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US Foreign Policy

Third Edition

Edited by Michael Cox and Doug Stokes

25 May 2018

ISBN: 9780198707578

496 pages

In Stock

Price: £44.99

Critical and connected: the most comprehensive overview of US foreign policy, written by the experts, to help students make connections and critically evaluate America's role in international politics.



Critical and connected: brings together diverse political perspectives from the world's leading experts, giving students the tools to critically evaluate America's ever-changing role in international politics and to connect theory to real events.

  • Equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the subject by provides unrivalled breadth of coverage
  • Helps students to connect theory with real life, using carefully developed 'debates' and 'controversies' features
  • Enables students to think critically, to evaluate for themselves, as leading international scholars from three continents offer students a broad range of perspectives

New to this edition

  • Fully updated to cover Obama's second term and President Trump's evolving foreign policy, helping students to understand the dynamics of contemporary US foreign policy
  • New chapters on gender, religion, the rise of the US economy East Asia, and the Liberal International Order respond to developments in the field, to enable students to consider the full impact of, and factors affecting, US foreign policy

About the Author(s)

Edited by Michael Cox, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Doug Stokes, Professor of International Relations, University of Exeter

Michael Cox is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Director of LSE IDEAS - the top ranked university affiliated Think Tank in Europe. The author and editor of over 25 books including major studies on E.H .Carr, the end of the Cold War and US Foreign policy, his more recent work has focused on challenging what he thinks are the three myths of our time: the notion that the 21st century will be Asian, the now widespread view that the decline of the United States is inevitable, and the associated belief that we are moving into a post- western world order.

Doug Stokes is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Advanced International Studies and Faculty Director of Post-Graduate Research at the University of Exeter. He specializes in US foreign policy, international security and debates on grand strategy and has published a number of books, journal articles and book chapters in these areas. Professor Stokes has also advised and presented his research to a range of UK government organisations and agencies and is Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a leading defence think tank based in Whitehall.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction, Cox and Stokes
    Part 1: Rethinking America
    2:Theories of US foreign policy, Schmidt
    3:American Exceptionalism, Deudney and Meiser
    Part 2: Historical Contexts
    4:The US rise to world power 1776-1945, LaFeber
    5:The Economic Rise of a Superpower: From Washington to Trump, Cox
    6:American foreign policy during the Cold War, Saull
    7:America in the 1990s, Dumbrell
    8:The 21st century and smart power, Nye
    Part 3: Institutions and Processes
    9:Domestic influences on foreign policy-making, Parmar and Aronica
    10:Regional shifts and US foreign policy, Trubowitz
    11:Media and US Foreign Policy, Robinson
    Part 4: The United States and the World
    12:US foreign policy in the Middle East, Dodge
    13:The USA and the EU, Smith
    14:US foreign policy in Russia, Rutland
    15:US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific, Zhang
    16:US foreign policy in Latin America, Dunkerley
    17:US foreign policy in Africa, Patman
    Part 5: Key Issues
    18:Global terrorism, Rogers
    19:Religion, Marsden
    20:Gender, Bashevkin
    21:Global Environment, Eckersley
    Part 6: Futures and Scenarios
    22:The American Liberal Order: from Creation, Ikenberry to Crisis, Ikenberry
    23:Drifting Apart?: The Emerging End of the Transatlantic Partnership, Walt
    24:The future of US foreign policy, Lieven
    25:US primary or decline?: a debate, Layne, Wohlforth and Brooks

Additional Resources

The following online resources for students and lecturers accompany the book:

For students:
Interactive map detailing US foreign policy by region
Multiple choice questions
Web links to sources of further information

For lecturers:
Essay questions
Suggested seminar activities