American Interventionism after the Cold War

Module code: PL7500

Module co-ordinator: Dr Alex Waddan

Module Outline

This module will consider the utility of intervention - military and non-military - for the United States in the modern, post-Cold War era. Is U.S. interventionism reactive or the product of a coordinated world view? Is the U.S. better understood as a conservative, isolationist power or as a liberal, activist power? The impact of 9/11 on U.S. foreign policy is a central concern of the module. Several cases studies of American intervention – from Somalia and Haiti to Afghanistan and Iraq, and the competing interpretations of these actions – form the basis for discussion and research.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching will be delivered through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Blackboard - this allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used such as online presentations, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one-to-one contact through conventional channels. 


  • Journal article analysis (20%)
  • Essay (80%)