U.S. Foreign Policy provides a comprehensive overview of the United States’s role in international politics. Chapters focus in turn on the historical background, institutions, regional relations, and contemporary issues that are key to the superpower’s foreign policy making. The second edition includes two new chapters on Barack Obama’s use of smart power and a debate on the nature of U.S. hegemony. All chapters have been updated with important developments including the effects of the global financial crisis, the on-going conflict in Afghanistan, and political uprisings in the Middle East.
Keywords:foreign policy, United States, policy making, Barack Obama, smart power, hegemony, global financial crisis, Afghanistan, Middle East
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- Introduction: US foreign policy—past, present, and future Michael Cox and Doug Stokes
- 1. Theories of US foreign policy Brian Schmidt
- 2. American exceptionalism Daniel Deudney and Jeffrey Meiser
- Section 1 Historical Contexts
- Section 2 Institutions and Processes
- Section 3 The United States and the World
- Section 4 Key Issues
- Section 5 Futures and Scenarios