This book presents essays portraying the research program of Alexander George's scholarship in all its diversity and complexity. The research program examines subjects ranging from the role of beliefs in foreign policy-making to the factors involved in diplomacy and the use of force.
Introduction Part One: The Beliefs of Publics and Elites 1. U.S. Leadership Attitudes Toward the Soviet Union, 1976–1988 2. Aggressiveness, Involvement, and Commitment in Foreign Policy Attitudes From Faith to Failure: On the Erosion of Soviet Optimism 3. Part Two: Leaders and Central Decision-making Groups 4. Leaders and Foreign Policy Decision-making 5. Afghanistan, Carter, and Foreign Policy Change: The Limits of Cognitive Models 6. Dealing with Presidential Disability: The Assassination Attempt on Ronald Reagan and the 25th Amendment Part Three: Interest Group and Bureaucratic Politics and Processes 7. Command and Control in Crises: Mechanisms of Indirect Control 8. Avoiding Pathologies in Foreign Policy Decision Groups 9. Cycling Over Berlin: The Deadline and Wall Crises Part Four: Diplomacy and the Use of Force 10. Protracted Foreign Military Intervention: A Structured Focused Comparative Analysis 11. Maintaining Security Systems 12. International Multiple Advocacy in U.S. Foreign Policy