U.S. Foreign Policy

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Bringing together contributions from a number of the world's leading experts, U.S. Foreign Policy provides the most comprehensive introduction to the topic available. It covers the rise of America, U.S. foreign policy during and after the Cold War, and the complex issues facing the U.S. since September 11th. The only textbook that includes a section on U.S. foreign policy in several different regions around the world, it enables students to analyze U.S. foreign policy in practice. U.S. Foreign Policy integrates exceptional pedagogical features throughout, including readers' guides, key points, questions, guides to further reading, text boxes, and a glossary. An accompanying companion website offers an interactive timeline, an interactive map, multiple-choice questions, monthly commentaries, a flashcard glossary, essay questions, and seminar questions and activities.

Author Biography

Michael Cox is Professor of International Relations at London School of Economics.
Doug Stokes is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Table of Contents

List of boxesp. xvii
List of controversiesp. xix
List of key quotesp. xx
List of major debates and their impactp. xxii
About the editorsp. xxiii
About the contributorsp. xxv
Introduction: US foreign policy-past, present, and futurep. 1
Theories of US foreign policyp. 7
Introductionp. 8
Theories of American foreign policyp. 10
Origins of the Cold Warp. 17
Grand strategyp. 19
Conclusionp. 22
American exceptionalismp. 24
Introduction: American difference and exceptionalityp. 25
Difference, exceptionality, and successp. 26
Liberal exceptionalismp. 29
Peculiar Americanismp. 32
Exceptionality and foreign policyp. 35
Conclusion: unipolarity, war on terrorism, and unilateralismp. 39
Historical Contextsp. 43
The US rise to world power, 1776-1945p. 45
Introductionp. 46
From colonies to continental empire, 1776-1865p. 46
From old empire to new empire, 1865-1913p. 50
Wilson's empire of ideology-and the bitter reaction, 1913-33p. 52
The road from economic depression to the Cold War, 1933-45p. 56
Conclusionp. 60
American foreign policy during the Cold Warp. 63
Introductionp. 64
The Cold War and theorizing American foreign policyp. 65
The origins of the Cold War and containmentp. 68
Korea, NSC-68, and the militarization of US foreign policyp. 76
Cold War in the third worldp. 78
Ending the Cold Warp. 83
Conclusionp. 86
America in the 1990s: searching for purposep. 88
Introduction: post-Cold War American internationalismp. 89
Searching for purpose: the 'Kennan sweepstakes'p. 90
Foreign policy making in the new orderp. 96
US foreign policy in the post-Cold War erap. 98
Conclusionp. 103
Institutions and Processesp. 105
The foreign policy process: executive, Congress, intelligencep. 107
Introductionp. 108
Challenge of foreign policy to state formationp. 108
Foreign policy as a primary agency of governmental adaptationp. 110
Congress and the challenge of co-equalityp. 115
Democratic dilemmasp. 120
9/11, the war on terror, and new tensionsp. 123
Conclusionp. 126
Military power and US foreign policyp. 129
Introductionp. 130
Rise of American military power, 1945-91: containment and deterrencep. 130
The post-Cold War era: confronting fundamental questionsp. 133
The administration of George W. Bush: terrorism and pre-emptionp. 137
Conclusionp. 143
Regional shifts and US foreign policyp. 145
Introductionp. 146
Regional interests and foreign policyp. 147
The great debate over expansionismp. 148
The struggle over internationalismp. 152
American primacy and the 'new sectionalism'p. 157
Conclusionp. 160
Media and US foreign policyp. 163
Introductionp. 164
Conceptsp. 164
The pluralist modelp. 166
The elite modelp. 172
Public and media diplomacyp. 178
Conclusion: new technology and US powerp. 179
Identities and US foreign policyp. 183
Introductionp. 184
Interests and US foreign policyp. 185
Critical social constructivismp. 186
Discourses as productivep. 191
Critical social constructivism as critiquep. 195
Identity in US foreign policyp. 198
Conclusionp. 207
The United States and the Worldp. 211
US foreign policy in the Middle Eastp. 213
Introductionp. 214
The transformation of US foreign policy towards the Middle East: from Wilson to Bushp. 217
International relations, United States foreign policy, and the Middle Eastp. 219
The United States, the Cold War, and the Middle Eastp. 221
The United States and Israelp. 226
The United States and oilp. 231
Conclusion: the Bush Doctrine and the invasion of Iraq: continuity or change in US foreign policy towards the Middle East?p. 233
The USA and the EUp. 236
Introductionp. 237
US foreign policy and European integrationp. 238
The United States and the European Unionp. 244
Conclusionp. 253
US foreign policy in Russiap. 257
Introductionp. 258
The end of an erap. 259
Bill and Borisp. 260
NATO enlargementp. 263
The Kosovo crisisp. 264
The 'Great Game' revisitedp. 265
A new face in the Kremlin-and the White Housep. 266
A strategy for a New Worldp. 268
A reversal of coursep. 270
Conclusionp. 273
The USA and Asia-Pacificp. 275
Introductionp. 276
Japan, the United States, and the new Asian orderp. 277
China comes in from the coldp. 280
The United States, Korea, and the legacy of the Cold Warp. 283
Asia-Pacific: primed for rivalry?p. 286
The United States: hegemonic still?p. 288
US foreign policy in Latin Americap. 292
Introductionp. 293
Latin America and the formation of the modern USAp. 297
A reluctant superpowerp. 301
Cold war coexistencep. 305
The Washington 'Consensus' questionedp. 309
Conclusionp. 312
US foreign policy in Africap. 315
Introductionp. 316
USA-Africa relations: history and the Cold Warp. 317
The USA and Africa in a post-Cold War worldp. 319
The USA and Africa after 9/11p. 326
Conclusionp. 329
Key Issuesp. 333
Global economyp. 335
Introductionp. 336
The actors and mechanisms of American economic strategyp. 336
Perspectives on American economic strategy since 1945p. 341
Has the strategy worked?p. 350
Global terrorismp. 357
Introduction: the 9/11 attacksp. 358
Terrorism and the background to 9/11p. 359
The war on terror Ip. 362
The war on terror IIp. 366
Rethinking the war on terrorp. 369
Global environmentp. 374
Introductionp. 375
Environmental multilateralism and the USAp. 376
Explaining US foreign environment policyp. 389
Conclusionp. 394
Futures and Scenariosp. 399
American foreign policy after 9/11p. 401
Introductionp. 402
The backgroundp. 402
Framing 9/11 and its aftermathp. 406
The triumph of ideology: the 'neo-cons' in the ascendantp. 408
Blowback: US foreign policy against itself?p. 409
The centrality of military power-and 'imperial overstretch'?p. 411
The shape of America's warsp. 412
Iraq: the new Vietnam?p. 414
After Iraq: continuity and disjunction in US foreign policyp. 416
America's 'security trap'p. 420
Introductionp. 421
Transformations in global powerp. 422
The erosion of state sovereigntyp. 423
The democratization paradoxp. 425
Bush and the security trapp. 427
Conclusion: escaping the security trapp. 429
The future of US foreign policyp. 433
Introductionp. 434
The ideological roots of US foreign policyp. 435
Strengths and weaknesses of the USAp. 437
The US political order and foreign policyp. 439
Future foreign policiesp. 441
Catastrophic scenariosp. 447
Conclusionp. 448
Referencesp. 451
Indexp. 469
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