This course discusses the concept of national interest in government and international relations using agenda setting approach which enables the analysis of the (changing) power relationships between political parties, institutions and other societal stakeholders in determining national and foreign policy goals. The first part of the course examines the concept and types of national interests. It explores the structures, motivations, and major objectives of foreign policy-making in both developed and developing countries (such as US, UK, Germany, France, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar). The aims of this first part are to determine how national interests in foreign policies affect national development, and to identify avenues in which the former contribute to the latter. The second part of the course explores major trends that shape the role of national interests in foreign policymaking, such as regional integration, the rise of non-state actors and emerging donors in development co-operation, non-traditional security threats including climate change, the global financial and debt crisis.