2011 Policy Assessment



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

US Policy in Post WWII in Middle East, Chas Freeman

Perceived hypocrisy of US Policy, Chas Freeman

Challenge for US Policy ahead, Chas Freeman

Growth of China and trade policies, Pranab Bardhan

Reduce poverty & spur economic growth, Pranab Bardhan

Political environment and economic policy, Pranab Bardhan

China’s Environmental Challenges, Joanna Lewis

Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Joanna Lewis

Demographics/Water and Energy Use, Joanna Lewis

Climate and Security, Joanna Lewis

Programs for Conservation and Efficiency, Joanna Lewis

State Security Bureau and SARS, Hannah Beech

Propaganda and Censorship, Hannah Beech

Local Journalism in Asia, Hannah Beech

Changing Role of Media, Hannah Beech

Rivals and Partners, Thomas Pickering

Nuclear non-proliferation, Thomas Pickering

“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.