Financial Times Graphic, Iraq War 2003-2013.
This semester I am teaching a foundational Masters level course for our Masters of Public and International Affairs degree in the National Capital Region, Power and Policy in the United States. The course is a new preparation for me. The topic is enormous and there were many different ways in which I could have structured the course. In the end I choose to address the established and largely Sociology-based literature on ‘power structure’ research in the United States, a few aspects of the debate over the nature of the post-war US state and foreign policy making, and then use one specific policy question to bring the various themes and literatures together. The question I choose to focus our attention on was the following: why did the United States go to war against Iraq in 2003 (thus the attached graphic).
The ‘fat’ version of the syllabus, which includes supplemental readings, is attached here. GIA 5004 Power and Policy 2013 Fat Final Syllabus
Comments are welcome. It should be an interesting semester.