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American Foreign Policy Since World War II - International Student Edition

American Foreign Policy Since World War II - International Student Edition

21st Edition (International Student Edition)

March 2018 | 488 pages | CQ Press
American Foreign Policy since World War II has long set the standard in guiding students through the complexities of the field.  This twenty-first edition features three new chapters that examine the aftershocks of the Arab Spring and the revival of power politics and discuss the implications of a changing American policy under the Trump presidency.  Providing the historical context students need, this book helps them to grasp the functions and frequent dysfunctions of the nation’s foreign policy agenda with historical insight into modern policy context.
Chapter 1 The American Approach to Foreign Policy
Learning from Experience

The Roots of American Primacy

Destiny and Moral Mission

A Skeptical View of Power Politics

U.S. Exceptionalism and Exceptions

Part I: The Cold War
Chapter 2 From World War to Cold War
American Wartime Illusions

The Russo-Soviet Approach to Foreign Policy

Soviet Expansion after World War II

The Strategy of Containment

Declaring Cold War: The Truman Doctrine

Chapter 3 Containment: From Theory to Practice
New Economic and Military Structures

Reviving the Western European Allies

Confronting Revolution in East Asia

Domestic Pressures for a Global Crusade

Eisenhower’s “New Look” in Foreign Policy

Chapter 4 North-South Tensions and the Vietnam War
Developing Countries in the Crossfire

Regional Conflicts in Latin America

Vietnam: The Limits of Containment

Chapter 5 Détente and World-Order Politics
Managing the Superpower Rivalry

Carter’s Quest for World Order

War and Peace in the Middle East

Blowback and the Soviet Power Play

Chapter 6 Breakthroughs in the Superpower Struggle
Reagan’s Rhetorical Offensive

Expanding U.S. Military Forces

“Rollback” in Developing Countries

Alliance Politics in the Late Cold War

From Confrontation to Conciliation

Chapter 7 The End of the Cold War
Bush’s Management of the Soviet Collapse

Endgame: The Collapse of the Core

Reasons for the Soviet Collapse

A Final Appraisal

Part II: The New World “Disorder”
Chapter 8 Old Tensions in a New Order
Great Expectations after the Cold War

Clinton’s Embrace of “Geoeconomics”

Sources of Global Fragmentation

War and Peace in the Middle East

The Plight of “Failed States”

Lessons from the Regional Crises

Chapter 9 The Shifting European Landscape
Western Europe: From Community to Union

Jump-Starting Democracy in Eastern Europe

NATO’s Search for a New Mission

“Ethnic Cleansing” in the Balkans

U.S.-Russian Relations under Stress

Chapter 10 America under Fire
Strains in the Unipolar Order

The Growing Threat of “Sacred Terror”

Terror in the Morning Sky

Elements of Counterterrorism

A Grand Strategy of Primacy and Preemption

Chapter 11 Hot Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
The Afghanistan Campaign

Renewed Hostilities against Iraq

Flashbacks to Vietnam

Chapter 12 Aftershocks of the Arab Spring
Obama’s Call for Renewal

Mass Demands for Democracy

Iraq’s Collapse and the ISIS Challenge

The Afghan Muddle

Chapter 13 The Revival of Power Politics
Cold War II with Russia

The Powers and their Calculations

China’s Pacific Challenge

Israel’s Shadow in the Middle East

Ongoing Threats of Nuclear Proliferation

Chapter 14 The End of the American Century?
Internal Threats to Democracy

Trump and Turmoil

Rethinking American Power


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ISBN: 9781544326856