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Part I.

Please answer


two


of the following question in short essays (4 paragraphs or 400 words each).




  1. What is the national self-image argument, and to what extent it can help us understand foreign policy outcomes? What are some critiques of the national self-image argument?





  1. How did foreign policy analysis evolve out of the international relations theories? Which period would you consider the “golden age” of foreign policy analysis?



  1. What is the relationship between foreign policy, public opinion, and the media? Do they influence each other? If so, how?


Part II.

Please answer


one


of the following questions in a long essay (6 paragraphs or 600 words).





  1. Based on the case-studies that we have read in the course, which school of thought (realism, liberalism, Marxism, and idealism/constructivism)can explain the US foreign policy decisions best? That is, can you observe a pattern in US foreign policy decisions that would support the assumptions of one of the three schools of thought? What is the legal framework for US foreign policy making? Who are the main actors? Which institutions play a role in US foreign policy decisions?





  1. Compare two of the four foreign policy models of decision-making—the rational actor model, the bureaucratic model, the sociological model, and the psychological model—based on their assumptions, their logical consistency, and their usefulness in understanding foreign policy decisions. Which one would you argue is a more plausible model to understand the process of foreign policy decisions?
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