U.S. Foreign Policy provides the most comprehensive overview of America's role in international politics. Expert contributors focus in turn on the historical background, institutions, regional relations, and contemporary issues that are key to its foreign policy-making. The second edition includes two new chapters on Obama's use of smart power and a debate on the nature of U.S. hegemony. All chapters have been updated with important developments including the effects of the global financial crisis, the on-going conflict in Afghanistan, and political uprisings inthe Middle East. Incorporating helpful learning features and an extensive accompanying website, this is the ideal textbook for students of U.S. foreign policy.