This book presents a conceptual framework for assessing the national interests of states. It contains case studies of how four U.S. presidents—Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, and Johnson—viewed U.S. national interests and case studies of probable future crises.
1. National Interest: What Is It? 2. When Is an Interest Vital? 3. Wilson's and Roosevelt's Perceptions of National Interest 4. Truman's and Johnson's Perceptions of National Interest 5. Comparing Presidential Decisions in Four Foreign Wars 6. Nixon's View of the U.S. National Interest in Cambodia 7. The National Security Council and the War Powers Act 8. The Panama Canal Issue 9. The Prospect of Quebec's Separation from Canada 10. The Threat of Race War in South Africa 11. Epilogue: The Challenge to Carter