocide" means and why this determination is important, see this BBC analysis.
Intelligence "Reform" Issues
We will discuss this across the semester, but the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Pat Roberts, has proposed radical changes to the US intelligence agencies. The New York Times has this story about Roberts' views.
Foreign Policy in the Campaign
Diplomatic History Links
Yale University maintains a collection of documents on US foreign policy and early political history. This site is useful for looking up early treaties. The Library of Congress has a brief exhibit on US-UK relations. In the reference section of Parks library, you can read the Encyclopedia of US Foreign Relations (E183.7 E53)
The Cold War International History Project collects documents— especially those from the former Soviet Union and Soviet allies — on the origins and course of the Cold War. The National Security Archive, a non-governmental group, collects US documents through Freedom of Information Act requests.
Maps of US Territorial Expansion
I will refer to some of these in lectures on 26 & 31 Aug.