Presidents and Foreign Policy: Countdown to Ten Controversial Decisions / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Examines ten important and controversial U.S. presidential foreign policy decisions in the post-World War II period, including one major controversy for each president from Truman to Clinton.
Presidents and Foreign Policy examines countdowns to ten important and controversial decisions in the post-World War II period, using the case study approach. The authors include one major controversy for each president from Truman to Clinton. The cases cover central issues of diplomacy, war and peace, and covert action that shaped the Cold War period and its aftermath in all major areas of the world.
After reviewing the historical background of each decision, each case examines the foreign and domestic policy context, the effectiveness of presidential decision-making, and results of the decision. The reader is challenged to think about each decision by responding to a unique evaluation scheme the authors developed and tested.
About the Author
Edward R. Drachman is Associate Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo. He is the author of Challenging the Kremlin: The Soviet Jewish Movement for Freedom, 1967–1990 and United States Policy Toward Vietnam.
Alan Shank is Chair and Professor of Political Science at State University of New York, College at Geneseo. He is coeditor (with Martin Fausold) of The Constitution and the American Presidency, also published by SUNY Press, and author of Presidential Policy Leadership: Kennedy and Social Welfare.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Richard M. Pious
Chapter 1 President Truman's Decision Not to Extend Diplomatic Recognition to the People's Republic of China
Chapter 2 President Eisenhower's Decision to Oppose the British-French-Israeli Invasion of Suez
Chapter 3 President Kennedy's Decision to Support the Bay of Pigs Invasion
Chapter 4 President Johnson's Decision to End the U.S. Escalation of the Vietnam War
Chapter 5 President Nixon's Decision to Order an Incursion into Cambodia
Chapter 6 President Ford's Decision to Intervene in the Angolan Civil War
Chapter 7 President Carter's Decision to Boycott the 1980 Summery Olympic Games in Moscow
Chapter 8 President Reagan's Decision to Bomb Libya
Chapter 9 President Bush's Decision to End the Persian Gulf War at 100 Hours
Chapter 10 President Clinton's Decision to Use Military Force to Restore President Aristide to Office in Haiti
Appendix A Case Study Structure for Analyzing Controversial Presidential Foreign Policy Decisions
Appendix B Suggested Topics for Additional Controversial Presidential Foreign Policy Decisions
Appendix C Student Evaluation of Controversial Presidential Foreign Policy Decisions