IER 205 – Analysis of Foreign Policy

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IER 205 – Analysis of Foreign Policy; Weekly hours: 2+1, ECTS: 5
This course aims to give a basic background for making and implementation of foreign policy in theory and practice. The students will learn about the major concepts and theories of foreign policy analysis and multi-level analysis for foreign policy decision making through case studies. The course looks at the following topics: Introduction: What is Foreign Policy Analysis, The Individual Level Analysis I: Leaders and Rational Choices. Rationality, Deterrence, Game Theory and Irrationality, Cognition: A Different View of Rationality,  Belief Sets, Images and Cognitive Structure, Moral Positions and Value Stands, The State Level Analysis:  National Self Image,  Culture and Institutions of Self Governance, Culture, Institutions and the Democratic Peace, Domestic Political Opposition, Partisan Politics and Intragovernmental Divisions, Public Opinion, Interest Groups and Media, System Level Analysis: Power, Position and Foreign Policy, The Elusive Concept of Power, Who Gets to be a Great Power, Great Powers, US and Russia Foreign Policies, Secondary and Small Powers, Japan, German, France and United Kingdom Foreign Policies, A Complex Multilevel Game: The Case of Middle Powers,. Non-state Actors in Foreign Policy Making, EU Foreign Policy in Western Balkans, Macedonian Foreign Policy, Macedonia-EU Relations, Turkish Foreign Policy.