|Lantis, Jeffrey S.|
US Foreign Policy in Action
An Innovative Teaching Text
POPS - Principles of Political Science
1. Auflage Dezember 2012
2012. 356 Seiten, Softcover
ISBN 978-1-4443-3100-4 - John Wiley & Sons
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This engaging 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 features critical analysis of contemporary trends in U.S. foreign policy, including debates in the Obama administration. It contains new and innovative participatory learning exercises exploring a range of themes including executive/ legislature conflict and extensive teaching and learning applications, including discussion questions, document templates, worksheets, suggested readings, and links to web resources.
Aus dem Inhalt
List of Photos
List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: United States Foreign Policy in Action
Major Actors in the Foreign Policy Process
Pedagogical Approach: How to Use This Book
Overview of the Book
2 The History of US Foreign Policy
The Struggle to Defi ne the New Nation
The Civil War
Rise to Globalism
The "American Century" and World Wars
3 Foreign Policy in the Cold War and Post-Cold War Era
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
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
Instruments of Presidential Power
Congress: The Legislative Branch
The Courts: The Judicial Branch
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
Position 2: NO, The President Should Not Have More Foreign Policy Authority
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
Section II: National Security Council Simulation: Bureaucratic Politics in Action
Exercise Scenario: Proliferation Threats
Iranian Nuclear Ambitions
Appendices: Templates and Role Assignments
6 Interest Groups and Political Parties
Section I: The Power of Unelected Actors
What Do You Want? How to Lobby Effectively
Types of Interest Groups
Conclusion: Are All Politics "Local"?
Section II: Interest Groups in Action: Case-Based Learning
Environmental Policy: The United States, Interest Groups, and Climate Change
A Change of Climate?
Case Discussion Questions
7 Public Opinion and the Media
Section I: Reaching the Masses? Public Opinion and the Media
Public Attitudes and Foreign Policy: A Direct Line?
Media and Foreign Policy
The Functions of Media
Contemporary Trends in Media Coverage
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
Formulating Grand Strategy in the Post-9/11 World
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 - Vital Interests are Global
What Does Multilateralism Mean for Foreign Policy?
Transnational Issues and Multilateral Solutions
Position 2: NO, A New Foreign Policy Should be Isolationist/Parochial - 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?
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?