Readings in U.S. Foreign Policy introduces undergraduate students to the historical foundations of American foreign policy; key theoretical approaches to the study of foreign policymaking; the central actors, institutions, and political processes of U.S. foreign policy; and contemporary challenges to U.S. primacy in the 21st century. This second edition includes recent essays focusing on current debates in U.S. foreign policy, such as how the U.S. should respond to the revolutions in the Arab world, the extent to which the U.S. is in
decline, and the effectiveness of using drones as a principal tool of U.S. counterterrorism strategy.
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Readings in US Foreign Policy is one of the best compilations of readings which I have encountered in my undergraduate career. It is particularly useful not only because it has a broad and wide spectrum of documents, from scholarly articles to primary source documents, but also that the documents, which are in the reader, are the quintessential articles and documents in foreign policy. Overall, I think it is an outstanding reader!Marie Scholz, Student, American University
Readings in U.S. Foreign Policy is a fantastic resource for any student studying U.S. foreign policy. This reader successfully synthesizes the most salient documents that explain U.S. foreign policy decision-making since the founding of the republic. The critical thinking questions at the end of every section are a helpful tool for analyzing the readings and practicing the writing of succinct and coherent answers to thought provoking questions. It is a great supplement for any U.S. foreign policy course.Arie Pittman, Student, American University