American Foreign Policy since World War II

ISBN-10: 1933116714

ISBN-13: 9781933116716

Edition: 17th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Steven W. Hook, John Spanier

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Despite its status as the world's lone superpower, the United States confronts a variety of serious challenges in the world today: ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nuclear tensions involving Iran and North Korea, and strained American relations with allies in the European Union and the United Nations. In updating their book, authors Hook and Spanier find that these new developments are in keeping with the overarching theme of their classic text?that there is an American ?style? of foreign policy imbued with a distinct sense of national exceptionalism. Through a thorough understanding of the United States? past actions, students can then fully grasp the functions and frequent dysfunctions of the nation's foreign-policy process. Providing a lively and concise review of the conduct of American foreign policy since World War II, early chapters are strengthened by new historical findings, while recent developments since 9/11 receive thorough treatment and analysis. A stand-alone chapter on the Iraq War provides essential historical context as well as a detailed assessment of recent events across the Middle East. The book's presentation and usefulness are enhanced by new tables and figures, updated photos and maps, and annotated web resources.
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List price: $49.95
Edition: 17th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 7/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Maps, Tables, Figures, and Boxes
The American Approach to Foreign Policy
Learning from Experience
The Volatile State System
The Shifting Balance of Power
Maintaining Hemispheric Security
The American Sense of Destiny
The Depreciation of Power Politics
Foreign Policy as Moral Mission
Self-Doubts, Revisionism, and Social Construction
From World War to Cold War
American Wartime Illusions
The Russo-Soviet Approach to Foreign Policy
The Russian Background
The Soviet Ingredient
Soviet Expansion after World War II
U.S.-Soviet Differences
The Soviet Push to the South
The Strategy of Containment
George Kennan and the New Grand Strategy
Alternatives to Containment
The Geopolitics of Containing Moscow
Declaring Cold War: The Truman Doctrine
Containment: From Theory to Practice
New Economic and Military Structures
The Bretton Woods System
The National Security Act
Reviving the Western European Allies
The Marshall Plan
Roots of the European Union
Military Rearmament and the NATO Alliance
Recurring Conflicts over Berlin
Confronting Revolution in East Asia
The Chinese Revolution
Hot War in Korea
Domestic Pressures for a Global Crusade
Nuclear Strategy and the 'Balance of Terror'
Developing Countries in the Crossfire
Obstacles to Political and Economic Development
The Population Explosion in Developing Countries
Tensions between Nationalism and State Building
Clashing Models of Economic Development
Regional Conflicts in Africa and the Middle East
National Disintegration and Civil War in the Congo
Regional Rivalries: The Arab-Israeli Wars
U.S. Policy toward Latin America
Superpower Confrontation in Cuba
The Bay of Pigs
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Vietnam and the Cost of Containment
France's Ejection from Vietnam
The 'Domino Theory' and U.S. Intervention
The Perils of Incrementalism
The Misconduct of Guerrilla Warfare
The Military Battlefield: Vietnam
The Political Battlefield: The United States
Disengagement from Vietnam
Congress versus the 'Imperial Presidency'
Detente and World Order Politics
Managing the Superpower Rivalry
The Kissinger Philosophy
Exploiting the Sino-Soviet Split
Arms Control and the Linkage Strategy
Disillusionment with Detente
Carter's Quest for World Order
A New Emphasis on Human Rights
Recognizing Global Interdependence
Carter's Middle East Breakthrough
Blowback and the Soviet Power Play
Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution
America 'Held Hostage' in Iran
The Soviet Takeover in Afghanistan
The Revival of Superpower Confrontation
Reagan's Rhetorical Offensive
Expanding U.S. Military Forces
Opposition to Arms Control
The Strategic Defense Initiative
'Rollback' in Developing Countries
Evaluating the Reagan Doctrine
Abuses of the Reagan Doctrine: The Iran-Contra Scandal
Alliance Politics in the Late Cold War
Poland and the Rise of Solidarity
The Missile Debate in Europe
From Confrontation to Conciliation
The End of the Cold War
Bush's Management of the Soviet Collapse
Dismantling Stalin's Empire
Detaching Brezhnev's Outposts
Reducing Arms and Stabilizing the Nuclear Balance
Endgame: The Collapse of the Core
Reasons for the Soviet Collapse
The Contending Arguments in Perspective
Excesses of the Containment Policy
A Final Appraisal
America's 'Unipolar Moment'
Great Expectations after the Cold War
Revived Debates about America's World Role
Clinton's Embrace of 'Geoeconomics'
The Course of America's Economic Troubles
Responses by the Clinton Administration
East Asia's Economic 'Miracle'
Promoting Democracy and Sustainable Development
A Grand Strategy of Democratic 'Entanglement'
Support for Sustainable Development
Domestic Challenges to Clinton's Foreign Policy
Old Tensions in a New Order
Sources of Global Fragmentation
War and Peace in the Middle East
Iraq's Challenge in the Persian Gulf
Obstacles to an Arab-Israeli Peace
The Plight of 'Failed States'
Somalia and Central Africa
Nuclear Brinkmanship in South Asia
Lessons from the Regional Crises
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
The Dayton Accords
The Kosovo Showdown
U.S.-Russian Relations under Stress
Internal Challenges to Reform
Unrest in the 'Near Abroad'
America under Fire
Strains in the Unipolar Order
The Globalization Backlash
Retreat from Multilateralism
The Growing Threat of 'Sacred Terror'
Early Warnings and Responses
The al Qaeda Connection
Terror in the Morning Sky
Elements of Counterterrorism
Homeland Security
A Grand Strategy of Primacy and Preemption
Hot Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
The Afghanistan Campaign
Benign Neglect after the Cold War
Dislodging the Taliban
Nation Building in Rugged Terrain
Renewed Hostilities against Iraq
Making the Case for War
Operation Iraqi Freedom
A Race against Time
Back to Vietnam?
A World of Trouble
New Threats of Nuclear Proliferation
Breakout in North Korea
Iran's Quest for 'Nuclear Rights'
An Israeli-Palestinian Stalemate
Economic Strains and Challenges
East Asia's Reversal of Fortune
Rising Discontent in Latin America
Threats to Democracy at Home
Global Orders and American Power
U.S. Administrations since World War II
Chronology of Significant Events
Select Bibliography
Select Web Sites
Photo Credits
About the Authors
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