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    Foreign Policy and Security: Course Map & Recommended Resources


    Foreign Policy and Security

    The resources included here are intended to map to the following learning objectives for an American Government Course:

    1. Define the nuclear triad.
    2. Define the European Union.
    3. Explain free trade vs. protectionism and explain how free trade affects different kinds of workers.
    4. Question the role of the United Nations and NATO.
    5. Compare and contrast hard power and soft power and the tools of U.S. diplomacy.
    6. Identify current threats and challenges to national security and global stability.

    Web-Based Materials


    Main Text: American Government - Lumen Learning

    Alternative Text: American Politics and Government in the Information Age

    • Chapter 17: Foreign and National Security Policies

    Alternative Text: Boundless Political Science

    Recommended Textbook & Alternate Materials

    Discussion Questions and Key Concepts

    Discussion Questions

    1. Defining terrorism has similarities to defining obscenity: I know it when I see it. Discuss the various problems in defining terrorism and compose a working definition of terrorism.
    2. Define the role of the United Nations today. Evaluate how effective the UN is in carrying out its role. Should the US remain a member of the UN? Why or why not?
    3. With respect to foreign policy and its role overseas, should the US expand its role, restrict its role (become more isolationist), or keep its role about the same? Explain.
    4. It’s been said that the US only intervenes when the US interests are at stake. Evaluate that statement. Is it true or not? Why do you say that? Provide examples.

    Key Terms

    1. Containment
    2. Détente
    3. Deterrence
    4. Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD)
    5. Weapons of mass destruction
    6. Bipolar
    7. Unilateralism
    8. Multilateralism
    9. Department of Homeland Security
    10. Bush Doctrine
    11. Preemptive War Doctrine
    12. Conventional War
    13. Guerilla War
    14. Military industrial complex
    15. Protectionism
    16. World Trade Organization
    17. Rally ‘round the flag effect