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American Foreign Policy Since World War II
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American Foreign Policy Since World War II

21st Edition (International Student Edition)


March 2018 | 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.
 
Preface
 
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

 
 
Appendixes

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