Political Science | Russian & Soviet Foreign Policy
Y368 | 3697 | Spechler

	This course will examine the evolution of Soviet foreign policy in
the period after World War II and the foreign policy of Russia since the
collapse of the Soviet state.  Topics may include the legacy of the Russian
past and of Soviet experience in international affairs before 1945; the
impact of ideology on Soviet and Russian decisions and actions; and the
institutions involved in the making of Moscow's foreign policy.  Readings,
lectures and discussion will analyze Soviet conduct during the Cold War, the
changes in Soviet policy that led to the end of the Cold War, and Russian's
relations with the West in the post-Cold War era.  We will also discuss the
continuities and discontinuities between the foreign policies of the USSR
and contemporary Russia and the dilemmas Russia faces in a new and very
different world order.  Students will participate in a role-playing
exercise, in connection with which they will write two short papers.  There
will be two closed-book exams.  There will be a course reader and two
textbooks, Soviet Foreign Policy Since World War II and The Foreign Policy
of Russia, both by Joseph Nogee and Robert Donaldson.