No nation has maintained such an immense stature in world politics as the United States has since the Cold War's end. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, prompting the global war on terrorism and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, along with American economic and "soft power" primacy, there has been increased interest in and scrutiny of American foreign policy. The Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy brings together leading experts in the field to examine current trends in the way scholars study the history and theories of American conduct in the world, analysis of state and non-state actors and their tools in conducting policy, and the dynamics of a variety of pressing transnational challenges facing the United States. This volume provides a systematic overview of all aspects of American foreign policy and drives the agenda for further, cutting edge research. Contributors bring analytic depth and breadth to both the ways in which this subject is approached and the substance of policy formulation and process.
The Handbook is an invaluable resource to students, researchers, scholars, and journalists trying to make sense of the broader debates in international relations.
Steven W. Hook is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Kent State University. Christopher M. Jones is professor of Political Science and associate vice provost for university honors at Northern Illinois University.
Part I: Research Traditions and Historical Experience 1. The Study of American Foreign Policy Margaret G. Hermann 2. Diplomatic History James M. McCormick 3. America in the Cold War Robert D. Schulzinger 4. The Post-Cold War Era Steven W. Hook Part II: Theoretical Perspectives 5. Realism Henry R. Nau 6. Liberalism Alynna J. Lyon 7. Critical Theories Howard J. Wiarda and Ann P. Kryzanek 8. Constructivism Jennifer Sterling-Folker and Dina Badie 9. Bureaucratic Politics Christopher M. Jones 10. Individual and Group Decision Making Mark Schafer Part III: State Actors 11. The Presidency Glenn P. Hastedt 12. The National Security Council Vincent A. Auger 13. The Department of State Jerel Rosati and Scott DeWitt 14. The Department of Defense Peter J. Dombrowski 15. National Security Intelligence Loch K. Johnson 16. The Foreign Economic Bureaucracy I.M. "Mac" Destler 17. Congress Ralph G. Carter and James M. Scott 18. Law and Courts Gordon Silverstein Part IV: Non-State Actors 19. Public Opinion Douglas C. Foyle 20. News Media Douglas A. Van Belle 21. Interest Groups Patrick J. Haney 22. Multilateralism Laura Neack Part V: Policy Instruments 23. The Use of Military Force Brandon C. Prins and Mark Souva 24. Economic Sanctions David Lektzian and Mark Souva 25. Foreign Aid Marijke Breuning and Christopher Linebarger Part VI: Transnational Challenges 26. Weapons Proliferation and Arms Control Dan Caldwell 27. Counterterrorism Bradley A. Thayer 28. Global Trade Terrence Guay 29. Human Rights Shannon Lindsey Blanton and David L. Cingranelli 30. Environmental Policy Michael E. Kraft 31. The Balance of Power R. William Ayres