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Contemporary American Foreign Policy
Influences, Challenges, and Opportunities

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February 2016 | 568 pages | CQ Press

Contemporary American Foreign Policy: Influences, Challenges, and Opportunities looks at today’s most pressing foreign-policy challenges from a U.S. perspective, as well as from the vantage point of other states and peoples. It explores global issues such as human rights, climate change, poverty, nuclear arms proliferation, and economic collapse from multiple angles, not just through a so-called national interest lens. Authors Richard Mansbach and Kirsten L. Taylor shed new light on the competing forces that influence foreign-policy decision making, outline the various policy options available to decision makers, and explore the potential consequences of those policies, all to fully grasp and work to meet contemporary foreign-policy challenges.

 
Introduction
Competing Models of U.S. Foreign Policy  
Organization of the Book  
Pedagogical Tools  
 
Part I. Policy Orientations
 
Chapter 1: Sources of American Foreign Policy
The Linkage of Domestic and Foreign Policies  
Sources of Foreign-Policy Influence  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 2: Competing Currents in U.S. Foreign Policy
Competing Currents  
Past: Competing Currents in Historical Perspective  
Present: The Impact of 9/11  
Conclusion: Engagement or Disengagement?  
 
Part II. Challenges in Key Issue Areas
 
Chapter 3: American Military Strategy in an Era of Power Diffusion
Sources of U.S. Military Strategy  
Past: Managing Superpower Rivalry  
Present: Grand Strategy in a Changing World  
Future: Adapting to a Changing Environment  
Conclusion: A Changing Strategic Environment  
 
Chapter 4: America and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Past: Proliferation in the First Nuclear Age  
Present: Proliferation in the Second Nuclear Age  
Nonproliferation and the Future  
Conclusion: A Dangerous World  
 
Chapter 5: An American Economic Conundrum: Neoliberalism or Neo-Mercantilism?
Sources of U.S. Foreign Economic Policy  
Past: The Evolution of U.S. Foreign Economic Policy  
Present: Contemporary Economic Challenges  
Future: Foreign Economic Policy  
Conclusion: America and the Globalized Economy  
 
Chapter 6: Democracy and Human Rights: Legitimate Objectives of American Policy?
Sources of U.S. Human-Rights Policies  
Past: Discerning Trends in U.S. Human Rights Policy  
Present: Recent Challenges to Democracy Promotion and Human Rights  
Future: Promoting Democracy and Human Rights  
Human Rights and National Security  
Conclusion: An Inconsistent Human Rights Record  
 
Chapter 7: The U.S. and the Global South: Practicing Intervention, Aid, and Neglect
Sources of U.S. Aid and Intervention  
Past: U.S. Aid and Intervention  
Present: Challenges in the Global South  
Future: Balancing Aid, Intervention, and Neglect  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 8: Energy and the Environment: The Limits of U.S. Leadership
Sources of U.S. Environmental and Energy Policies  
Past: Changing Trends in U.S. Environmental Leadership  
Future: Environmental and Energy Alternatives  
Conclusion: Environment and Energy Issues  
 
Part III: Challenges in Key Regions and Countries
 
Chapter 9: America and the Palestinian-Israeli Imbroglio
Sources of U.S. Policy toward Israel  
Past: From Israel’s Birth to the Six-Day War, 1948-1967  
Present, 1967-2015  
Future: Disputed Issues  
Conclusion: Is Peace Possible?  
 
Chapter 10: Arab Spring or Arab Winter?
Sources of U.S. Policy toward the Arab World  
Past: Before the Arab Spring  
Present: Stirrings of Spring  
Future: An Arab Winter?  
Conclusion: Arab Spring or Arab Winter?  
 
Chapter 11: America and Radical Islam
Sources of U.S. Policy toward Terrorism  
The Islamic Past  
Present: The War on Terror  
Future: Is the War on Terror Over?  
Conclusion: Have We Won?  
 
Chapter 12: The United States and China: Engagement or Containment?
Sources of American Policy toward China  
Past: From Hostility to Engagement  
Present: Partners or Adversaries?  
Future: Balancing Cooperation and Conflict  
Conclusion: Containment or Engagement?  
 
Chapter 13: America, Europe, and NATO: A Changing Partnership
Sources of U.S. Policy toward Europe  
Past: The New World and the Old  
Present: NATO’s Changing Mission  
Future: NATO Reinvented  
Conclusion: NATO Redux  
 
Chapter 14: America and Russia: Values versus Power
Past: A Bipolar World  
Present: From Cooperation to Conflict  
Future: Churchill’s “Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery inside an Enigma”  
Conclusion: Did the “Reset” Succeed?  
 
Part IV: Conclusion
 
Chapter 15: Conclusion: America, a Wary Hegemon
The Evolution of American Foreign Policy before the Cold War  
After the Cold War  
Contemporary Foreign-Policy Challenges  
What Next?  

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“Mansbach and Taylor’s practical, solution-oriented approach is novel and valuable. Its use of levels of analysis for causal factors and the way that it conscientiously includes important components of the global environment often neglected in other texts are just some of the factors that set it apart.”

Alynna Lyon
University of New Hampshire

“Manbach and Taylor enliven the subject matter and make it relevant to current situations. Each chapter provides an effective overview of the historical context and contemporary importance of a significant foreign policy issue, providing needed perspective that combines strong scholarship and engaging writing.”

James Seroka
Auburn University

“Mansbach and Taylor provide a thoroughly up-to-date, useful pedagogical tool for studying and learning about U.S. foreign policy. Contemporary American Foreign Policy is particularly strong in its assessments of the opportunities and constraints relative to various foreign policy options presented to the American Foreign Policy Establishment. Its strongest assets lie in its incorporation of an issue areas–approach to foreign affairs and in its various case studies.” 

Matt Caverly
University of North Florida

“Mansbach and Taylor present a timely, comprehensive, and engaging text, involving readers in the evaluation of each policy by showing positive and negative outcomes, as well as policy alternatives and approaches for analysis.  Contemporary American Foreign Policy will be attractive to both upper division and lower division undergraduates alike.” 

Martha Cottam
Washington State University

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