CREDITS 4 (LV) 6 (ECTS) - 60 Contact Hours

Why study foreign policy? Are major international relations theories of any help in order to explain foreign policy behavior? How are foreign policy decisions made and how are they implemented? To what extent are psychological inferences important in foreign policy decision making? Are states driven by values or interests? Do economic incentives work? Are economic sanctions effective? To what extent is foreign policy driven by mass media and public opinion? This course attempts to answer these important questions, and, thus, the aim of the course is to provide a systematic overview of theories dealing with foreign policy making and implementation processes and actors.

 Lectures introduce students to the main foreign policy theories and approaches. Levels of foreign policy analysis and the interplay between domestic and internal sources of foreign policy are also discussed during this course. Seminars are mostly organized around case studies such as Cuban missile crisis, Yom Kippur War, Bay of Pigs, US invasion of Iraq in 2003 etc. Some case studies are explicitly related to theories of foreign policy decision making and implementation, while some cases are discussed in their own right. The aim of seminars is to discuss foreign policy cases combining empirical and theoretical aspects of case studies.