2014 Great Decisions: Foreign Policy Association

Learn leading foreign policy challenges confronting U.S. policy makers and the American public
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  • Contents Video: 3.5 hours
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

In a world of ever-changing politics, advancing technologies, and wars and revolts; confront the future and learn from the past by diving into U.S. foreign policy, the challenges it embarks and the world's future it strives towards.

Eight topics selected by the Foreign Policy Association and analyzed in the Great Decisions 2014 Handbook are covered in this course. The topics are:

  1. Defense Technology
  2. U.S. & Israel
  3. Turkey’s Challenges
  4. Islamic Awakening
  5. Energy Independence
  6. Food & Climate
  7. China’s Foreign Policy
  8. U.S. Trade Policy

Diving deep into U.S. foreign policy, we learn the past and present of current foreign policy challenges with a non-partisan analysis. With a mixture of video lectures, quizzes, and optional supplemental readings from the Great Decisions 2014 Briefing Book indulge yourself in the world of foreign policy with this course by Great Decisions.

What are the requirements?

  • The lecture series is designed to be suitable for all individuals interested in obtaining information about the foreign policy challenges our nation faces.
  • Optionally you can purchase Great Decisions 2014 Briefing Book for further readings and activities from the Foreign Policy Association website. A link to it is on the left of this page.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Individuals are given the opportunity to receive a certificate for successfully completing the course.
  • The purpose of this course is to promote public engagement on leading foreign policy challenges confronting U.S. policymakers and the American public. Its objective is to provide a non-partisan analysis of eight topics of enduring relevance to the United States and the world and to outline plausible foreign policy options for each.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is targeted for the general public and is appropriate at the high school and university levels.
  • Individuals who are interested in learning about foreign policy and why it is important and relevant to today's current events

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Curriculum

Section 1: Defense Technology
10:46

This segment takes a look of the evolution of defense technology and the dual-edged sword the advancement of technologies brings forth in the digital age we now live in.

Quiz on Segment 1: 10 Questions
10 questions
09:07

This segment takes a deeper look into the advantages and disadvantages of modern weapons and military technologies in the U.S. and world.

Quiz on Segment 2: 7 Questions
7 questions
08:57

In the last segment of Section 1, we focus on the costs and benefits of drones in defense technoloy.

Quiz on Segment 3: 7 Questions
7 questions
Great Decisions Handbook Chapter 1 Quiz: 11 Questions
11 questions
Section 2: Israel and the U.S.
09:52

This segment overviews the history of Israel, its International, Regional, and Internal challenges, as well as its special relationship with the U.S..

Quiz on Segment 1: 9 Questions
9 questions
08:12

This segment looks at the costs and benefits of U.S.- Israeli relations.

Quiz on Segment 2: 6 Questions
6 questions
12:05

The final segment of Israel and the U.S. looks at different approaches to U.S. foreign policy in Israel.

Quiz on Segment 3: 8 questions
8 questions
Great Decisions Handbook Chapter 2 Quiz: 12 questions
8 questions
Section 3: Turkey’s Challenges
12:55

This segment takes a look at the past, present, and future of Turkey.

Quiz on Segment 1: 8 questions
8 questions
06:09

This segment focuses on the relavance of Turkey in U.S. foreign policy.

Quiz on Segment 2: 7 questions, Policy Differences
7 questions
07:25

This last segment discusses different options regarding U.S. foreign policy and Turkey.

Quiz on Segment 3: 6 questions
6 questions
Great Decisions Handbook Chapter 3 Quiz: 14 questions
14 questions
Section 4: Islamic Awakening
09:05

This segment overviews the history of the Maghreb Region including the recent Islam Awakening and what that means to U.S. foreign policy.

Quiz on Segment 1: 7 questions
7 questions
07:55

This segment dives deeper into the Islam Awakening while looking at different responses to the awakening including: local, regional; and internationally.

Quiz on Segment 2: 7 questions
7 questions
10:18

This last segment discusses what makes a successful foreign policy while specifically taking a look at the situation in Libya.

Quiz on Segment 3: 7 questions
7 questions
Great Decisions Handbook Chapter 4 Quiz: 14 questions
14 questions
Section 5: Energy Independence
05:43

This segment overviews the history of world politics and how energy independence affects foreign policy.

Quiz on Segment 1: 7 questions
7 questions
10:40

This segment addresses the past, present, and future of U.S. independence on foreign oil.

Quiz on Segment 2: 8 questions
8 questions
06:05

This last segment takes a deeper look at U.S. foreign policy with energy independence, challenges and decisions that need to be made, and the future.

Quiz on Segment 3: 7 questions
7 questions
Great Decisions Handbook Chapter 5 Quiz: 13 questions
13 questions
Section 6: Food and Climate
08:06

This segment overviews the direct influence climate change has on food security and national security.

Quiz on Segment 1: 7 questions
7 questions
08:04

This segment addresses food technology and how it relates to U.S. Strategic Interests.

Quiz on Segment 2: 8 questions
8 questions
08:25

This last segment looks at domestic and foriegn policy in regards to food security.

Quiz on Segment 3: 8 questions
8 questions
Great Decisions Handbook Chapter 6 Quiz: 12 questions
12 questions
Section 7: China’s Foreign Policy
08:36

This segment gives a basic overview of China including its ever growing economic status and power.

Quiz on Segment 1: 9 questions
9 questions
14:22

This segment discusses the two different eras of relations between China and the U.S.; the War Era and the Trade Era.

Quiz on Segment 2: 8 questions
8 questions
09:08

This last segment dicusses the Sino-U.S. issues and possible foreign policy options.

Quiz on Segment 3: 6 questions
6 questions
Great Decisions Handbook Chapter 7 Quiz: 12 questions
12 questions
Section 8: U.S. Trade Policy
14:03

This segment overviews the history of international trade the various international trade policies .

Quiz on Segment 1: 10 questions
10 questions
08:18

This segment takes a look at the advantages of U.S. trade interests and dynamics of the U.S. trade policy.

Quiz on Segment 2: 6 questions
6 questions
06:52

This final segment looks at various free-trade areas, options, and issues with U.S. foreign policy options.

Quiz on Segment 3: 5 questions
5 questions
Great Decisions Handbook Chapter 8 Quiz: 14 questions
14 questions

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Instructor Biography

Foreign Policy Association, Learning & Development (L&D)

The mission of the Foreign Policy Association today, as it has been throughout its 96-year history, is to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.

Jeffrey S. Morton, a professor of Political Science and Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1995. The author of three books and numerous journal articles, Dr. Morton teaches in the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. A designated Master Teacher, 2004 University Researcher of the Year and 2012 College Distinguished Teacher of the Year, professor Morton offers undergraduate instruction in the fields of international law, diplomacy and American foreign policy. In 2012, Jeffrey Morton was the recipient of the Foreign Policy Association Medal.

Instructor Biography

Jeffrey Morton, Professor of International Relations

Jeffrey S. Morton is Professor of International Relations and a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. Dr. Morton began his college studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he majored in Political Science. He received his Master's degree from Rutgers University in 1991, specializing in the causes of war. Professor Morton completed his Ph. D. at the University of South Carolina in 1995, where he specialized in international law with a concentration in U.S. foreign policy. Additionally, Dr. Morton completed the International Law Commission Summer Training Program at the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The author of three books, numerous journal articles and book chapters, Professor Morton has published on issues ranging from the legality of interventions and weapons of war to the United Nations, Israeli security and U.S. foreign policy. Dr. Morton has lectured nationally and internationally on matters relating to U.S. foreign policy.

In 2012, Dr. Morton was awarded the prestigious Foreign Policy Association Medal.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Jeffrey Morton is married to Florence, a native of France.

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