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2nd Edition

US Foreign Policy in Action
An Innovative Teaching Text

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ISBN 9780367616021
February 10, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

U.S. Foreign Policy in Action represents a distinctive offering in the US Foreign Policy textbook market. It combines a primer on US foreign policy with case studies and active learning exercises to put the history, theory, institutions, and actors in motion. It offers a framework for analyzing the foreign policy decision-making process through a lens of political debate and exchange. While many textbooks on the market today address relevant theories and issues in foreign policy analysis, few provide students with a rich understanding of the politics behind clashing perspectives on contemporary foreign policy challenges. Fewer still offer exercises for engagement in the dynamics of foreign policy decisions--embedded directly in the text to help guide instructors and students. In short, this book presents an exciting alternative for teachers and students of US foreign policy. It is designed to bring the politics of foreign policy to life—encouraging critical reflection on contending perspectives in political debates, detailing relevant historical background, promoting research and engagement, and providing analytical exercises in resolving foreign policy dilemmas. It is intended to serve as a core text for classes on US foreign policy and will also appeal to a broad audience interested in trends in foreign policy decision-making in the Trump administration and beyond. New to the Second Edition • Award winning teacher-scholar Jeffrey Lantis is joined by Patrick Homan whose research focuses on US foreign policy dynamics including the role of Congress in the foreign policy process and the politics of arms control. Homan has taught US foreign policy successfully using the first edition of the Lantis textbook and joins a variety of loyal adopters in giving input into the second edition. • Updated issues include Trump administration policies including immigration and trade, the expanding power of the presidency, foreign interference in US elections, complex party dynamics, factionalism, the rise of advocacy coalitions, and new challenges like the global Covid-19 pandemic, considered in the context of other human security crises including climate change, famine, and trafficking. • The integration of different types of active learning techniques into the text including new table-top exercises on topics like global health and updated “Learning through Technology,” Exploring Further,” and “Case in Point” boxes as well as updated Discussion Questions, Suggested Readings, and Online Resources in every chapter.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Maps and Figures

Photo credit List

Preface and Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy

Chapter 2: U.S. Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy

Chapter 3: History of U.S. Foreign Policy: A Noble Struggle?

Chapter 4: Modern History of U.S. Foreign Policy

Chapter 5: Key Institutions: Branches of Government

Chapter 6: Leadership in Action: Debating American Engagement with the World

Chapter 7: Bureaucracies and Unelected Actors

Chapter 8: Bureaucracies in Action: A National Security Council Simulation

Chapter 9: Interest Groups and Political Parties

Chapter 10: Interest Groups in Action: Case Studies

Chapter 11: Public Opinion and the Media

Chapter 12: Public Opinion and the Media in Action

Chapter 13: Blended and Hybrid Approaches to Studying Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy


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Jeffrey S. Lantis is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the interdisciplinary Global & International Studies Program at The College of Wooster. He is also an Editor of International Studies Perspectives, an ISA flagship journal. He is author of several books and articles, most recently, Foreign Policy Advocacy and Entrepreneurship: How a New Generation in Congress is Shaping U.S. Engagement with the World (University of Michigan Press, 2019) and (co-authored with Patrick Homan) The Battle for U.S. Foreign Policy: Congress, Parties, and Factions in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan 2020). He received the Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award from the Active Learning in International Affairs Section of ISA in March of 2020.

 Patrick Homan is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. He is author of Getting to 67: The Post-Cold War Politics of Arms Control Treaty Ratification (Routledge 2015) and (co-authored with Jeffrey Lantis) The Battle for U.S. Foreign Policy: Congress, Parties, and Factions in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan 2020). Homan has worked extensively on pedagogy related initiatives including co-teaching courses with other disciplines, teaching with film, using geography in the class-room, and has received a grant and training from the Interfaith Youth Core for teaching interfaith studies.