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Presidential Decision-Making I

This is a three part sequence of courses, each of which may be taken independently of the others.

The intent of this course cycle is to examine presidential decisions and their effects on U.S. international relations and foreign policy. 

Course I will survey the period between Harry Truman’s presidency and that of John F. Kennedy. We will explore presidential decisions from the dropping of the atomic bomb, the origins of the Cold War, the entry of the United States into Vietnam, and the assassination of Ngô Ðình Di?m, the president of South Vietnam.

Dr. Mark Stern received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester (1970). He taught at the University of Central Florida (1972-1994) where he directed the University Honors Program, received the University Teacher of the Year Award, and later served as the Senior V.P. and the V.P. for Academic Affairs at Shepherd University (1994-2015). He has published a scholarly book, “Calculating Visions: Kennedy, Johnson and Civil Rights” and numerous articles about the impacts of presidential decisions. He has taught adult students since his retirement in 2015 and holds Associate Emeritus Professor status at Arizona State University.

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