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American Foreign Policy

Theoretical Essays

Seventh Edition

Edited by G. John Ikenberry and Peter Trubowitz

Publication Date - October 2014

ISBN: 9780199350834

608 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $77.75

Featuring both classic and contemporary essays by top scholars, this anthology helps students understand the forces that shape the field of foreign policy analysis

Description

Featuring thirty classic and contemporary selections, American Foreign Policy: Theoretical Essays, Seventh Edition, offers students an overview of the forces that shape and influence U.S. foreign policy. Edited by two top scholars, this acclaimed anthology showcases the wide range of theoretical perspectives used to analyze U.S. foreign policy and guides students in comparing, evaluating, and applying these theories. The essays highlight the debates and controversies that animate the field and the challenges posed by making foreign policy in the American political, economic, and cultural context. The seventh edition adds fourteen new articles, sharpening the book's contemporary focus.

New to this Edition

  • Adds fourteen recent scholarly articles to sharpen the book's contemporary focus

About the Author(s)

G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and Co-Director of Princeton's Center for International Security Studies.

Peter Trubowitz is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Co-Director of the United States International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS.

Reviews

"I certainly would adopt American Foreign Policy for my course again. It is the best text that I have found for the interdisciplinary audience, and for linking some of the theoretical work I present in class to the policy discussions. The new additions seem to only enhance the quality of the book."--Navin Bapat, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Yes, I would absolutely adopt this text and recommend it to colleagues. It is ideal for a course structured around different levels of analysis in accounting for foreign policy decision-making. In its combination of theoretical diversity and attention to important historical case studies, it is head and shoulders above the competition."--Kyle Lascurettes, The George Washington University

"Ikenberry and Trubowitz have assembled a first-rate set of essays that are sure to help students understand how the United States interacts with the world around it. American Foreign Policy presents a wide array of perspectives and covers many of the important issues that concern policymakers in Washington. It is an ideal teaching device."--John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

Table of Contents

    *=New to this Edition
    List of Contributors
    Preface
    Introduction
    PART 1. THE PROBLEM OF EXPLANATION
    1. Models of International Relations and Foreign Policy, Ole R. Holsti
    * 2. A Widening Gyre: The Logic of American Weapons Procurement, James R. Kurth
    PART 2. GEOPOLITICS, POWER, AND SECURITY
    3. Anarchic Orders and Balances of Power, Kenneth Waltz
    4. The American Conception of National Security and the Beginnings of the Cold War, 1945-1948, Melvyn P. Leffler
    * 5. Rethinking the Origins of American Hegemony, G. John Ikenberry
    * 6. A Realist Foreign Policy for the United States, Sebastian Rosato and John Schuessler
    PART 3. CAPITALISM, MARKETS, AND FOREIGN POLICY
    7. Economic Instability and Military Strength: The Paradoxes of the 1950 Rearmament Decision, Fred Block
    * 8.The Business of Buying American: Public Procurement as Trade Strategy in the USA, Linda Weiss and Elizabeth Thurbon
    9. Sectoral Conflict and U.S. Foreign Economic Policy, 1914-1940, Jeff Frieden
    * 10. Rational Idealism: The Political Economy of Internationalism in the United States and Great Britain, 1870-1945, Kevin Narizny
    PART 4. DOMESTIC INSTITUTIONS, ELECTORAL POLITICS, AND LOBBIES
    11. The United States Political System and International Leadership: A "Decidedly Inferior" Form of Government?, Michael Mastanduno
    * 12. Presidents, Congress, and the Use of Force, William G. Howell and Jon C. Pevehouse
    13. Political Conflict and Foreign Policy in the United States: A Geographical Interpretation, Peter L. Trubowitz
    14. The Israel Lobby, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt
    PART 5. NATIONAL VALUES, COLLECTIVE BELIEFS, AND MASS OPINION
    15. American Ideals Versus American Institutions, Samuel P. Huntington
    * 16. Whence American Internationalism, Jeffrey W. Legro
    * 17. The War over Iraq: Selling War to the American Public, Jon Western
    * 18. Bystanders to Genocide: Why the United States Let the Rwandan Tragedy Happen, Samantha Power
    PART 6. BUREAUCRATIC POLITICS AND ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE
    19. Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Graham T. Allison
    20. Are Bureaucracies Important? (Or Allison Wonderland), Stephen D. Krasner
    * 21. Ideas, Bureaucratic Politics, and the Crafting of Foreign Policy, Daniel W. Drezner
    * 22. Groupthink, Iraq, and the War on Terror: Explaining US Policy Shift Toward Iraq, Dina Badie
    PART 7. LEADERS, PERCEPTIONS, AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
    23. Cognitive Perspectives on Foreign Policy, Philip E. Tetlock and Charles B. McGuire, Jr.
    24. Hypotheses on Misperception, Robert Jervis
    * 25. Transformative Choices: Leaders and the Origins of Intervention Strategy, Elizabeth N. Saunders
    26. Seduction by Analogy in Vietnam: The Malaya and Korea Analogies, Yuen Foong Khong
    PART 8. THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
    27. Pull Back: The Case for a Less Activist Foreign Policy, Barry R. Posen
    * 28. Bucking Beijing: An Alternative U.S. China Policy, Aaron L. Friedberg
    29. The Future of the Liberal World Order, G. John Ikenberry
    * 30. Grand Strategy for a Divided America, Charles A. Kupchan and Peter L. Trubowitz