Fall 2018-2019 Syllabus


Assoc. Prof. Dr. F. Didem Ekinci


Extension: 1242



Aim: This course aims at introducing junior and senior PSI students to the theoretical perspectives, key concepts, trends and issue cases in foreign policy analysis. The course shall start with the historical evolution of foreign policy analysis and theoretical/conceptual approaches to be followed by sessions devoted to the examination of certain major actors’ foreign policies. By the end of the term, students are expected to become able to analyze key concepts, trends, deviations, developments and future prospects in the field.


Grading: There will be one midterm (40%), one presentation (20%) and a final exam (40%). Students are expected to act in accordance with university rules and regulations regarding in-class behavior, cheating, attendance, etc.


Weekly Course Schedule:


Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: History and evolution of foreign policy analysis as a sub-field

Week 3: Realism and foreign policy analysis

Week 4: Liberalism and foreign policy analysis

Week 5: Constructivism and foreign policy analysis

Week 6: Models in foreign policy analysis

Week 7: Case study: US decision-making during the Cuban missile crisis (Thirteen Days)

Week 8: MIDTERM EXAM (not fixed)

Week 9: British foreign policy

Week 10: French foreign policy

Week 11: Soviet/Russian foreign policy


Week 13: Chinese foreign policy

Week 14: The role of media and public opinion in foreign policy-making & Review


Course Material:


-Marijke Breuning, Foreign Policy Analysis: A Comparative Introduction (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

-Ryan Beasley, Juliet Kaarbo, Jeffrey Lantis and Michael Snarr (eds), Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective: Domestic and International Influences on State Behavior (Washington: CQ Press, 2002).

-Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield and Timothy Dunne (eds.), Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).



Recommended Reading:


-Diogo Morreria, “Transnational Foreign Policy: Actors, Institutions, and Norms,” Portuguese Journal of Social Science, 4(3), 2005, 123-144.

-Tom Conley, “Issues in Australian Foreign Policy: July to December 2004,” Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51(2), 2005, 257-273.

-Jonathan W. Keller, “Leadership Style, Regime Type, and Foreign Policy Crisis Behaviour: A Contingent Monadic Principle?,” International Studies Quarterly, 49, 2005, 205-231.

-Laura Neack, The New Foreign Policy: US and Comparative Foreign Policy in the 21st Century (New York: New Millennium Books, 2002) [CHAPTER 5: “Conclusion: A Nested Game with Many Players”].

-Pierce Robinson, “The CNN Effect: Can the News Media Drive Foreign Policy?,” Review of International Studies, 25, 1999, 301-309.

-Graham Allison and Philip Zelikow, Essence of Decision (New York: Longman, 1971) [“CHAPTER 1: Model I: The Rational Actor”].