PLS 233 - U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1945
After serving in the Army in Vietnam and Germany, I pursued my B.A. and my M.A. through night school and eventually at the University of Southern California's Graduate School in Germany. I passed the Foreign Service Officer exam and became a U.S. diplomat. My overseas assignments included Botswana, Greece, Israel, the Soviet Union and Russia, and the Geneva arms control talks. In the U.S., I served in intelligence and policy positions at the State Department and ultimately at the White House. I then became the Political Advisor to the NATO Commander, dealing primarily with Afghanistan, piracy, Ukraine and the former Soviet Union states, counter-narcotics and NATO enlargement.
My goal is to help you evaluate what goes into the actual practice of foreign policy - How do decisions get made? How do policy makers get their information and how do they actually make decisions? For the past 15 or so years, I've been in a position to advise Presidents, Generals and other senior leaders and to make some decisions myself. If you're interested in a diplomatic career or if you just want to become a more knowledgeable citizen, I hope this course will be useful.