Obama and the World

New Directions in US Foreign Policy, 2nd Edition

Edited by Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller, Mark Ledwidge

© 2014 – Routledge

320 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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)

About the Series

Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General