US Foreign Policy in Action

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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 ,
List of Photos List of Figures List of Maps List of Tables Preface and Acknowledgments 1 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 2 The History of US Foreign Policy Revolutionary Values The Struggle to Defi ne the New Nation Manifest Destiny? The Civil War Rise to Globalism The "American Century" and World Wars Discussion Questions 3 Foreign Policy in the Cold War and Post–Cold War Era Introduction The Cold War The Truman Doctrine Korea and Vietnam Redefi ning Values and Interests? The End of the Cold War Engagement and Enlargement Interests versus Values? The War on Terrorism Discussion Questions 4 Key Government Institutions: The President, Congress, and the Courts Section I: 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 Conclusion Discussion Questions Section II: 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 5 Bureaucracies: Unelected Actors in the Foreign Policy Process Section I: 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 Section II: National Security Council Simulation: Bureaucratic Politics in Action Exercise Scenario: Proliferation Threats Iranian Nuclear Ambitions Appendices: Templates and Role Assignments Additional Resources 6 Interest Groups and Political Parties Section I: 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 Section II: 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 7 Public Opinion and the Media Section I: 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 Section II: 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"? 8 Grand Strategy: Then and Now Section I: What is Grand Strategy? Alternative Grand Strategy Frames for US Foreign Policy Positions Hegemony/Unilateralism Multilateralism Isolationism/Parochialism Formulating Grand Strategy in the Post–9/11 World Discussion Questions Section II: 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 &ndash, 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 &ndash, 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 9 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 What Can You Do? Bibliography Index