Foreign Policy Analysis

lspri2080  2023-2024  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).
Evaluation methods
written exam during the session and two case studies during the course period
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.
Textes sur moodle
Teaching materials
  • Powerpoint
Faculty or entity

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