Political Science 1100, Introduction to American Politics, May 5, 2014


 

Current events

 

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Dealing with Other Countries

Tough Choices, Deep Roots, Lasting Consequences


1. Tough Choices any Nation's Leaders must make
 

A. Isolation Or Internationalism ?

 

B. Use Force Or Diplomacy To Settle Disputes ?

 

C. Act Alone or in Alliance?

 

D. What Are Other Nations Really Up To ?

 

E. What Costs Are Tolerable ?

 

F. How do foreign policy choices affect domestic politics?

 


2. Deep Roots:
     The Choice of the Past Affect Choice in the Present and Future
 
 

    1898: The Spanish-American War

            - The US took the Philippines, making it a power in Asia and a rival of Japan

 

    1941 War with Japan, Germany and Italy

 

        The U.S. a superpower after World War II

 

 

    1945-1989: Cold war with the Soviet Union, the world's other superpower

           

            The Truman Doctrine

            The War in Vietnam

                American presidents, trying to keep American involvement limited, got the US more deeply involved

 

    1989 - to the present: The Post-Cold War World

 

            9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq

 

     

 

3. Globalization

Goods and Services

 

 

Capital

 

 

Information

 

 

People: The Immigration Issue