US Foreign Policy in Action An Innovative Teaching Text

ISBN-10: 1444331000

ISBN-13: 9781444331004

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jeffrey S. Lantis

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This innovative teaching text on United States foreign policy interprets the foreign policy decision-making process through the lens of political debate and exchange.  It introduces historical developments and theories of U.S. foreign policy and engages students in the politics of the foreign policy process through innovative learning exercises.• Features critical analysis of contemporary trends in U.S. foreign policy, including debates in the Obama administration, foreign policy and the 2012 presidential election, and reaction to the Arab Spring• Written by an award-winning teacher-scholar in international relations, with extensive experience in both policy making and pedagogy• Views foreign policy decision making through the lends of political debate• Offers fresh perspectives on historical developments as well as surveying prominent foreign policy theories• Includes new and innovative participatory learning exercises exploring a range of themes including executive/ legislature conflict• Contains extensive teaching and learning applications, including discussion questions, document templates, worksheets, suggested readings, and links to web resources throughout 
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List price: $56.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

List of Photos
List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: United States Foreign Policy in Action
Historical Foundations
Major Actors in the Foreign Policy Process
Pedagogical Approach: How to Use This Book
Key Features
Overview of the Book
The History of US Foreign Policy
Revolutionary Values
The Struggle to Define the New Nation
Manifest Destiny?
The Civil War
Rise to Globalism
The "American Century" and World Wars
Discussion Questions
Foreign Policy in the Cold War and Post-Cold War Era
The Cold War
The Truman Doctrine
Korea and Vietnam
Redefining Values and Interests?
The End of the Cold War
Engagement and Enlargement
Interests versus Values? The War on Terrorism
Discussion Questions
Key Government Institutions: The President, Congress, and the Courts
Constitutional Authority and the "Invitation to Struggle"
The President and the Executive Branch
Presidential Influence
Instruments of Presidential Power
Congress: The Legislative Branch
The Courts: The Judicial Branch
Discussion Questions
Structured Debate: Leadership in Action and the War on Terrorism
Guidelines and Rules of Procedure
Debate: Executive Dominance and the War on Terrorism
Background: The War on Terrorism
Framing the Debate: Values and Interests
Position 1: YES, The President Should Have Greater Authority in the War on Terrorism
Additional Resources
Position 2: NO, The President Should Not Have More Foreign Policy Authority
Additional Resources
Bureaucracies: Unelected Actors in the Foreign Policy Process
Bureaucracies and Foreign Policy
Key Characteristics of Bureaucracies
The Theory of Bureaucratic Politics
The Department of Defense
The Department of State
Intelligence Bureaucracies
Discussion Questions
National Security Council Simulation: Bureaucratic Politics in Action
Exercise Scenario: Proliferation Threats
Iranian Nuclear Ambitions
Appendices: Templates and Role Assignments
Additional Resources
Interest Groups and Political Parties
The Power of Unelected Actors
Interest Groups
What Do You Want? How to Lobby Effectively
Types of Interest Groups
Political Parties
Conclusion: Are All Politics "Local"?
Discussion Questions
Interest Groups in Action: Case-Based Learning
Pedagogical Approach
Environmental Policy: The United States, Interest Groups, and Climate Change
A Change of Climate?
Legislative Showdown
Case Discussion Questions
Public Opinion and the Media
Reaching the Masses? Public Opinion and the Media
Public Opinion
Public Attitudes and Foreign Policy: A Direct Line?
Media and Foreign Policy
The Functions of Media
Contemporary Trends in Media Coverage
Discussion Questions
Public Opinion and the Media in Action: Problem-Based Cooperative Learning
Research Project 1: Alternative News Media and Foreign Policy: Educating the Public?
Research Project 2: The Media and National Security: Is There a Public "Right to Know"?
Grand Strategy: Then and Now
What is Grand Strategy?
Alternative Grand Strategy Frames for US Foreign Policy Positions
Formulating Grand Strategy in the Post-9/11 World
Discussion Questions
Structured Debate: A New Grand Strategy for the Twenty-First Century?
Guidelines and Rules of Procedure
Framing the Debate
Position 1: YES, A New Foreign Policy Should be Strongly Multilateral - Vital Interests are Global
What Does Multilateralism Mean for Foreign Policy?
Transnational Issues and Multilateral Solutions
Additional Resources
Position 2: NO, A New Foreign Policy Should be Isolationist/Parochial - Vital Interests are Domestic
"It's the Economy, Stupid"
What Does Parochialism Mean for US Foreign Policy?
The War on Terror and US Parochialism
A Sustainable Foreign Policy Agenda?
Additional Resources
Contemporary Foreign Policy Analysis
Fundamental Dynamics of Foreign Policy
Obama Foreign Policy
The Arab Spring Meets Liberal Engagement
Domestic Political Constraints
Foreign Policy Continuity versus Change
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