Fall 2020-2021 // Assoc. Prof. Dr. F. Didem Ekinci

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 have become able to analyze key concepts, trends, deviations, developments and future prospects in the field.

Grading: There will be one midterm (35%), one presentation (30%) and a final exam (35%).

Weekly Course Schedule:

Week 1 (Oct. 1): History and evolution of foreign policy analysis as a sub-field

Week 2 (Oct. 8): Realism and foreign policy analysis

Week 3 (Oct. 15): Liberalism and foreign policy analysis

Week 4 (Oct. 22): Constructivism and foreign policy analysis

Week 5 (Oct. 29): REPUBLIC DAY, NO CLASS

Week 6 (Nov. 5): Models and Approaches in Foreign Policy-making

Week 7 (Nov. 12): MIDTERM EXAM (not fixed)

Week 8 (Nov. 19): British foreign policy

Week 9 (Nov. 26): French foreign policy

Week 10 (Dec. 3): Soviet/Russian foreign policy

Week 11 (Dec. 10): Chinese Foreign Policy

Week 12 (Dec. 17): PRESENTATION WEEK

Week 13 (Dec. 24): PRESENTATION WEEK

Week 14 (Dec. 31): The role of media and public opinion in foreign policy-making

Course Textbooks:

  • Marijke Breuning, Foreign Policy Analysis: A Comparative Introduction(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
  • Valerie M. Hudson, Foreign Policy Analysis: Classic and Contemporary Theory (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006).
  • Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield and Tim Dunne. Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases (Oxford: OUP 2012). 2nd edition.

Supplementary Material

  • Derek Beach, Analyzing Foreign Policy (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • Alex Mintz and Karl DeRouen Jr., Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
  • Alden, C. and A. Aran. Foreign Policy Analysis – New Approaches (London: Routledge, 2017). 2nd edition.
  • Donald A. Sylvan and James F. Voss, (eds.). Problem Representation in Foreign Policy Decision Making (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998).
  • Rose McDermott, Risk-Taking in International Politics: Prospect Theory in American Foreign Policy (Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P 1998).
  • Yaacov Y.I. Vertzberger, The World in their Minds: Information Processing Cognition, and Perception in Foreign Policy Decisionmaking (Stanford: Stanford UP, 1990).
  • Charles F. Hermann, Charles W. Kegley, Jr., and James N. Rosenau, (eds.), New Directions in the Study of Foreign Policy (New York: HarperCollins Academic, 1987).
  • Donald A. Sylvan and Steve Chan, (eds.), Foreign Policy Decision Making: Perception, Cognition, and Artificial Intelligence (New York: Praeger, 1984).
  • Itzhak Gilboa and David Schmeidler, A Theory of Case-Based Decisions (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001).
  • David O. Sears, Leonie Huddy, and Robert Jervis, (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology (New York: Oxford UP, 2003).
  • Mark Schafer and Stephen G. Walker, Beliefs and Leadership in World Politics: Methods and Applications of Operational Code Analysis (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
  • Brigitte L. Nacos, Robert Y. Shapiro, and Pierangelo Isernia, (eds)., Decisionmaking in a Glass House: Mass Media, Public Opinion, and American and European Foreign Policy in the 21st Century (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
  • Donald E. Abelson and Stephen Brooks and Xin Hua, (eds.), Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geo-Politics: Pathways to Influence (London: Routledge, 2017).
  • Paul A. Kowert, Groupthink or Deadlock: When Do Leaders Learn from their Advisors? (Albany: State University of New York P, 2002).
  • Irving L. Janis, Groupthink: Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1982).
  • Morton H. Halperin and Priscilla A. Clapp, with Arnold Kanter, Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy, 2d edition. (Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2006).