Foreign Policy 10/23/2012 11:04:00 AM
What is foreign policy?
Foreign policies are:
Strategies govs use to guide their actions toward other states, sometimes
encapsulated in a doctrine.
Foreign policy process
o Is a set of procedures and structures that states use to arrive at foreign
policy decisions along with their implementation
Foreign policy analysis
o Is the study of the strategies and processes
Approaches to foreign policy analysis
Does rationality explain all decisions?
Graham T. Allison
Identified the inherent limits of rational individualist explanations of foreign
What were the other important context and inputs?
Used experience observing the Cuban Missile Crisis as a case study
How did Kennedy arrive at his decision?
o Rational actor
o Organization behavior
o Governmental politics
Rational Actor Model
Encapsulated in the process described in previous slide
o Individual actor vs. state/