US Foreign Policy

Third Edition

Michael Cox, Doug Stokes

US Foreign Policy

Third Edition

Michael Cox, Doug Stokes






2 Jul 2018




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Giving students a perspective on US foreign policy that is critical and connected, US Foreign Policy is the student toolkit for navigating the ever-changing dynamics of the subject area.

Using the book, students learn how to critically assess US foreign policy, as they are presented with diverse political perspectives and given the tools to come to their own conclusions.

Carefully developed 'major debates' and 'controversies' features help students to connect theory with the real-world politics.

As policy continues to change before our eyes, US Foreign Policy brings together the world's leading experts in the field to provide the most comprehensive overview of America's ever-changing role in international politics.

This new edition reflects the legacy of the Obama administration, the unfurling impacts of President Trump, and the American role in world affairs. It includes new chapters on gender, religion, the rise of the US economy, East Asia, and the Liberal International Order.

The following online resources for students and lecturers accompany the book:

For students:
Interactive map detailing U.S. foreign policy by region
Multiple choice questions

For lecturers:
Essay and seminar questions


1: Introduction, Cox and Stokes
Part 1: Rethinking America
2: Theories of US foreign policy, Schmidt
3: American Exceptionalism, Deudney and Meiser
Part 2: Historical Contexts
4: The US rise to world power 1776-1945, LaFeber
5: The Economic Rise of a Superpower: From Washington to Trump, Cox
6: American foreign policy during the Cold War, Saull
7: America in the 1990s, Dumbrell
8: The 21st century and smart power, Nye
Part 3: Institutions and Processes
9: Domestic influences on foreign policy-making, Parmar and Aronica
10: Regional shifts and US foreign policy, Trubowitz
11: Media and US Foreign Policy, Robinson
Part 4: The United States and the World
12: US foreign policy in the Middle East, Dodge
13: The USA and the EU, Smith
14: US foreign policy in Russia, Rutland
15: US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific, Zhang
16: US foreign policy in Latin America, Dunkerley
17: US foreign policy in Africa, Patman
Part 5: Key Issues
18: Global terrorism, Rogers
19: Religion, Marsden
20: Gender, Bashevkin
21: Global Environment, Eckersley
Part 6: Futures and Scenarios
22: The American Liberal Order: from Creation, Ikenberry to Crisis, Ikenberry
23: Drifting Apart?: The Emerging End of the Transatlantic Partnership, Walt
24: The future of US foreign policy, Lieven
25: US primary or decline?: a debate, Layne, Wohlforth and Brooks


Edited by Michael Cox , Professor Emeritus of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

Doug Stokes , Professor of International Relations, University of Exeter

Michael Cox is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Director of LSE IDEAS - the top ranked university affiliated Think Tank in Europe. The author and editor of over 25 books including major studies on E.H .Carr, the end of the Cold War and US Foreign policy, his more recent work has focused on challenging what he thinks are the three myths of our time: the notion that the 21st century will be Asian, the now widespread view that the decline of the United States is inevitable, and the associated belief that we are moving into a post- western world order. Doug Stokes is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Advanced International Studies and Faculty Director of Post-Graduate Research at the University of Exeter. He specializes in US foreign policy, international security and debates on grand strategy and has published a number of books, journal articles and book chapters in these areas. Professor Stokes has also advised and presented his research to a range of UK government organisations and agencies and is Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a leading defence think tank based in Whitehall.