Dilemmas of American Power

Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Norris University Center
Course D Spring, 2023

Dilemmas of American Power Peter Slevin, Professor, The Medill School of Journalism

It isn’t easy being a superpower. For the past 75 years, U.S. policymakers have struggled to define America’s role in an ever more complex world where threats multiply and challenges morph and endure. This course uses an engaging set of case studies and materials to chart one of the most intriguing stretches of foreign policy in U.S. history. We will explore why decisions were made, how policies were implemented and sold, and what it all may mean in the end.

NOTE: Prof. Slevin will provide a syllabus on our website with suggested reading and viewing material the week before class starts. Links will direct you to news articles, video clips, book chapters, and documentaries. Preparing is optional, but doing so will greatly enhance the lecture experience.