2nd Edition

Obama and the World New Directions in US Foreign Policy

Edited By Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller, Mark Ledwidge Copyright 2014
    342 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    342 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

     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.

    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)


    Inderjeet Parmar is Professor of International Politics, City University London, UK.
    Linda B. Miller is an Adjunct Professor of International Studies at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and Professor of Political Science Emerita at Wellesley College, USA.
    Mark Ledwidge is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.