Authors to speak on policy book at Barnes County Museum

The program is on May 26 in Valley City.

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The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 21 will present Anthony Dutton and Luis da Vinha speaking on their co-authored book, “Three Approaches to Presidential Foreign Policy-Making in the Twenty-First Century; The Executive, the Magistrate and the Maverick,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Barnes County Museum in Valley City.

Political scientists have long determined that a president’s relationships with his advisers are crucial in determining an administration’s policies. Over the last several decades, scholars of the presidency have paid particular attention to the advisory structures and processes involved in foreign policy decision-making. Their work has contributed to the development and refinement of three presidential management models to help frame the analysis of foreign policymaking: the formalistic model, collegial model and competitive model.

Dutton and da Vinha's book analyzes the management models employed by Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump throughout their presidencies by employing a structured-focus comparison method that is framed on a set of general and standardized questions used to analyze case studies involving their Middle East policies. The book offers the first systematic comparative analysis of Bush, Obama and Trump’s management of foreign policy crises.

Dutton is a professor of history at Valley City (N.D.) State University. He chairs the Social Science Department and teaches courses in U.S. social and political history as well as North American history and relations. A former VCSU Faculty Association president and appointee to North Dakota University System taskforces for strategic planning and for faculty
benefits, Dutton was the 2014 VCSU Teacher of the Year.

Vinha is a lecturer and coordinator of the Master in International Relations at Flinders University. His research has been published with Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Comparative Strategy, Journal of Policy History, European Journal of Geography, Portuguese Journal of Political Science and the Brown Journal of World Affairs, among others.


Da Vinha is also the author of Geographic Mental Maps and Foreign Policy Change.

The public is invited to this event at the museum, held in conjunction with Valley City State University. The museum is located at 315 Central Ave. North, Valley City.

For more information, contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.

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