Merican Politics and Foreign Policy Minor Essay 1500words Writer #3284

General Information about the unit

American Politics and Foreign Policy provides a basic introduction to the organization and functions of the United States Government, as well as a study of the mechanics, characteristics and goals of American foreign policy. The main emphasis is on the U.S. federal (national) government, but some attention is also given to  federalism (the relationship of the national to 50 state governments) and the role of local government. Topics considered include the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, the US Constitution and the separation of powers, political parties, elections and electoral behaviour, special interest groups, the federal bureaucracy, public policy, etc. Students should complete American Politics and Foreign Policy with a sound, working grasp of the structure and theory of the American system of government and a clear understanding of how American foreign policy is made and implemented.


The Minor Essay (1,500 words) involves a contemporary topic or problem in American politics and/or foreign policy

In April, 2007 Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened a moratorium on the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty. Why? Analyse the extent to which Putin s actions were justified.

These are just some sites can use:

FAS (Federation of American Scientists ,  Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) : index/html

Reuters News,  FACTBOX-Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe

Novosti, R.,  Putin proposes moratorium on CFE Treaty , 26 April, 2007, (numerous links from this site).

People s Daily Online,  Conventional forces treaty should be ratified: NATO Chief , 27 April, 2007, sources relevant to American Politics and Foreign Policy include:

The New York Times
The Washington Post
American Journal of Political Science
American Political Science Review
Atlantic Monthly
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Policy
Journal of Politics
Political Science Quarterly
Politics & Society
The Washington Quarterly
World Policy Journal