No nation has maintained such an immense stature in world politics as the United States has since the Cold War’s end. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, prompting the global war on terrorism and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, along with American economic and "soft power" primacy, there has been increased interest in and scrutiny of American foreign policy. The Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy brings together leading experts in the field to examine current trends in the way scholars study the history and theories of American conduct in the world, analysis of state and non-state actors and their tools in conducting policy, and the dynamics of a variety of pressing transnational challenges facing the United States.

This volume provides a systematic overview of all aspects of American foreign policy and drives the agenda for further, cutting edge research. Contributors bring analytic depth and breadth to both the ways in which this subject is approached and the substance of policy formulation and process. The Handbook is an invaluable resource to students, researchers, scholars, and journalists trying to make sense of the broader debates in international relations.

part |58 pages

Research Traditions and Historical Experience

chapter |16 pages

The Study of American Foreign Policy

ByMargaret G. Hermann

chapter |14 pages

Diplomatic History

ByJames M. McCormick

chapter |13 pages

America in the Cold War

ByRobert D. Schulzinger

chapter |13 pages

The Post-Cold War Era

BySteven W. Hook

part |90 pages

Theoretical Perspectives

chapter |14 pages


ByHenry R. Nau

chapter |18 pages


ByAlynna J. Lyon

chapter |11 pages

Critical Theories

ByHoward J. Wiarda, Ann P. Kryzanek

chapter |14 pages


ByJennifer Sterling-Folker, Dina Badie

chapter |14 pages

Bureaucratic Politics

ByChristopher M. Jones

chapter |17 pages

Individual and Group Decision Making

ByMark Schafer

part |112 pages

State Actors

chapter |14 pages

The Presidency

ByGlenn P. Hastedt

chapter |13 pages

The National Security Council

ByVincent A. Auger

chapter |15 pages

The Department of State

ByJerel Rosati, Scott DeWitt

chapter |10 pages

The Department of Defense

ByPeter J. Dombrowski

chapter |14 pages

National Security Intelligence

ByLoch K. Johnson

chapter |14 pages

The Foreign Economic Bureaucracy

ByI.M. “Mac” Destler

chapter |16 pages


ByRalph G. Carter, James M. Scott

chapter |14 pages

Law and Courts

ByGordon Silverstein

part |55 pages

Non-State Actors

chapter |14 pages

Public Opinion

ByDouglas C. Foyle

chapter |14 pages

News Media

ByDouglas A. Van Belle

chapter |13 pages

Interest Groups

ByPatrick J. Haney

chapter |12 pages


ByLaura Neack

part |43 pages

Policy Instruments

chapter |14 pages

The Use of Military Force

ByBrandon C. Prins, Mark Souva

chapter |13 pages

Economic Sanctions

ByDavid Lektzian, Mark Souva

chapter |14 pages

Foreign Aid

ByMarijke Breuning, Christopher Linebarger

part |85 pages

Transnational Challenges

chapter |15 pages

Weapons Proliferation and Arms Control

ByDan Caldwell

chapter |15 pages


ByBradley A. Thayer

chapter |13 pages

Global Trade

ByTerrence Guay

chapter |14 pages

Human Rights

ByShannon L. Blanton, David L. Cingranelli

chapter |14 pages

Environmental Policy

ByMichael E. Kraft

chapter |12 pages

The Balance of Power

ByR. William Ayres