INR 3102: Real Policy World
Course Description for Real Policy World
Real Policy World
Description: The course is designed to provide an in-depth study of todayâ€™s foreign policy challenges and the American policy-making process. Regarding the policy-making process, the course will cover: how government works, with a focus on the National Security Council; an overview of todayâ€™s foreign policy debate; how to write a paper and a memo to the president; and how to write an op-ed. Topics will include: the â€œwarsâ€ (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, terrorism, cyber), nonproliferation (nuclear issues, Iran, North Korea), Big emerging powers (China, India, Turkey, Brazil, South Africa), Africaâ€™s other key countries (Sudans, Congo, Nigeria, others), Environment (climate, water, food crisis), Trade, Illiberal democracies, the Middle East, including the Arab Spring/Winter and the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, and Latin America.