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Introduction to International RelationsTheories and Approaches

Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches (7th edn)

Robert Jackson, Georg Sørensen, and Jørgen Møller
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date: 04 December 2023

10. Foreign Policylocked

10. Foreign Policylocked

  • Robert Jackson, Robert JacksonUniversity of Boston
  • Georg SørensenGeorg SørensenUniversity of Aarhus
  •  and Jørgen MøllerJørgen MøllerUniversity of Aarhus


This chapter examines theories and approaches involved in foreign policy analysis. Foreign policy analysis is concerned with the study of the management of external relations and activities of nation-states, as distinguished from their domestic policies. The chapter first explains the concept of foreign policy before discussing various approaches to foreign policy analysis. It then evaluates the arguments of major theories by using a ‘level-of-analysis’ approach that addresses the international system level, the nation-state level, and the level of the individual decision maker. It also presents a case-study on the Gulf War to illustrate how insights from various approaches to foreign policy analysis can be brought together. A note on foreign policy experts and ‘think tanks’ is included to highlight the extent of research on the subject which extends well beyond universities.

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