The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: The Effects of a Divided America

Front Cover
Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Political Science - 329 pages
In The Crisis of American Foreign Policy, noted scholar Howard J. Wiarda argues that the foreign policy of the United States reflects the divisions and dysfunctions we see in our domestic culture and society. Examining the main traditions, institutions, and challenges of American foreign policy, this text is an entertaining read as well as a serious one. It tackles such critical issues as ethnocentrism in foreign policy as well as U.S. efforts to extend democracy, human rights, and civil society in other countries. It includes a balanced chapter on globalization and a discussion on how to deal with authoritarian regimes. With his long experience in Washington policymaking, Wiarda offers especially innovative chapters on the links between foreign policy and Washington think tanks, lobbying and interest groups in the foreign affairs area, and Washington social life. Key areas covered include Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Concise, clearly written, well-organized, challenging, and provocative, this is a textbook that students and professors are sure to appreciate.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

American Foreign Policy Politics and Paralysis
13
New Challenges in US Foreign Policy
27
The Main Institutions of Foreign Policymaking
59
The New Powerhouses Think Tanks and Foreign Policy
93
The Washington Social Circuit and Foreign Policy
117
HOT GLOBAL ISSUES
133
Ethnocentrism and Foreign Policy Can We Understand the Third World?
135
The Democracy Agenda in US Foreign Policy
169
REGIONAL RESPONSES
241
Asia and the Effort to Grow Civil Society
243
Democracy and Development in SubSaharan Africa
259
Benign Neglect American Foreign Policy in Latin America in the Post Cold War Era
277
The Middle East and Islamic Society
295
Conclusion
311
Suggested Readings
317
Index
321

Human Rights Policy
183
Friendly Tyrants and American Interests
199
Globalization and Its Critics
217
About the Author
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2006)

Howard J. Wiarda is Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations and head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He is also Senior Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.

Bibliographic information