President Obama’s first term in office was subject to intense criticism; not only did many feel that he had failed to live up to his leadership potential, but that he had actually continued the foreign policy framework of the George W. Bush era he was supposed to have abandoned. This edited volume examines whether these issues of continuity have been equally as prevalent during the president’s second term as his first.
Is Obama still acting within the foreign policy shadow of Bush, or has he been able to establish his own approach towards international affairs, distinct from his predecessor? Within this context, the volume also addresses the idea of legacy and whether Obama has succeeded in establishing his own distinct foreign policy doctrine. In addressing these questions, the chapters explore continuity and change from a range of perspectives in International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis, which are broadly representative of a spectrum of theoretical positions.
With contributions from a range of US foreign policy experts, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of US foreign policy, Foreign Policy Analysis and American politics.
[Jack Holland and Michelle Bentley]
Section 1: Power and tradition: Situating Obama’s Foreign Policy
1 Ending 'permanent war': Security and economy under Obama
2 Restraint and constraint: A cautious president in a time of limits
3 Obama as modern Jeffersonian
Section 2: The language and culture of the War on Terror
4 Ending the Unendable: The rhetorical legacy of the War on Terror
5 War on Terror II: Obama and the adaptive evolution of US counterterrorism
[Richard Jackson and Chin-Kuei Tsui]
6 Shifting binaries: The colonial legacy of Obama’s War on Terror
7 Identity, affective attachments, and US-Iranian nuclear posture
Section 3: Obama’s major challenges
8 Plus ça change? Reflecting on Obama’s nuclear agenda and legacy
[Jason Douglas and Andrew Futter]
9 The assassin in chief: Obama’s drone legacy
10 Hard choices in democracy promotion: Obama and Egypt
11 US-Russia relations in Obama’s second term: A damage limitation exercise
12 The US and China: Obama’s cautious engagement
13 Energy security under Obama: Some hope, but not much change
Section 4: The Obama Doctrine: Its place in history
14 For the record: (Re)constructing Obama’s foreign policy legacy
[Lee Jarvis and Michael Lister]
This new series sets out to publish high quality works by leading and emerging scholars critically engaging with United States Foreign Policy. The series welcomes a variety of approaches to the subject and draws on scholarship from international relations, security studies, international political economy, foreign policy analysis and contemporary international history.
Subjects covered include the role of administrations and institutions, the media, think tanks, ideologues and intellectuals, elites, transnational corporations, public opinion, and pressure groups in shaping foreign policy, US relations with individual nations, with global regions and global institutions and America’s evolving strategic and military policies.
The series aims to provide a range of books – from individual research monographs and edited collections to textbooks and supplemental reading for scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and students.