Jeffrey S. Morton, Ph.D.
LLS Jupiter Distinguished Faculty Award
Foreign Policy Association Fellow
Jeffrey S. Morton, Ph.D., is a Professor of Political Science and Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. He received his Master’s degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Professor Morton has been honored as the FAU Researcher of the Year, has contributed to articles that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and is Director of the FAU Diplomacy Program.
News and Notes from Professor Morton
Great Decisions 2014
Since 1918, the Foreign Policy Association has sought to educate Americans about the foreign policy process and the range of challenges confronting its political leaders. Great Decisions is an annual series that examines eight critical foreign policy issues. The topics for this course are selected by the Foreign Policy Association. Each lecture in this class includes background information, current American policy and foreign policy options for the United States. Students interested in purchasing the handbook, “Great Decisions,” which includes information on each of the eight topics, can do so by calling 1 (800) 477-5836 or going online at www.greatdecisions.org.
Pre-ordered “Great Decisions” handbooks should arrive by the first lecture.
The topic order will be determined by the order presented in the "Great Decisions" handbook.
The Decline of American Hegemony?
Confronting a New Multi-Polar World
When Russia, the UK and China checked President Obama's effort to militarily strike Syria in September 2013, we may have witnessed the transition to a world of many powers. Has the era of American global leadership ended? Can we or should we resist the rise of other great powers? What are the implications of a multi-polar world?
U.S. Foreign Policy
The Role of International Law
The construction and execution of American foreign policy involves a wide range of considerations, including strategic calculations, financial costs, and domestic politics. An underappreciated, yet influential, factor in foreign policy is international law. This course examines the role that international law plays in American foreign policy both theoretically and practically. Case studies from America's past and current foreign policy challenges will be analyzed throughout the course.
Pivoting from the Middle East
America’s almost singular emphasis on the Middle East is beginning to give way to a more globalist approach to world politics. Our inability to shape Iraqi politics after the end of that war, the 2014 pullout from Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and the ongoing war in Syria have underscored a declining U.S. position in the region. In this one-time lecture, Professor Morton will analyze each of the challenges we face in the Middle East and our redirection of U.S. foreign policy to other regions of concern and interest.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Throughout the 20th century, the United States has sought to limit both the spread and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Our approach to the nonproliferation and use of WMD has ranged from diplomacy to intervention. In 2013, the U.S. struck diplomatic deals with Syria (chemical weapons) and Iran (nuclear program). Has the pendulum shifted too far in the direction of diplomacy? Is intervention a better way to degrade the WMD programs of adversarial states? In this one-time lecture, Professor Morton will analyze the global state of affairs as it relates to WMD and explore options for dealing with nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.