Hook and Spanier's classic text celebrates its Twentieth Edition with more of the context and analysis that has long made it the standard for guiding students through the complexities of American foreign policy. With each new edition, recent developments confirm the book's overarching theme-that there is an American "style" of foreign policy imbued with a distinct sense of national exceptionalism. Giving students the historical context they need, the book allows them to grasp the functions and frequent dysfunctions of the nation's evolving foreign policy agenda. In this new edition, chapters covering the end of the Cold War have been combined and streamlined, making room for a new chapter that examines the aftershocks of the Arab Spring, political breakdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the rise of the Islamic State. The final chapter considers the revival of power politics in world politics, with Russia and China stepping up their attempts to weaken the United States and create a multipolar world. The book ends by reconsidering America's distinctive style of foreign policy and its resilience amid such turbulence since World War II.
Steven W. Hook is professor and former chair of political science at Kent State University. He has authored and edited numerous books, including U.S. Foreign Policy Today: American Renewal? (2012, with James M. Scott), Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy (2012, with Christopher Jones), Democratic Peace in Theory and Practice (2010), Comparative Foreign Policy (2002), and National Interest and Foreign Aid (1995). His journal articles have appeared in leading journals, including World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis. Professor Hook is a past president of the Foreign Policy Analysis sections of the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association. John Spanier received his PhD from Yale University. Since joining the faculty of the University of Florida in 1957, Spanier has lectured at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute, the Naval War College, military service academies, and several universities. Among his many other books is Games Nations Play.
Chapter 1 The American Approach to Foreign Policy Learning from Experience The Roots of American Primacy The American Sense of Destiny Self-Doubts, Revisionism, and Social Construction 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 Detente 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 The Pakistani Tinderbox Renewed Hostilities against Iraq Chapter 12 Looking Back, and Facing the Future Flashbacks to Vietnam Legacies of the Bush Era Obama's Call for "Renewal" American Hegemony at Risk Chapter 13 Aftershocks of the Arab Spring Mass Demands for Democracy Israel's Quest for Internal Security Iraq's Collapse and the ISIS Challenge The Afghan Muddle Chapter 14 The Revival of Power Politics Russia's Declaration of Cold War II China's Pacific Challenge Ongoing Threats of Nuclear Proliferation Rethinking American Power