As always, we had several sessions where groups of students would take on roles in and around the US government and address an issue. The various groups picked: Iran deal, Yemen, China, and North Korea. Speaks much about contemporary US foreign policy: no European stuff, no Africa or Latin America, no climate change. Not surprised about the lack of international trade or finance--my blindspot is their blindspot?
Today's concluding seminar asked a couple of key questions:
- Is Trump really that different? What policies are similar or different, compared to previous USFP?
- Will Trump have temporary or deep impact on USFP?
- support Israel,
- investing in NATO deterrence mission [pretty sure Trump is entirely unaware]
- stay in every forever war
- NK, war or no war
- Climate change
We just had a discussion rather than a debate--something I might do next year if we live that long. Overall, it was an excellent although depressing way to end my first shot at teaching this class in the new Trumpian world.