American Foreign Policy: Theoretical Essays / Edition 5

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Featuring thought-provoking essays collected from scholarly journals, this highly respected reader provides an overview of the major, contending theories that shape U.S. foreign policy. Edited by one of the foremost authorities in the field, this volume contains selections written by leading scholars in U.S. foreign policy and international relations. The essays provide representative statements of the major contending explanations of American foreign policy and encourage readers to evaluate the issues that shape our foreign policy today.

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Editorial Reviews

Eikenberry (Georgetown U.) presents a collection of 28 previously- published journal articles by leading scholars representing the variety of theoretical approaches used to explain U.S. foreign policy and international relations. Topics include emerging democracies, executive-congressional relations, civil-military relations, and the influence of business interests on foreign policy decisions. The fourth edition includes new introductions at the beginning of each of the eight sections of the book, and nine new essays. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"I certainly would adopt American Foreign Policy for my course again. It is the best text that I have found for the interdisciplinary audience, and for linking some of the theoretical work I present in class to the policy discussions. The new additions seem to only enhance the quality of the book."—Navin Bapat, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Yes, I would absolutely adopt this text and recommend it to colleagues. It is ideal for a course structured around different levels of analysis in accounting for foreign policy decision-making. In its combination of theoretical diversity and attention to important historical case studies, it is head and shoulders above the competition."—Kyle Lascurettes, The George Washington University

"Ikenberry and Trubowitz have assembled a first-rate set of essays that are sure to help students understand how the United States interacts with the world around it. American Foreign Policy presents a wide array of perspectives and covers many of the important issues that concern policymakers in Washington. It is an ideal teaching device."—John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618918072
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is the author of AFTER VICTORY: INSTITUTIONS, STRATEGIC RESTRAINT, AND THE REBUILDING OF ORDER AFTER MAJOR WARS (Princeton, 2001), which won the 2002 Schroeder-Jervis Award presented by the American Political Science Association for the best book in international history and politics. Most recently, he is co-author of CRISIS OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY: WILSONIANISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY (Princeton 2009), which explores the Wilsonian legacy in contemporary American foreign policy. He is currently writing a book entitled LIBERAL LEVIATHAN: THE ORIGINS, CRISIS, AND TRANSFORMATION OF THE AMERICAN SYSTEM (Princeton, forthcoming). Ikenberry is the co-director of the Princeton Project on National Security, and he is the co-author, along with Anne-Marie Slaughter, of the final report, "Forging a World of Liberty Under Law."

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Table of Contents

I. The Problem of Explanation 1. Ole R. Holsti, "Models of International Relations and Foreign Policy" 2. W. Michael Reisman, "The United States and Multilateral Institutions" II. International Sources of Foreign Policy 3. Kenneth Waltz, "Anarchic Orders and Balances of Power" 4. Melvyn P. Leffler, "The American Conception of National Security and the Beginning of the Cold War, 1945-1948" 5. G. John Ikenberry, "Rethinking the Origins of American Hegemony" 6. Robert Kagan, "Power and Weakness" III. Capitalism, Class, and Foreign Policy 7. Jeff Frieden, "Sectoral Conflict and U.S. Foreign Economic Policy, 1914-1940" 8. Andrew J. Bacevich, "Strategy of Openness" 9. Robert Wade, "The Invisible Hand of the American Empire" IV. National Values, Liberal Ideas, and Democratic Institutions 10. Samuel Huntington, "American Ideals versus American Institutions" 11. Michael Mastanduno, "The U.S. Political System and International Leadership: A 'Decidedly Inferior' Form of Government?" 12. G. John Ikenberry, "America's Liberal Grand Strategy: Democracy and National Security in the Post-" 13. Robert Keohane, "The Ironies of Sovereignty: The European Union and the United States" V. Public Opinion, Policy Legitimacy, and Sectional Conflict 14. Michael Roskin, "From Pearl Harbor to Vietnam: Shifting Generational Paradigms and Foreign Policy" 15. Alexander George, "Domestic Constraints on Regime Change in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Need for Policy Legitimacy" 16. Ben Page, "Who Influences U.S. Foreign Policy?" 17. Peter Trubowitz, "Political Conflict and Foreign Policy in the United States: A Geographical Interpretation" VI. Bureaucratic Politics and Organizational Culture 18. Graham T. Allison, "Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis" 19. Stephen D. Krasner, "Are Bureaucracies Important? (Or Allison Wonderland)" 20. Alan J. Kuperman, "The Stinger Missle and U.S. Intervention in Afghanistan" VII. Perceptions, Personality, and Social Psychology 21. Robert Jervis, "Hypotheses on Misperception" 22. Philip Tetlock and Charles McGuire, "Cognitive Perspectives on Foreign Policy" 23. Yueng Foong Knong, "Seduction by Analogy in Vietnam: The Malaya and Korea Analogies" 24. David G. Winter, Margaret G. Hermann, Walter Weintraub, and Stephen G. Walker, "The Personalities of Bush and Gorbachev Measured at a Distance" VIII. Theoretical Debates After 11/9 and 9/11 25. Samuel Huntington, "The Lonely Superpower" 26. Charles Krauthammer, "The Unipolar Era" 27. G. John Ikenberry, "America's Imperial Ambition" 28. Robert Jervis, "Understanding the Bush Doctrine"

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