This book integrates the study of presidential politics and foreign policy-making from the Vietnam aftermath to the events following September 11 and the Iraqi War. Focusing on the relationship between presidents' foreign policy agendas and domestic politics, it offers compelling portraits of presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II. In the course of comparing the efforts of these presidents to articulate a clear conception of the national interest and to forge a foreign policy consensus, the author shows the key role of public opinion in constraining presidential initiatives, in particular the decision to use military force overseas. Never more timely, this popular text is appropriate for courses in U.S. foreign policy, the presidency, or contemporary U.S. politics.
Preface; Part One: The Rise and Fall of the Cold War Consensus; Chapter 1. In Search of Consensus; The Elements of Consensus; After Vietnam; After the Cold War; After September 11; Foreign Policy Legitimation; Part Two: American Foreign Policy After Vietnam; Chapter 2. The Nixon Administration; The New Majority; Peace with Honor; A Full Generation of Peace; A New Foreign Policy Consensus? Chapter 3. The Carter Administration; The People's President; A Complex New World; The Arc of Crisis; A New Foreign Policy Consensus? Chapter 4. The Reagan Administration; We the People; A Shining City on the Hill; The "Rescue Mission" and the "Democratic Resistance"; A New Foreign Policy Consensus? Part Three: The Post-Cold War Interlude; Chapter 5. The Bush Administration; The Procedural President; From Containment to the New World Order; A New Foreign Policy Consensus? Chapter 6. The Clinton Administration; The Governor-President; The Dilemmas of Armed Intervention; A Strategy of Engagement and Enlargement; A New Foreign Policy Consensus?; Part Four: The Global War on Terror; Chapter 7. The George W. Bush Administration; The Compassionate Conservative; 9/11 and Operation Enduring Freedom; A Strategy of Prevention and Enlargement; A New Foreign Policy Consensus? Part Five: Conclusions; Chapter 8. American Foreign Policy Since Nixon; The Nixon Administration; The Carter Administration; The Reagan Administration; The Bush Administration; The Clinton Administration; The George W. Bush Administration Bibliography; Index