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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $74.00
  • July 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91943-1
  • 768 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

American Foreign Policy

The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century

Fifth Edition


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Bruce W. Jentleson (Author, Duke University)


A balanced and contemporary introduction to U.S. foreign policy, with a built-in reader.

Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, American Foreign Policy focuses on foreign policy strategy as well as foreign policy politics. The heavily revised Fifth Edition offers greater emphasis on the role that domestic politics and institutions (both formal and informal) play in shaping American foreign policy. A consistent strategic framework (the four Ps: Power, Peace, Prosperity, and Principles) keeps students thinking analytically about policy decisions. And new chapters on key geopolitical regions apply the core concepts from both spheres to the issues that are most relevant today, including the rise of China, the consequences of the euro crisis, and the recent wars in the Middle East.


Restructured and revised

New and revised chapters in Part I provide expanded coverage of the roles and strategic processes of domestic institutions (both formal and informal) in shaping foreign policy. Part II has been restructured to examine the most pressing policy concerns in a geopolitical context, with each chapter containing a case study relevant to that chapter’s region. For example, the domestic debate over the use of torture is discussed in the chapter on the Middle East, and immigration issues are explored in the chapter on Latin America.  

Relevant and up-to-date

Every edition of American Foreign Policy has explored the most current and critical foreign policy issues. The Fifth Edition maintains this contemporary perspective with coverage of

• China’s rise, and its implications for U.S. power and prosperity
• the renewed focus on Mexican and Latin American immigration
• the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the United States’ role in aiding rebellions and shaping new democracies in the Middle East
• the end of the Iraq War and the United States’ new approach in Afghanistan
• the beginning of Barack Obama’s second term and the evolution of his foreign policy doctrine

Tools to get students thinking analytically

The book’s 4 Ps framework—Power, Peace, Prosperity, and Principles—underpins each chapter and provides students with a consistent, helpful way to examine and compare foreign policy decisions and approaches across regions. In addition, a variety of primary-source boxes give students perspectives on how to interpret foreign policy decisions in history and how foreign policy theory translates to practice. 

Text and reader in one

American Foreign Policy contains a complete reader, eliminating the need for a separate book. Readings (half of which are new to the Fifth Edition) are grouped at the end of each part.  

    Part I
    The Context Of U.S. Foreign Policy: Theory and History

    Chapter 1: The Strategic Context: Foreign Policy Strategy and the Essence of Choice
    Chapter 2: The Domestic Context: The Three Branches and the Process of Choice
    Chapter 3: The Domestic Context: Interest Groups, Media, and Public Opinion
    Chapter 4: The Historical Context: Great Debates in American Foreign Policy, 1789–1945
    Chapter 5: The Cold War Context: Origins and First Stages
    Chapter 6: The Cold War Context: Lessons and Legacies

    Readings for Part I
    (readings in bold are new to the Fifth Edition)

    1.1 John Mearsheimer, from The Tragedy of Great Power Politics
    1.2 Robert Keohane, “Governance in a Partially Globalized World”
    1.3 Gabriel Kolko, from The Roots of American Foreign Policy
    1.4 Tony Smith, from American’s Mission: The United States and the Worldwide Struggle for Democracy in the 20th Century

    2.1 Arthur Schlesinger, testimony to the U.S. Congress, Special Subcommittee on War Powers
    2.2 Graham T. Allison, “Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis”

    3.1 John Byrne Cooke, from Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism
    3.2 Ole R. Holsti, “Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: Challenges to the Almond-Lippmann Consensus”

    4.1 Henry Kissinger, from Diplomacy
    4.2 Walter LaFeber, from The New Empire: An Interpretation of American Expansion, 1860–1898

    5.1 Bernard Brodie, from Strategy in the Missile Age
    5.2 George Kennan, “The Sources of Soviet Conduct”

    6.1 Leslie H. Gelb, “Vietnam; The System Worked”
    6.2 John Lewis Gaddis, from The United States and the End of the Cold War
    6.3 Mikhail Gorbachev, “The Soviet Union’s Crucial Role”

    Part II
    American Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: Choices and Challenges

    Chapter 7: Grand Strategy for a New Era: (I) Power and Peace
    Chapter 8: Grand Strategy for a New Era: (II) Prosperity and Principles
    Chapter 9: Post-Cold War Foreign Policy Politics: Politics Beyond the Water’s Edge
    Chapter 10: Asia’s Rising Strategic Importance: Relations with China and in the Asia-Pacific Region
    Chapter 11: War, Peace, Terrorism, Democracy: Old and New Challenges in the Middle East
    Chapter 12: Old Friends, Old Enemy: 21st Century Relations with Europe and Russia
    Chapter 13: The Americas: Relations with Latin America and Canada
    Chapter 14: Africa: Persisting Old Issues, Pressing Newer Ones

    Readings for Part II

    (readings in bold are new to the Fifth Edition)

    7.1 Robert J. Lieber, from Power and Willpower in the American Future: The United States Is Not Destined to Decline
    7.2 G. John Ikenberry, “Liberal Internationalism 3.0: America and the Dilemmas of Liberal World Order”
    7.3 Charles A. Kupchan, from No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest and the Coming Global Turn

    8.1 Joseph E. Stiglitz, from Making Globalization Work
    8.2 UNAIDS, “Report on the Global Epidemic 2012”
    8.3 U.S. National Research Council, from Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis
    8.4 Edward D. Mansfield and Jack Snyder, “Democratization and the Danger of War”

    9.1 From the National War Powers Commission Report
    9.2 Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink, from Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics
    9.3 Matthew A. Baum, “Sex, Lies and War: How Soft News Brings Foreign Policy to the Inattentive Public”

    10.1 Kenneth Lieberthal and Wang Jisi, from Addressing U.S.-China Strategic Distrust
    10.2 Krishnappa Vengatshamy and Princy George, from Grand Strategy for India: 2020 and Beyond

    11.1 George W. Bush, “Commencement Address to the U.S. Military Academy” and “The National Security Strategy of the United States of America”
    11.2 Dan Caldwell, from Vortex of Conflict: U.S. Policy Toward Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq
    11.3 Marc Lynch, “The Big Think Behind the Arab Spring”

    12.1 Giovanna Grevi, from Challenges for EU Foreign Policy in 2013: Renewing the EU’s Role in the World
    12.2 Yevgeny Primakov, from Russia in a Polycentric World

    13.1 Julia E. Sweig, from Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century
    13.2 José R. Cárdenas, “Cuba Policy in a Second Obama Term”
    13.3 Larry Birns and Frederick Mills, “Best Time for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement Is Now”

    14.1 Obama Administration, “U.S. Strategy toward Sub-Saharan Africa”
    14.2 World Bank, from Africa’s Future and the World Bank’s Support to It