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Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy


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This new series sets out to publish high quality works by leading and emerging scholars critically engaging with United States Foreign Policy. The series welcomes a variety of approaches to the subject and draws on scholarship from international relations, security studies, international political economy, foreign policy analysis and contemporary international history.

Subjects covered include the role of administrations and institutions, the media, think tanks, ideologues and intellectuals, elites, transnational corporations, public opinion, and pressure groups in shaping foreign policy, US relations with individual nations, with global regions and global institutions and America’s evolving strategic and military policies.

The series aims to provide a range of books – from individual research monographs and edited collections to textbooks and supplemental reading for scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and students.

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The President, the State and the Cold War: Comparing the foreign policies of Truman and Reagan

The President, the State and the Cold War: Comparing the foreign policies of Truman and Reagan

1st Edition

James Bilsland
February 11, 2015

US foreign policy during the Cold War has been analysed from a number of perspectives, generating large bodies of literature attempting to explain its origins, its development and its conclusion. However, there are still many questions left only partially explained. In large part this is because...

Presidential Rhetoric from Wilson to Obama: Constructing crises, fast and slow

Presidential Rhetoric from Wilson to Obama: Constructing crises, fast and slow

1st Edition

Wesley Widmaier
November 14, 2014

Over the past century, presidential constructions of crises have spurred recurring redefinitions of U.S. interests, as crusading advance has alternated with realist retrenchment. For example, Harry Truman and George W. Bush constructed crises that justified liberal crusades in the Cold War and War...

Congressional Policymaking in Sino-U.S. Relations during the Post-Cold War Era

Congressional Policymaking in Sino-U.S. Relations during the Post-Cold War Era

1st Edition

Joseph A Gagliano
September 04, 2014

Conventional wisdom holds that the President enjoys the preponderance of foreign policy power, however Congress has influenced China policymaking more than is generally recognized. The legislature has demonstrated consistent interests in the realm of China policy, and it has invariably pursued...

Constructing America's Freedom Agenda for the Middle East: Democracy or Domination

Constructing America's Freedom Agenda for the Middle East: Democracy or Domination

1st Edition

Oz Hassan
July 04, 2014

This book explores how George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda for the Middle East and North Africa was conceived and implemented as an American national interest, from the Bush era right through to the initial stages of the Obama administration. It highlights how the crisis presented by September 11 2001...

US Arms Policies Towards the Shah's Iran

US Arms Policies Towards the Shah's Iran

1st Edition

Stephen McGlinchey
June 03, 2014

This book reconstructs and explains the arms relationship that successive U.S. administrations developed with the Shah of Iran between 1950 and 1979. This relationship has generally been neglected in the extant literature leading to a series of omissions and distortions in the historical record....

Obama and the World: New Directions in US Foreign Policy

Obama and the World: New Directions in US Foreign Policy

2nd Edition

Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller, Mark Ledwidge
April 04, 2014

 This significantly revised, updated and extended second edition of New Directions in US Foreign Policy retains the strongest aspects of its original structure but adds a comprehensive account of the latest theoretical perspectives, the key actors and issues, and new policy directions....

Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Foreign Policy: The strategic use of a concept

Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Foreign Policy: The strategic use of a concept

1st Edition

Michelle Bentley
March 19, 2014

This book examines the use of concepts – specifically ‘weapons of mass destruction’ (WMD) – in US foreign policy discourse. Current analysis of WMD definition has made headway into identifying the repercussions that the conceptual conflation of such diverse weapons – typically understood as a...

Corporate Power and Globalization in US Foreign Policy

Corporate Power and Globalization in US Foreign Policy

1st Edition

Ronald W. Cox
November 11, 2013

More than a decade into the new millennium, the fusion of corporate and state power is the essential defining feature of US foreign policy. This edited volume critically examines the relationship between corporations and the US state in the development of foreign policies related to globalization....

Race and US Foreign Policy: The African-American Foreign Affairs Network

Race and US Foreign Policy: The African-American Foreign Affairs Network

1st Edition

Mark Ledwidge
August 08, 2013

African-Americans' analysis of, and interest in, foreign affairs represents a rich and dynamic legacy, and this work provides a cutting edge insight into this neglected aspect of US foreign affairs. In addition to extending the parameters of US foreign policy literature to include race and...

Prevention, Pre-emption and the Nuclear Option: From Bush to Obama

Prevention, Pre-emption and the Nuclear Option: From Bush to Obama

1st Edition

Aiden Warren
August 08, 2013

Despite its portrayal as a bold departure, the Bush Doctrine was not the "new" or "revolutionary" policy instrument that many at the time portended. This work seeks to argue that while it was clear that the Bush Doctrine certainly qualified as a preventive war policy, it is apparent that the...

The United States and NATO since 9/11: The Transatlantic Alliance Renewed

The United States and NATO since 9/11: The Transatlantic Alliance Renewed

1st Edition

Ellen Hallams
August 07, 2013

The US decision not to work through NATO after 9/11 left many European members of the alliance feeling deflated. This decision reflected not only the unilateralism of the Bush Administration, but also the belief that US operational freedom and flexibility had been hampered during NATO’s two Balkans...

US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion: From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama

US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion: From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama

1st Edition

Michael Cox, Timothy J. Lynch, Nicolas Bouchet
April 10, 2013

The promotion of democracy by the United States became highly controversial during the presidency of George W. Bush. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were widely perceived as failed attempts at enforced democratization, sufficient that Barack Obama has felt compelled to downplay the rhetoric of...

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