American Foreign Policy: Past, Present, Future / Edition 7

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This text brings together 3 key elements for both students and professors. It provides an overview of the historical information to make sense of current U.S. foreign policy; it supplies case studies to give students grounding in key events in U.S. foreign policy and information on contemporary issues; and it incorporates concepts that structure an investigation into U.S. foreign policy. The focus is on U.S. policy itself and not on U.S. foreign policy toward specific regions or issues.

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This is a new edition of a textbook on the history, institutions, and domestic and international politics of American foreign policy; it focuses primarily on the Cold War period and beyond. Hastedt (James Madison U.) promotes his own views rather than simply reviewing the literature and focuses on policy tools over foreign problems. Finally he sketches pictures of alternative futures advocated by political thinkers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136037507
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/26/2008
  • Series: MySearchLab Series 15% off Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Global Context of American Foreign Policy
Ch. 1 The Global Setting of American Foreign Policy 1
Ch. 2 The Emerging Foreign Policy Agenda 16
Pt. II The Historical Context of American Foreign Policy
Ch. 3 The American National Style 30
Ch. 4 Post-Vietnam U.S. Foreign Policy 49
Ch. 5 Learning from the Past 86
Pt. III The Foreign Affairs Government
Ch. 6 The Domestic Context of American Foreign Policy 125
Ch. 7 The Constitution and Foreign Affairs 160
Ch. 8 The Presidency 184
Ch. 9 Congress and Foreign Policy 201
Ch. 10 The Foreign Affairs Bureaucracy 218
Pt. IV Foreign Policy Making
Ch. 11 Models of Policy Making: Overview 244
Ch. 12 Decision Making: Case Studies 259
Pt. V Policy Tools
Ch. 13 Diplomacy 289
Ch. 14 Covert Action 311
Ch. 15 The Economic Instruments 335
Ch. 16 Military Power 355
Ch. 17 Arms Control and Missile Defense 387
Pt. VI Conclusion
Ch. 18 Alternative Futures 409
Index 424
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For more than one decade American foreign policy seemed to be adrift. The cold war had ended, but the post-cold war era had yet to take on a defining characteristic. For many, the post-cold war era offered the prospect of realizing goals and objectives long held to be unattainable because of the demands of national security considerations. It was a moment to be seized and acted upon. For others, little had changed in the game of world politics. Bold initiatives to build a new world order were to be shunned in favor of policies designed to preserve American hegemony or maintain a favorable balance of power. Finally, for some the post-cold war era appeared to offer an opportunity to adopt an isolationist foreign policy that would protect America from the corrupting consequences that followed from involving itself in the affairs of others.

The scope, intensity, and pace of the debate on the future direction of American foreign policy in the post-cold war era changed with dramatic suddenness on September 11, 2001, with the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. For at least a moment, the shape of the post-cold war era became clear to most Americans and the need for debate about the content and conduct of American foreign policy was no longer self-evident. Yet, before the month had ended newspaper accounts began to record expressions of doubt and caution about the feasibility of the original set of foreign policy goals set forward by President George W. Bush, the language being used to frame the issue, and the proper American response.

The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon thus did not mark the end of debate over Americanforeign policy. Instead, it marked a new reference point for the debate as it moves forward. We continue to need to understand where we have been, where we are today, and where we want to go. Choices continue to exist. We can continue to find reasons for optimism and pessimism as we look to the future.

Conceptually and organizationally, the fifth edition of American Foreign Policy: Past, Present, Future remains the same. Part I examines the global context of American foreign policy. Two chapters look at the global setting and the emerging foreign policy agenda. Part II examines the historical context of American foreign policy. Chapters in this section deal with post-Vietnam foreign policy and learning from the past. Part III examines the foreign affairs government. It includes chapters on the domestic context of American foreign policy, the Constitution and foreign affairs, and the political institutions that play leading roles in the making of American foreign policy. Part IV looks at the process by which foreign policy is made. One chapter examines models of policy making and the other presents a series of case studies. Part V presents an overview of the policy tools at the disposal of policy makers. A focus on policy tools rather than problems is used because this type of discussion can be readily directed at whatever current foreign policy problems sit atop the agenda. Part VI concludes the discussion of American foreign policy with a survey of alternative futures. Each future is discussed in terms of (1) the major threat to American security interests, (2) the responsibility of the United States to other countries, and (3) the responsibility of the United States to the global community.

Material in each chapter has been updated to include recent events in American foreign policy. Sections on terrorism have been included in Chapter 2's discussion of the emerging foreign policy agenda, Chapter 16's discussion of military power, and Chapter 18's discussion of alternative futures. The discussion of several of the alternative futures has been updated to make them more relevant to the current situation. In addition, several chapters have been reorganized to incorporate new information. The discussion in Chapter 17 on economic policy has been recast to better capture the distinction between the American general strategic orientation to international economic policy and specific tactics. Chapter 6 on domestic influences now contains discussions of political protest and religious interest groups. Chapter 8 on the presidency now contains a discussion on presidential foreign policy transitions. And Chapter 13 on diplomacy now includes a discussion on the United Nations.

I would like to thank the following reviewers: Shannon Blanton, University of Memphis; Chris Van Allen Winthrop University; Guoli Liu, College of Charleston; and Lui Hebron, Florida International University.

Glenn P. Hastedt

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