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he American presidency has accumulated a number of traditions that anyone holding the office is expected to perpetuate. Examples include delivering the State of the Union address to Congress, lighting the national Christmas tree, and presiding over the Israeli–Palestinian peace process. The next president will no doubt continue all three. If he or she follows the pattern established by the most recent incumbents, however, the result of the peace process will be failure. Indeed, the continuation of the peace process as it has been practiced will not simply be futile: It will be positively harmful. The conduct of the peace process has made peace less likely. If it is to continue at all, a fundamental change in the American approach is needed
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/does-the-middle-east-still-matter-the-obama-doctrine-and-u.s.-policy - Mandelbaum presentation at 39:22
December 18, 2014
During the final fifteen years of the Cold War, southern Africa underwent a period of upheaval, with dramatic twists and turns in relations between the superpowers. Americans, Cubans, Soviets, and Africans fought over the future of Angola, where tens of thousands of Cuban soldiers were stationed, and over the decolonization of Namibia, Africa's last colony. Beyond lay the great prize: South Africa. Piero Gleijeses uses archival sources, particularly from the United States, South Africa, and the closed Cuban archives, to provide an unprecedented international history of this important theater of the late Cold War.
These sources all point to one conclusion: by humiliating the United States and defying the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro changed the course of history in southern Africa. It was Cuba's victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. In the words of Nelson Mandela, the Cubans "destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor . . . [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa."
Congress and Foreign Policy taught by Professor Charles Stevenson
MODERATOR - Professor Charles Stevenson
Adam Sharon, Managing Director, Prime Strategies
Adam Sharon is the Managing Director of Prime Strategies in Washington, D.C. He is a premier communicator and media strategist specializing in the intersection of public affairs, foreign policy, U.S. Politics, and Capitol Hill.
Adam possesses the unique experience of having worked as the senior-most communicator for foreign affairs in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, having served as the Communications Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), and on the House Foreign Affairs Committee under former Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY).
Since 2012, Adam was engaged in every major foreign policy issue before the Congress, to include Iran sanctions legislation, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Syria, and the reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. He has worked closely on these and other issues with Democratic and Republican offices on Capitol Hill, as well as with the Administration, international organizations, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and think tank community.
In this capacity, he devised media strategies and approaches to these complex issues, working closely with leading reporters, producers, and opinion shapers. He has helped author Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor appearing in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other leading publications.
Adam began his career on Capitol Hill working for U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) and served as the Communications Director on his 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate in Florida. He served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA).
He has also worked in the private sector on a proposed telecommunications merger between two leading wireless providers and contributed to the focus groups, national polling, research, creative content, advertising, war room rapid reaction, grass-roots and grass-tops mobilization during this campaign.
Originally from Toronto, he received his M.A. in International Affairs and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. from McGill University where he graduated with distinction. Adam is an adjunct professor at American University.
Daniel McCartney, Senior Congressional Advisor for State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Daniel is the senior congressional advisor for the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). In this capacity, he leads and coordinates the Department’s engagement with the Congress on an array of refugee and human rights issues, including work recently on funding and protecting refugee admissions and resettlement into the United States and Secretary Kerry’s recent Da’esh genocide determination. Previously, he was the senior congressional advisor for public diplomacy and public affairs, where he developed and implemented the Department’s congressional strategies for the funding and authorization of public diplomacy and strategic communications programs, including the first interagency center established to counter-Da’esh messaging. In his first role at State, he negotiated a number of public diplomacy agreements with foreign countries, including establishing one of the first training programs in the United States for North Korean defectors.
David Bonine, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director - Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Mr. Bonine is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), overseeing the Senator’s legislative agenda and managing the legislative policy staff. Prior to joining Senator Murphy’s office in 2013, Mr. Bonine served as Legislative Director for Senator Jim Webb (D-VA). He has previously worked as a professional staff member in the Military Construction Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and as foreign policy Legislative Assistant for Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). Before working in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Bonine served as a desk officer in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the State Department’s East Asia and Pacific Bureau, covering macroeconomic and trade policy developments in the U.S.-China relationship. He joined the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow in September 2001, first serving in the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General, where he conducted management inspections of U.S. embassies and consulates in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Bonine received an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Mr. Bonine is from Boise, Idaho, and received his B.A. in History and English from the College of Idaho.
Jason Bruder, Chief of Staff David Thorne, Senior Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry
Jason Bruder is currently Chief of Staff to David Thorne Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Kerry. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Bruder has provided strategic and political counsel to the Senior Advisor to increase the State Department capacity for, and commitment to, economic diplomacy. He has also developed, coordinated, and managed public-private partnerships with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the business community and coordinated initiatives between different branches of the department and other government agencies. From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Bruder was served on the Staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he advised three Chairmen (Senators Biden, Kerry, and Menendez) on Europe, Russia, and the independent states of the Former Soviet Union. As a Senior Staff member he drafted foreign policy analysis, remarks, speeches, articles, and legislation. He regularly briefed the Chairman and other Senators on the committee, met with European leaders and organized congressional hearings, and high-level briefings. Between 2011-2013, Mr. Bruder taught a graduate seminar at Georgetown University on the history and dynamics of the Russian-Chinese bilateral relationship. Mr. Bruder was a Presidential Management Fellow and worked briefly on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. From 1999 to 2000 he worked on Haiti and Latin American issues before the Security Council for Permanent Representative to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. As a Foreign Service Officer he served as a U.S. diplomat in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Moscow in the Russian Federation. He also worked on U.S. relations with Iran and Turkey at the State Department in Washington. Mr. Bruder earned his BA at Syracuse University and his MA in International Economics and European Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
He speaks French and is conversant in Russian and Spanish.
Leigh Anne DeWine
Leigh Anne is an attorney and foreign policy professional who has worked for international organizations, NGOs, and the U.S. government. Her work has focused primarily on foreign policy, international law and human rights. She spent six years serving as a Senior Congressional Advisor for the State Department's Bureau of Legislative Affairs, where she was responsible for all of the Department's interactions with Congress on human rights, refugees, humanitarian assistance and human trafficking. She now serves as a Senior Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School and her M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.
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The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to do original research and work on their writing skills. Following several introductory sessions, students will define a topic and write a substantial paper for completion by the end of the semester. Papers will typically be based on primary sources, including declassified State Department and other government documents, speeches, memoirs, and periodicals. For AFP concentrators, the paper should be 40-60 pages in length, and when completed will serve to fulfill the area capstone requirement. Non-AFP concentrators are welcome and will write papers of 25-40 pages in length. Students will meet a series of deadlines set out below, allowing them to finish the paper by the end of the semester.
The United States is the most powerful, the most important and the most controversial country in the world. Its foreign policies have a major impact on every region of the planet and every significant international issue, from nuclear nonproliferation to world trade to global warming. Studying the history of American foreign policy, the processes by which that policy is made and the range of issues with which the country deals therefore provides a useful perspective on international relations as a whole as well as an understanding of the role of the United States in the international system. While the SAIS American Foreign Policy concentration has a strong focus on history, the discipline does face some interesting challenges in the modern world:
The American Interest
The American Foreign Policy Program prepares students to understand the history (particularly from the Spanish-American War to the present), culture (ideas, premises and perspectives), process and politics of America’s foreign relations and contemporary issues of American foreign policy.
The American Foreign Policy Program regularly sponsors discussions of recently published books written by faculty.
Small stipends are available for AFP-related research, at the director's discretion.
The American Foreign Policy Program sponsors annual visits to the US Congress and the US Department of State.
The American Foreign Policy Program offers its students the opportunity to take part in international study trips, contingent on available funding. In academic years 2010-11, AFP sent students on a study trip to China.
American Foreign Policy Program Learning Goals and Objectives
Entering Class 2016-2017
MA students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.
MA students concentrating in American Foreign Policy (AFP) must take at least 5 courses within the field. One of the five can include the core course, SA.100.720 American Foreign Policy Since World War II, if taken for credit. Students may also count the spring 16, two-credit course, SA.200.767 International Crisis Diplomacy, as one of the 5 courses.
Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
· Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
· International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
· International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
Students must receive a 2.67 average in the 4 required economics courses or they must retake a course(s) until a 2.67 average is obtained. If any of the 4 courses are achieved by passing a waiver exam or during Pre-Term, the student must substitute an economics elective course(s) in place of the waived course(s) in order to fulfill the economics requirement above. In this case, SAIS will use the highest economics program elective course grade(s) to compute this average if a student is replacing one or more of the 4 required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory.
Students must complete one course from the list below.
· Statistical Methods for Business & Economics
· Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
· Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Risk Analysis and Modeling
· Quantitative Global Economics (prerequisite International Monetary Theory)
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
All students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses. American Foreign Policy concentrators must pass American Foreign Policy Since World War II as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
· American Foreign Policy Since World War II
· Comparative Politics (old name Comparative National Systems)
· Evolution of the International Systems
· Theories of International Relations
MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at the school. Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering the school, even if not using English for proficiency.
American Foreign Policy concentrators must produce a major research paper on an AFP subject. This must be approved by the director or acting associate director of the American Foreign Policy Program. This requirement is fulfilled by one of the following:
American Foreign Policy Minor Requirements: (as of AY16/17)
General Minor Requirements:
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This class is taught jointly for SAIS students and APSA Congressional Fellows. In addition to the regular class sessions, there will be a series of brownbag talks with special guests at 1230 on Wednesday during September and October. SAIS students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend these sessions.
This class examines the way Congress functions, and the interactions of politics, processes, and personalities. We draw upon scholarly works, case studies, guest speakers, and role-playing exercises. After studying the Constitutional authorities for legislative action and the general organization of Congress, we place special focus on the congressional role in foreign policy, trade, defense, and intelligence.
Course Requirements: There will be several short papers [see page 9 for details], role-playing exercises, and opportunities for short presentations. In addition, SAIS students must choose -- either to write a research paper of about 5,000 words [20 pages double-spaced] on an approved topic, or to sit for a half-hour oral exam soon after the final class. Students also need to follow a Senate or House campaign.
This course analyzes the US response to crises in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East during the Cold War and beyond. It explores the continuities – and discontinuities – in the policies of different presidents, the role of covert operations, the relevance of domestic politics, and the motivations of US policy. It also assesses the costs and benefits of US policy for people living in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. It provides a window on the Cold War, and it brings the analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the present day. Finally, this course places US policy in its global context. The grade for this course will be based on an optional mid-term and a required final exam. The one hour optional mid-term will be given outside of class time and will consist of two essay questions based on the readings and the class discussion. You must answer one of these questions. For those who take it, the mid-term will count 1/3 of the grade. The three hour final exam will consist of three essay questions based on the readings and the class discussion. You must answer two of these questions.
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