American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st by Bruce W. Jentleson

By Bruce W. Jentleson

A crystal-clear, enticing creation to U.S. overseas coverage via one of many major students within the field.
Addressing either overseas coverage approach and international coverage politics, Bruce Jentleson—respected pupil, award-winning instructor, and overseas coverage practitioner—offers scholars the theoretical framework, old context, and coverage research crucial for figuring out American overseas coverage within the twenty-first century.

Professor Jentleson makes a speciality of overseas coverage approach and overseas coverage politics and employs a four-part framework (the 4 playstation : energy, Peace, Prosperity, and ideas) wherein scholars can start to get pleasure from the issues and offerings confronted through the USA because it attempts to guide a direction via global events.

The Fourth version of American overseas coverage has been completely up-to-date with appropriate political advancements, together with overseas coverage adjustments instituted by way of the Obama management.

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11 Whatever the differences among these perspectives, they share a common view of the importance of foreign policy. Time and again we hear voices claiming that the United States can and should turn inward and can afford to care less about and do less with the rest of the world. But for five fundamental reasons, the importance of foreign policy must not be underestimated. First are security threats. September 11 drove these home all too dramatically. No longer was the threat “over there” in some distant corner of the globe; it had arrived right here at home.

12 System Structure System structure is based on the distribution of power among the major states in the international system. “Poles” refer to how many major powers there are—one in a unipolar system, two in a bipolar system, three or more in a multipolar system. In multipolar systems the key is a balance of power among the three or more states that are the major powers in the system, such that none of them can safely calculate that it can achieve dominance. The international system of the nineteenth century, when the United States was not yet a global power and the old European powers still dominated, is a frequent example of a balance-of-power system.

Foreign policy thus continues to press on Americans, as individuals and as a nation. 6 CH. 1 The Strategic Context The choices it poses are at least as crucial for the twenty-first century as the Cold War and nuclear-age choices were for the second half of the twentieth century. S. S. foreign policy in the post–Cold War world. The analytic framework, as reflected in the book’s subtitle, is the dynamics of choice. It is structured by two fundamental sets of questions that, whatever the specific foreign policy issues involved and whatever the time period being discussed, have been at the center of debate: ■ questions of foreign policy strategy—of what the national interest is and how best to achieve it ■ questions of foreign policy politics—of which institutions and actors within the American political system play what roles and have how much influence Setting foreign policy strategy is the essence of choice, establishing the goals to be achieved and forging the policies that are the optimal means for achieving them.

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