Political Science | Russian & Soviet Foreign Policy
Y368 | 23411 | 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 a textbook, The Foreign Policy of
Russia, by Robert Donaldson and Joseph Nogee.