This significantly revised, updated and extended second edition of New Directions in US Foreign Policy retains the strongest aspects of its original structure but adds a comprehensive account of the latest theoretical perspectives, the key actors and issues, and new policy directions. Offering a detailed and systematic outline of the field, this text:
- Explains how international relations theories such as realism, liberalism and constructivism can help us to interpret US foreign policy under President Obama
- Examines the key influential actors shaping foreign policy, from political parties and think tanks to religious groups and public opinion
- Explores the most important new policy directions under the Obama administration from the Arab Spring and the rise of China to African policy and multilateralism
- Supplies succinct presentation of relevant case material, and provides recommendations for further reading and web sources for pursuing future research.
Written by a distinguished line-up of contributors actively engaged in original research on the topics covered, and featuring twelve brand new chapters, this text provides a unique platform for rigorous debate over the contentious issues that surround US foreign policy. This wide-ranging text is essential reading for all students and scholars of US foreign policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Obama – Promise And Performance (Editors) Theories 1. Obama: A More Realist Foreign Policy? – (Nick Kitchen, LSE, UK) 2. Obama And The War On Terror: A Constructivist Analysis – Richard Jackson (Otago, Nz) And Matt Mcdonald (Adelaide, Australia) 3. Whither Neoconservatism After Bush? – Rob Singh (Birkbeck, UK) 4. Obama, Liberalism And Foreign Policy – Tim Lynch (Melbourne, Australia) 5. Marxism And US Foreign Policy – Doug Stokes (Kent, UK) and David Maher (Kent, UK) 6. Cosmopolitanism And The Obama Administration - Mark Ledwidge (Canterbury Christchurch, UK) 7. Hegemonic Transition Theory And American Power Today – Adam Quinn (Birmingham, UK) Non-State Actors 8. Obama And Bipartisanship In Foreign Policy – Steven Hurst (Manchester Metropolitan, UK) 9. Think Tanks And US Foreign Policy – Donald Abelson (Western Ontario, Canada) 10. The Tea Party And Christian Evangelicals – Lee Marsden (Uea, UK) 11. Public Opinion And US Foreign Policy – Jim Mccormick (Iowa State, US) New Problems, Paradigms And Policies 12. Corporate elite Networks and US foreign policy: the revolving door and the open door under Obama, Bastiaan Van Apeldoorn and Nana de Graaff, 13. Africa And The Obama Administration – George Kieh (Univ Of W Georgia) 14. The Militarisation Of US Intelligence – Mark Phythian And Trevor Mccrisken (Leicester; Warwick, UK) 15. Transatlantic relations and US foreign policy, – David Dunn (Birmingham, UK) and Dr Benjamin Zala (Leicester, UK) 16. The US pivot to the Asia Pacific – Oliver Turner 17. The Arab Spring And The Obama Administration – Linda B. Miller (Brown, US) 18. Wikileaks – The New Pentagon Papers? – Inderjeet Parmar (City University London, UK) 19. The United States and the UN: return to the fold? – Craig N. Murphy (Wellesley/U. Mass, Boston, US) 20. American Power, patterns of rise and decline – Ketan Patel (Global Pacific Investors, UK) and Christian Hansmeyer (Greater Pacific Capital Chinese Office) 21. Presidents’ agenda: the decisions that will shape US-China Relations, Ketan Patel (Global Pacific Investors, UK) and Christian Hansmeyer (Greater Pacific Capital Chinese Office) Afterword: Securing Freedom: Obama, the NSA, and US foreign Policy – Andrew Hammond (University of Warwick, UK) and Richard J. Aldrich (University of Warwick)