The second edition of "US Foreign Policy after the Cold War "provides a comprehensive introduction to the main actors and machinery of American foreign policy. It also offers an assessment of the foreign policy records of the Clinton and the two Bush administrations. It examines how America struggled to find a defining role in the decade after the Cold War and then assesses the revolution in US foreign and security policy brought about as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It charts the unilateralist trends in the first George W Bush administration and suggests that there may be some changes in foreign policy during the second four years as a result of the experience of going-it-alone on Iraq.
The book provides an inside account of the major actors in US foreign policy - the White House, the State Department, Pentagon, intelligence agencies, Congress, media and public opinion. It then considers the priorities of US foreign policy including:
- Rogue states
- The promotion of democracy
- The Middle East
It also contains an overview of the debate about the direction of US foreign policy within the US and analyses the implications of American power for the rest of the world. This book is essential reading for professionals and academics with interests in the United States, international politics and international relations.