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US Foreign Policy in Donald Trump Age

Moving from the traditional vision of the US as a ‘political experiment’, the course aims at providing a general vision of the ‘American specificity’ and of the relations that- at the different levels, linked -- and links – the United States to the rest of the world, with a special reference to the early years of the 21st century. Mixing political analysis with the history of the international relations, it aims at conveying to the students the idea of the historical continuity of the US political experience and the theoretical tools to understand the country’s role in the light of today’s international scenario.

In this perspective, the course is based on two blocs: the first one aiming at providing a general picture of US foreign politics, its foundations, organization, and underlying dynamics; the second one where this picture is declined with reference to some specific geographic areas, deemed especially important for today’s US international standing. The areas have been chosen to highlight the systemic challenges that US foreign policy is currently facing, due on the one hand to the emergence of new geopolitical players, on the other to the regional realignments that this process has promoted.

During the Obama presidency, the US underwent deep changes regarding both their posture and their international image; a process that Donald Trump has strengthened and pushed further ahead. Some of these changes are still underway and their full impact will be gauged only in the coming years. For this reason, a special attention will be devoted to these aspects and to their possible evolutions, moving from the assumption that – although downsized within the emerging multipolar order – the US will remain a key player on the international political scene for a long time to come.

When: November 15th and 16th, from 09.30 to 18.30pm

Where: ISPI, Via Clerici 5 — 20121 Milan

Please note:
the course will be taught in English and gives credits as a supplementary activity to graduate students. 

Supervisor: Gianluca Pastori, PhD, is Associate Professor, History of political relations North America-Europe, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. He also teaches International History - The Wider Mediterranean Region in the same Faculty, and History of the international relations and institutions in the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia.


November 15
9.30 – 11.00: Historical roots of US foreign politics, Mileno Berrettini (UCSC)
11.15 – 12.45: The decisional process, Mileno Berrettini
13.45 – 15.15: Drivers of US international action (Part 1), Gianluca Pastori
15.20 – 16.50: Drivers of US international action (Part 2), Gianluca Pastori
17.00 – 18.30: The US in a multipolar world: challenges and opportunities, Gianluca Pastori

November 16 
9.30 – 11.00: US Foreign Policy in Donald Trump Age: Europe and NATO, Davide Borsani (UCSC)
11.15 – 12.45: US Foreign Policy in Donald Trump Age: Russia and its challenge, Davide Borsani
13.45 – 15.15: US Foreign Policy in Donald Trump Age: the ‘pivot to Asia’ (Part 1), Mileno Berrettini
15.20 – 16.50: US Foreign Policy in Donald Trump Age: the ‘pivot to Asia’ (Part 2), Mileno Berrettini
17.00 – 18.30: US Foreign Policy in Donald Trump Age: the MENA region, Mileno Berrettini


The course is reserved to Bocconi students who are enrolled for AY 2019-20 in a graduate programe.

Call for applications n.2 for curricular supplementary activities will open on October 16th.

There will be 30 spots available.

Further information on registrations and creteria of assignment are available here: Curricular supplementary activities
9.3 Curricular supplementary activities: choice, assignment and placement in the Program Structure

During the course, attendance will be checked.

In order to get 2 credits, students must attend at least 80% of the course and pass the final test that will be held in Bocconi University on November 21st at 6.00 pm.

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