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Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Terrorism to Trade 5ed

by Ralph G Carter CQ Press
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Many actors—from the president and members of Congress to interest groups, NGOs, and the media—compete to shape U.S. foreign policy.


The new fifth edition captures this strategic interplay using 15 real-world cases, of which four are brand new: the death of Osama bin Laden and the use of targeted assassinations, nonproliferation policy and the U.S.–India nuclear agreement, the U.S. reaction to Egypt’s collision with the Arab Spring, and the surprise asylum request of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. Fully updated to cover the Obama administration, all cases have been revised to reflect recent developments. Whether grappling with use-of-force questions, the international financial crisis, legal and human rights, trade issues, multilateral approaches to the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran, or climate change, Carter’s engaging case study approach encourages students to question motives, consider alternatives, and analyze outcomes.  


NEW TO THIS EDITION:  Four brand new cases that explore:  the use of targeted assassination involving both Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki;  the reversal of U.S. nonproliferation policy in the US–India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement;  whether the United States should support long-standing ally Hosni Mubarak or embrace the Egyptian people's desire for a non-authoritarian regime; and  blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng showing up at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and requesting asylum just before an important trade mission arrived, led by Hillary Clinton.  All prior cases have been substantially revised and updated with new events and scholarship.  


KEY FEATURES:  Each case is consistently structured with: a list of “before you begin” questions that foreground key issues; introductory and background sections that provide context; a timeline of important events; and a descriptive list of key actors.  The cases connect recent major world events to critical enduring issues, highlighting the foundational elements that every student needs in order to understand foreign policy.  Instructor Resources include—for each case—a case summary, a case analysis, themes for classroom discussion, sample test questions, and lists of sources for more information. Visit to register and download resources.    Course Use: Students of US or comparative politics

Part I. INTERVENTION POLICY 1. The United States versus Terrorism: From the Embassy Bombings in Tanzania and Kenya to the Surge in Afghanistan - Frederick Gagnon and Ryan C. Hendrickson 2. Assassinating bin Laden: Right or Wrong? - Priya Dixit 3. Executive Decisions and Preventive War: Strategies of Intervention and Withdrawal in Iraq (2003-2011) - Jeffrey S. Lantis and Eric Moskowitz Part II. NUCLEAR SECURITY POLICY 4. The Nuclear Standoff between the United States and Iran: Muscular Diplomacy and the Ticking Clock - Thomas Preston 5. The United States and North Korea: Avoiding a Worst-Case Scenario - Patrick James and Ozgur Ozdamar 6. Nonproliferation Policy Crossroads: The U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement - Gerald Felix Warburg PART III. DIPLOMATIC POLICY 7. Hitting the Reset Button: Why Is Cooperation So Hard? - Ralph G. Carter and James M. Scott 8. Friendly Tyrants? The Arab Spring and the Egyptian Revolution - Stephen Zunes 9. Chen Guangcheng: The Case of the Blind Dissident and U.S.-China Relations - Joyce P. Kaufman PART IV. ECONOMIC AND TRADE POLICY 10. The Global Financial Crisis: Governments, Banks and Markets - Thomas Lairson 11. Sino-American Trade Relations: Privatizing Foreign Policy - Steven W. Hook and Franklin Barr Lebo 12. The Politics of Climate Change: Will the U.S. Act to Prevent Calamity? - Rodger A. Payne and Sean Payne PART V. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEGAL POLICY 13. National Security Surveillance: Unchecked or Limited Presidential Power? - Louis Fisher 14. The Rights of Detainees: Determining the Limits of Law - Linda Cornett and Mark Gibney 15. The International Criminal Court: National Interests versus International Norms - Donald W. Jackson and Ralph G. Carter

Ralph G Carter - Texas Christian University