2011 Policy Assessment

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Introduction

This selection of Camcast talks explores US foreign policy from a variety of perspectives with topics including current US policy in Asian countries, the historical development of these policies, consideration of policy successes and failures, lessons learned from each, and a way forward for US policy makers in the 21st century.

In assessing US foreign policy, consider also the significance of strategy. Wherein a clear goal may well exist in policy, implementation of action steps to achieve that goal may or may not succeed. In this realm of uncertainty between stated goals and effective implementation of action steps, strategy is tested.
In this sense, strategy reflects the ever-changing dynamic of working towards stated policy goals through diplomatic and military action. Strategy can change as events unfold, whereas policy goals can stay the same. What factors need to be considered in developing strategy? What are the challenges to implementation of that strategy? What developments on the ground or in dialogue lead to a change in policy goals? These are some of the questions addressed by speakers at this year’s Conference.

Please review the Camcast clips, below, to learn more about the interplay of policy and strategy.

Policy Assessment Video Links

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US Policy in Post WWII in Middle East, Chas Freeman

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Perceived hypocrisy of US Policy, Chas Freeman

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Challenge for US Policy ahead, Chas Freeman

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Growth of China and trade policies, Pranab Bardhan

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Reduce poverty & spur economic growth, Pranab Bardhan

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Political environment and economic policy, Pranab Bardhan

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China’s Environmental Challenges, Joanna Lewis

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Joanna Lewis

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Demographics/Water and Energy Use, Joanna Lewis

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Climate and Security, Joanna Lewis

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Programs for Conservation and Efficiency, Joanna Lewis

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State Security Bureau and SARS, Hannah Beech

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Propaganda and Censorship, Hannah Beech

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Local Journalism in Asia, Hannah Beech

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Changing Role of Media, Hannah Beech

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Rivals and Partners, Thomas Pickering

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Nuclear non-proliferation, Thomas Pickering

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“We have one enemy and that is ourselves”, T. Pickering

Study Guide for Policy Assessment

1. How is US economic policy modifying its relationship with Asia?
2. What ideas or values shape policy goals?
3. To what extent does strategy fulfill policy goals?
4. What factors, if any, limit effectiveness of government policy?
5. What is policy and how is it developed and applied?


The 2011 Educator’s Guide is funded by the Camden National Bank.