The U.S. and The World: Foreign Policy Forecasts For Eight Different Countries


The U.S. and The World: Foreign Policy Forecasts For Eight Different Countries

William Burke-White / University of Pennsylvania  – $85 for the 2-class series.

Each class will be presented from 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET

Thursday, July 8: Part 1

Thursday, June 15: Part 2

A link for viewing will be sent to you 1 day before the first class.


The world is a complicated place and America’s foreign policy towards other countries is rarely straight-forwrad, simple, or consistent. How can we make sense of US foreign policy–past, present, and future–toward eight of the most important and interesting countries in the world? In this course, Burke-White will take us behind the scenes of US foreign policy making in Washington and lead us on a tour of the world to understand the “how” and the “why” of US foreign policy. We will “travel” from Russia and China to Israel and Saudi Arabia, from Mexico and Europe to Vietnam and Nigeria to investigate what is at stake in US foreign policymaking for America and the world. As we dig into the history, interests, cultures, and economies of these countries as well as changing administrations and objectives in Washington, we will see how the US seeks to reconcile its security, economic interests, and core values in developing and advancing distinct foreign policy approaches. So too, we will see the levers of influence the US does (or doesn’t) have to change other countries behavior and the implications of such efforts at home and abroad.


William Burke-White is the Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director of the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2011 on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff. He was also principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, Secretary Clinton’s hallmark foreign policy and institutional reform effort. Professor Burke-White has received the Levin Award and the Gorman award for Excellence in Teaching.



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