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U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump: Selected Readings

Author(s): Guy Ziv

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2017

Pages: 304

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This textbook reader 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 third edition focuses in particular on the Trump Era in an attempt to offer greater clarity on the new administration’s enigmatic and, at times, contradictory approach to foreign policy. The reader includes recent essays on current debates in U.S. foreign policy, such as how to deal with the threat of North Korea and the effectiveness of using drones as a principal tool of U.S. counterterrorism strategy.

Included in the revised 3rd edition are additional sections and 14 new articles, such as Ivo H. Daalder and I.M. Destler's “Why National Security Advisor Is the Hardest Post for Trump to Fill,” "Putin and Trump" by Allen C. Lynch, and Competition Without Catastrophe: How America Can Both Challenge and Coexist with China by Kurt M. Campbell and Jake Sullivan.

Features:

  • Seminal articles on foreign policy decision-making and U.S. foreign policy
  • Recent articles on contemporary issues concerning American foreign policy
  • Introductory essays for each section that provide a historical and theoretical context to each of the works
  • Critical thinking questions on separate, print-out sheets to encourage further reflection on each piece
  • Recommended readings for students interested in studying the topics presented in more depth

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author

Section I: Foundations of American Foreign Policy: From A Tradition of Non-Interventionism to Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Interventionism

Introductory Remarks

A Tradition of Non-Interventionism
Washington’s Farewell Address (1796)
Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address (1801)
The Monroe Doctrine (1823)

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Interventionism
Theodore Roosevelt’s Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1904)
President Wilson’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress (April 2, 1917)
The Truman Doctrine (1947)
President George W. Bush’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress (September 20, 2001)

Further Reading
Critical Thinking Questions

Section II: Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Foreign Policy Decision-making

Introductory Remarks

International Relations Theory: An Overview
Jack Snyder, “One world, Rival Theories,” Foreign Policy (November/December 2004)

Bureaucratic Politics
Paul ‘T Hart and Uriel Rosenthal, “Reappraising Bureaucratic Politics,” Mershon International Studies Review, Vol. 42, No. 2 (November 1998): 233-240.
Stephen D. Krasner, “Are Bureaucracies Important? (Or Allison Wonderland)

Psychology in Decision-Making
Guy Ziv, “Simple vs. Complex Learning Revisited: Israeli Prime Ministers and the Question of a Palestinian State,” Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 9, No. 2 (April 2013): 203-222. https://oxfordre.com/politics/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228637-e-428

Further Reading
Critical Thinking Questions

Section III: The Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy

Introductory Remarks

The Executive Branch
Ivo H. Daalder and I.M. Destler, “In the Shadow of the Oval Office: The Next National Security Adviser,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 88, Number 1 (Jan./Feb. 2009): 114-129.
Ivo H. Daalder and I.M. Destler, “Why National Security Advisor Is the Hardest Post for Trump to Fill,” Foreign Affairs (September 11, 2019). Link: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2019-09-11/why-national-security-advisor-hardest-post-trump-fill.

Congress
War Powers Resolution of 1973
Christopher J. Deering, “Congress’s Role in Foreign Policymaking,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (May 2009).
James Goldgeier and Elizabeth N. Saunders, “The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 97, Number 5 (September/October 2018): 144-148, 150-156.
Julia Azari, “It’s the Institutions, Stupid: The Real Roots of America’s Political Crisis,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 98, Number 4 (Jul/Aug 2019): 50, 54-60.

Public Opinion
Daniel Bessner and Stephen Wertheim, “Democratizing U.S. Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs (April 5, 2017).

The Media
Piers Robinson, “The CNN Effect: Can the News Media Drive Foreign Policy?” Review ofInternational Studies, Vol. 25, No. 2 (April 1999): 301-309.
Adrienne LaFrance, “How Does Donald Trump Think His War on the Press Will End?” The Atlantic (February 27, 2017).

Further Reading
Critical Thinking Questions

Section IV: U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges in the 21st Century

Introductory Remarks

Is the U.S. in Decline?
President Trump’s Inaugural Address (January 20, 2017) – selected excerpts.
President Trump’s First Address to a Joint Session of Congress (February 28, 2017) – selected excerpts.
Robert Kagan, “Not Fade Away: Against the Myth of American Decline,” The New Republic, Vol. 243, Issue 1 (February 2, 2012): 19-25.
Kori Schake, “Back to the Basics,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 98, No. 3 (May/June 2019): 36-43.
Daniel W. Drezner, “This Time is Different,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 98, Issue 3 (May/June 2019): 10-17.

U.S.-Policy Toward the Middle East
Mara Karlin and Tamara Cofman Wittes, “America’s Middle East Purgatory: The Case for Doing Less,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 98, No. 3 (May/June 2019): 188-194.
Anonymous, “Commitment Issues,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 98, No. 1 (January/February 2019): 88-100.

U.S.-Russia Relations
Allen C. Lynch, “Putin and Trump,” Diplomatic History, Vol. 42, Number 4 (Sept. 2018): 583-585.
Ernest J Moniz and Sam Nunn, “The Return of Doomsday: The New Nuclear Arms Race-and How Washington and Moscow Can Stop It,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 98, Number 5 (Sep/Oct 2019): 150-161.

The Drones Debate
Daniel Byman, “Why Drones Work,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 92, Number 4 (July/August 2013): 32-43.
Audrey Kurth Cronin, “Why Drones Fail,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 92, Number 4 (July/August 2013): 44-54.

U.S. Policy Toward Asia
Bilahari Kausikan, “Asia in the Trump Era: From Pivot to Peril?,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 96, Number 3 (May/June 2017): 146-153.
Kurt M. Campbell and Jake Sullivan, “Competition Without Catastrophe: How America Can Both Challenge and Coexist with China,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 98, Number 5 (September/October 2019): 96-110.

Transatlantic Relations in the Trump Era
Alina Polyakova and Benjamin Haddad, “Europe Alone: What Comes After the Transatlantic Alliance,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 98, No. 4 (July/August 2019): 109-112, 114-120.

Further Reading
Critical Thinking Questions

Guy Ziv

For more information on Guy Ziv, visit www.american.edu/sis/faculty/ziv.cfm 

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
 

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