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US Foreign Policy, edited by Michael Cox and Doug Stokes

Edited by Michael Cox, IDEAS Co-Director and Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics
Doug Stokes, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury

This new edited volume US Foreign Policy was published in 2008. It is a major textbook and the most comprehensive introduction to US foreign policy available. The volume provides significantly more comprehensive coverage than competing texts and will allow instructors to customise the text for any module no matter what the emphasis or perspective. It draws together a wide range of leading international scholars from inside and outside the USA, offering students a broad range of perspectives and it includes a section on US foreign policy towards different regions, allowing students to analyze US foreign policy in practice.

The book is divided into 4 sections: historical contexts; institutions and processes; policies of the US towards different areas; and issues and debates. The text deals with the rise of America, US foreign policy during and after the Cold War, and the complex issues facing the US since September 11th.

Introduction: US Foreign Policy - Past, Present and Future , Michael Cox and Doug Stokes

1. Theories of US foreign policy, Brian Schmidt
2. American Exceltionalism, Daniel Deudney and Jeffrey Meiser

Historical contexts

3. The US Rise to World Power 1776-1945, Walter LaFeber
4. American Foreign Policy During the Cold War, Richard Saul
5. America in the 1990's - searching for purpose, John Dumbrell

Institutions and Processes

6. The Foreign Policy Process: Executive, Congress, Intelligence, Michael Foley
7. Military Power and US Foreign Policy, Beth A. Fischer
8. Regional Shifts and US Foreign Policy, Peter Trubowitz
9. Media and US Foreign Policy, Piers Robinson
10. Identities and US Foreign Policy, Christina Rowley and Jutta Weldes

The United States and the World

11. US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, Toby Dodge
12. The US and the EU, Mick Smitht
13. US Foreign Policy in Russia, Peter Rutland
14. US foreign policy in Asia, Michael Cox
15. US foreign policy in Latin America, James Dunkerley
16. US foreign policy in Africa, Robert Patman

Key Issues

17. Global Economy, Peter Gowan
18. Global Terrorism, Paul Rogers
19. Global Environment, Robin Eckersley

Futures and Scenarios

20. American Foreign Policy After 9/11, Caroline Kennedy-Pipe
21. America's Security Trap, G. John Ikenberry
22. The Future of US Foreign Policy, Anatol Lieven


Michael Cox, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
Doug Stokes, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury
Brian Schmidt, Department of Political Science, Carleton University
Daniel Deudney, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
Walter LaFeber, Department of Political Science, Cornell University
Rick Saull, Department of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London
John Dumbrell, School of Government and International Affairs, University of Durham
John Ikenberry, Department of Politics, Princeton University
Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield
Michael Foley, Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Jutta Weldes, Department of Politics, University of Bristol
Peter Trubowitz, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin
Piers Robinson, School of Social Science, University of Manchester
Beth A. Fischer, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Mike Smith, Politics, International Relations and European Studies, University of Loughborough
Toby Dodge, Department of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London
James Dunkerley, Department of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London
Robert Patman, Department of Political Studies, University of Otago
Peter Gowan, Governance and International Relations, London Metropolitan University
Paul Rogers, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford
Robyn Eckersley, School of Political Science, University of Melbourne
Christina Rowley, Department of Politics, University of Bristol


"This is simply the best textbook available on US foreign policy. There are real differences in how the authors think about America's role in the world, which makes the book lively as well as smart." John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

"Cox and Stokes have assembled a superb array of leading international scholars to produce the ideal guide to US foreign policy past, present and future. Marrying theoretical richness to institutions, policy and domestic American politics, this volume will rapidly become the gold standard for students seeking to understand the successes and failures of US foreign policy." Robert Singh, University of London

"This textbook covers the classic topics as well as key topics that are often overlooked. The combination of theoretical depth, empirical and topical breadth and accessible style puts it in a class by itself. I know of no peer rivals." William C. Wohlforth, Dartmouth College

"This textbook combines the talents of diplomatic historians, political scientists and international relations scholars from three continents. Carefully researched and clearly written, it is ideal for students new to US foreign policy.' Steven L. Lamy, University of Southern California

"A provocative, broadly critical treatment of American foreign policy. This textbook greatly enhances understanding not only of policies but of how they are made." Robert J. Lieber, Georgetown University

"A terrific collection. Straight out of the top drawer." John Peterson, University of Edinburgh

"What distinguishes US Foreign Policy from other books on this topic is the breadth of the contributors and the depth and quality of analysis. This book will contribute importantly to enriching students understanding of America's role in international politics." Christopher Layne, Texas A & M University





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