US Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century: Gulliver's Travails (Dilemmas in World Politics)

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The issues raised by the Iraq War are symptomatic of larger phenomena that will continue to preoccupy American foreign policy makers well into the twenty-first century. The war on terror, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, humanitarian intervention, and a litany of other concerns on the foreign policy agenda pose complex dilemmas for which there are no simple answers. Through lucid, lively analysis, as well as multiple illustrations and case studies, US Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century explores the difficult choices that confront the United States today in a complicated and often dangerous post-Cold War environment. Author J. Martin Rochester engages students in an intelligent examination of American foreign policy past, present, and future, involving them in critical thinking about how foreign policy is made, what factors affect foreign policy decisions and behavior, and how one might go about not only describing and explaining foreign policy but also evaluating it and prescribing solutions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343693
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/24/2007
  • Series: Dilemmas in World Politics
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. J. Martin Rochester is Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the author of several books and articles on international politics, organization, and law.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     xi
Preface     xiii
Gulliver's Travails: America and the World     1
A World of Troubles     2
"It's Foreign Policy, Stupid"     5
An Overview of the Post-Cold War International System     8
The Plan of the Book     18
Thinking About Foreign Policy: Analyzing the Iraq War and Other Decisions     21
What Is Foreign Policy?: Definitional Problems     21
How to Analyze Foreign Policy: Alternative Modes of Inquiry     25
Doing Empirical Analysis of Foreign Policy     26
Doing Evaluative Analysis of Foreign Policy     34
A Case Study of the US Decision to Invade Iraq in 2003     38
US Foreign Policy from George W. to George W.: Patterns and Determinants     57
Continuity and Change in American Foreign Policy     58
The First Century of US Foreign Policy: The Luxury of Isolationism     60
US Foreign Policy Between 1898 and 1945: The Transition to a World Power     66
US Foreign Policy During the Cold War: The Shift to Globalism     76
US Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era: Deja Vu All Over Again?     88
US Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century: The Contemporary Debate     91
Beyond Containment     99
Neoconservatism     107
Liberal Internationalism     114
Realism     123
Whither US Foreign Policy?     127
Current US Foreign Policy Dilemmas: Cases     131
The War on Terror     132
The Bush Doctrine and Self-Defense     139
Controlling Weapons of Mass Destruction     142
Humanitarian Intervention     148
The International Criminal Court     154
US Foreign Policy and the Future     161
America's Role in the Post-Cold War World     162
Should We Be Optimistic or Pessimistic About the Future?     166
Conclusion: Toward a More Astute Foreign Policy     169
Notes     173
Suggested Reading     203
Index     207
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