1st Edition

The Ashgate Research Companion to US Foreign Policy

By Robert J. Pauly, Jr. Copyright 2010

    Examining the past, present and future formulation and implementation of US foreign policy, this research companion provides a range of interpretations of the topic so that the reader comes away with a clear knowledge of the academic and policy debates that define the field. The volume focuses on American foreign policy from both historical and political science analytical perspectives and divides into three sections: -

    Contents: Introduction, Robert J. Pauly Jr; Section I Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on US Foreign Policy: America's emergence as a global power, Robert J. Pauly Jr; US foreign policy during the Cold War, Robert J. Pauly Jr; An era of global change: the post-Cold War years, Brian Anderson; International relations theory and US foreign policy, Bohdan S. Sawycky; Containment, neo-realism and US foreign policy during the Cold War, Daniel Graeber; Alternative theoretical perspectives on US foreign policy, Melodee Baines; 'Constructing' US foreign policy: past, present and future, Jack Covarrubias. Section II Regional Perspectives on US Foreign Policy: Europe, Tom Lansford; The greater Middle East, Clayton Chun; China and the Far East, B.J. Jordan; Latin America, Russell W. Ramsey; Africa, Jack Kalpakian. Section III US Foreign Policy During the Post-Cold War Era: US foreign policy in the post-9/11 world, Robert J. Pauly Jr; The globalization of US foreign policy, Shahdad Naghshpour and Joseph J. St Marie; A nexus of terrorism: security, globalization and political economy, Shahdad Naghshpour and Joseph J. St Marie; Nation/state building, democratization and US foreign policy, Robert J. Pauly Jr; Conclusions, Robert J. Pauly Jr; Bibliography; Index.


    Robert J. Pauly, Jr., is Associate Director of the International Development Program, and Assistant Professor of Political Science, at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Long Beach, Mississippi, USA

    'This book draws from a unique combination of history, political science and international relations theories to provide a solid understanding of how US foreign policy has evolved through the past two centuries. The authoritative and well-researched chapters highlight how this evolution shapes the choices available to US foreign policymakers today. Overall, this is a very useful and welcome contribution to the literature.' James Forest, US Military Academy, West Point, USA 'Robert Pauly has compiled an insightful and informative volume. The Ashgate Research Companion to US Foreign Policy is an important contribution to understanding American foreign policy in the modern era. The assembled authors successfully examine foreign policy as a function of American politics and American interests, as well as a significant consideration of the impact American policy has had in regions around the globe. Notable contributions include Dr Brian Anderson’s chapter on American foreign policy in the post-Cold War Years and Pauly’s work on post-9/11 policy. Taken together the chapters provide a firm foundation for understanding American foreign policy as it shifts from confronting communism to fighting a more illusive enemy in the shape of global terrorism.' Thomas Velek, Mississippi University for Women, USA