Foreign Policy Analysis

lspri2080  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Foreign Policy Analysis
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
The course examines (a) The history and evolution of foreign policy theories; (b) Foreign policy decision-taking: politico-administrative processes, relations between foreign policy and internal affairs, influence of interest groups, different schools ; (c) The dimensions of foreign policy : strategic-diplomatic dimension, external trade relations, external cultural relations, ethical aspects ; (d) The different conceptions of power and the notion of Small, medium and Great ; (e) The analysis model likely to apply to the foreign policies of those " power Nations ".
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student will - Have increased his analysis and critical thinking skills in the field of foreign policy, in general ; - Through the analysis of case studies o (a) He/she will master the elaboration and execution process of a foreign policy (taking into ac-count several factors of influence) ; o (b) He/she will have a good knowledge of the content and institutional mechanisms of the foreign policy of different states.
The course analyses the decision-making process in international affairs. After presenting the numerous actors (state, non-state, transnational, supranational), who participate in the foreign policy of a state, the heart of the course examines the decision-making process. It is based on the theories of Foreign Policy Analysis (rational model, cognition, bureaucracy, groupthink, polythink, idiosyncratic heuristics, etc).
Ouvrages de référence: 
Cl. Roosens, V. Rosoux et T. de Wilde, La politique étrangère. Le modèle classique à l'épreuve, Peter Lang, 2004 ;
Tanguy Struye de Swielande, La politique étrangère de l'Administration Bush, analyse de la prise de décision (2001-2005),Coll. CECRI,P.IE.- Peter-Lang, Bruxelles (2007). (304 p.)
La Politique étrangère: À l’épreuve de la fragmentatio de Tanguy Struye de Swielande (Éditeur de volume)Tanguy de Wilde d'Estmael (Éditeur de volume)Valérie Rosoux (Éditeur de volume), Peter-lang, 2021.
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Teaching materials
  • Powerpoint
Faculty or entity

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