This seminar will allow students to gain a better understanding of the role played by the National Security Council (NSC) in formulating, coordinating and implementing foreign policy. The seminar will begin by exploring the history of the NSC, including the events leading up to its creation and the underlying law that established the council. As part of this historical review, students will also examine the evolution of the NSC and the varying degree of influence the council wielded under different administrations. Against this backdrop, students will then conduct a case study of some of the key foreign policy issues over the past 20 years in order to gain a better understanding of the National Security Council’s decisionmaking process.