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21 st Century American Foreign Policy. Dr. Bruce W. Jentleson. “Commencement” Lecture . I. The Making of US Foreign Policy II. Utility of the 4 Ps Framework III. Key Issue Areas IV. Our 21 st Century World. I. The Making of US Foreign Policy . “Water’s Edge” Myth

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21 st century american foreign policy

21st Century American Foreign Policy

Dr. Bruce W. Jentleson


Commencement lecture

“Commencement” Lecture

  • I. The Making of US Foreign Policy

  • II. Utility of the 4 Ps Framework

  • III. Key Issue Areas

  • IV. Our 21st Century World


I the making of us foreign policy

I. The Making of US Foreign Policy

  • “Water’s Edge” Myth

    • Domestic political consensus more the historical exception than rule

    • Consensus not always a good thing

    • Political conflict over foreign policy not always a bad thing

  • The Constitution and “Pennsylvania Avenue” diplomacy

    • Politics, of course, but also structural: “invitation to struggle,” separation of powers

  • Democracy and interest groups, media, public opinion


  • Ii utility of the 4 ps framework

    II. Utility of the 4 PS Framework

    • “National interest” as not as straightforward as often claimed

    • Components: Power, Peace, Prosperity, Principles

    • Analytic utility: help understand choices and priorities, why what was done was done

      • Complementarity (great but infrequent)

      • Trade-offs (choices, more frequent)

      • Dissensus: major debates

    • Prescriptive utility: help decide what should be done

      • Peer Assessment #2


    Foreign policy strategy typology

    Foreign Policy Strategy Typology


    Iii key issue areas

    III. Key Issue Areas

    • Asia’s Rising Strategic Importance: China and the Asia-Pacific Region

    • Middle East: Old and New Challenges --- War, Peace, Terrorism, Democracy

    • Europe Old Friend, Russia Old Adversary: Transition to 21st Century Relations

    • Latin America, Canada: History, Current Agenda

    • Africa: Persisting Old Issues, Pressing New Ones


    Iv our 21 st century world

    IV. Our 21st Century World

    • What’s the world like in which the US (and every other nation-state) is pursuing its foreign policy?

    • An age of huge historical transformations:

      • End of the Cold War

      • Globalization

      • 9/11

      • Information revolution, Technology

    • An “astronomical” approach:


    21 st century american foreign policy

    The Ptolemaic

    Universe


    21 st century american foreign policy

    The Copernican Universe


    Thank you

    THANK YOU!

    • “Community of learning”

    • Lessons for politics

    • My thanks to you

    • @BWJ777

    • “COMMENCEMENT”


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