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American Foreign Policy Since World War II

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.
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