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. Offering a detailed and systematic outline of the field, this text:

  • Explains how international relations theories such as realism, liberalism and constructivism can help us to interpret US foreign policy under President Obama
  • Examines the key influential actors shaping foreign policy, from political parties and think tanks to religious groups and public opinion
  • Explores the most important new policy directions under the Obama administration from the Arab Spring and the rise of China to African policy and multilateralism
  • Supplies succinct presentation of relevant case material, and provides recommendations for further reading and web sources for pursuing future research.

Written by a distinguished line-up of contributors actively engaged in original research on the topics covered, and featuring twelve brand new chapters, this text provides a unique platform for rigorous debate over the contentious issues that surround US foreign policy. This wide-ranging text is essential reading for all students and scholars of US foreign policy.

part |92 pages


chapter |12 pages

Realism and US foreign policy

ByAdam Quinn

chapter |14 pages

Constructivism, US foreign policy, and counterterrorism

ByRichard Jackson, Matt McDonald

chapter |12 pages

Neoconservatism in the age of Obama

ByRobert Singh

chapter |12 pages

Obama, liberalism, and US foreign policy

ByTimothy J. Lynch

chapter |14 pages

Marxism and US foreign policy

ByDoug Stokes, David Maher

chapter |13 pages

Barack Obama

Cosmopolitanism, identity politics, and the decline of Euro-centrism
ByMark Ledwidge

chapter |13 pages

Hegemonic transition and US foreign policy

ByNick Kitchen

part |69 pages

Non-state actors

chapter |12 pages

Parties, polarization, and US foreign policy

BySteven Hurst

chapter |13 pages

Changing minds, changing course

Obama, think tanks, and American foreign policy
ByDonald E. Abelson

chapter |16 pages

American foreign policy during the Obama administration

Insights from the public
ByJames M. McCormick

chapter |13 pages

Corporate elite networks and US foreign policy

The revolving door and the open door under Obama
ByBastiaan van Apeldoorn, Naná de Graaff

part |110 pages

New problems, paradigms, and policies

chapter |20 pages

The Obama administration's policy toward Africa

ByGeorge Klay Kieh

chapter |12 pages

The offensive turn

US intelligence and the ‘war on terror’
ByTrevor McCrisken, Mark Phythian

chapter |22 pages

Transatlantic relations and US foreign policy

ByDavid Hastings Dunn, Benjamin Zala

chapter |12 pages

The US ‘pivot’ to the Asia Pacific

ByOliver Turner

chapter |12 pages

The United States and the Arab spring

Now and then in the Middle East
ByLinda B. Miller

chapter |15 pages

Obama, Wikileaks, and American power

ByInderjeet Parmar

chapter |15 pages

The United States and the UN

Return to the fold?
ByCraig N. Murphy

part |42 pages

A view from practitioners

chapter |14 pages

American power, patterns of rise and decline

ByKetan Patel, Christian Hansmeyer

chapter |14 pages

Presidents' agenda

The decisions that will shape US—China relations
ByKetan Patel, Christian Hansmeyer

chapter |12 pages

Afterword: Securing freedom

Obama, the NSA, and US foreign policy
ByAndrew Hammond, Richard J. Aldrich