Decisions and Dilemmas: Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policy Making Since 1945
Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policy Making Since 1945
This book's unique combination of case studies and commentaries provides the basis for a systematic discussion of the role of individual leaders and complex institutions in U.S. foreign policy making. The case studies present routine and urgent, controversial and consensus-driven decisions in nine presidential administrations--"from Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan in 1945, to George W. Bush's responses to international terrorism in the wake of 9/11. Each chapter includes essential background information, a chronology of events, and primary source documents. Through all these elements, even students with little or no background in history will gain a new understanding of how presidents, institutions, and issues all shape American foreign policy.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Truman and the Hiroshima Bomb; 2. Eisenhower and Arms Control; 3. Kennedy, Johnson and Southeast Asia; 4. Nixon, Ford, and the Era of Detente; 5. Carter and the Panama Canal Treaties; 6. Reagan and the Iran-Contra Affair; 7. George H.W. Bush and the Invasion of Panama; 8. Clinton and Northern Ireland; 9. George W. Bush and 9/11; Notes; Index