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U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Paradox of World Power

Seventh Edition

July 2024 | 360 pages | CQ Press
The same aspects of American government and society that propelled the United States to global primacy have also hampered its orderly and successful conduct of foreign policy. This paradox challenges U.S. leaders to overcome threats to America's world power in the face of fast-moving global developments and political upheavals at home. U.S. Foreign Policy explores this paradox, identifies its key sources and manifestations, and considers its future implications. Authors Steven W. Hook and Amy Skonieczny help students learn how to think critically about these cascading developments and the link between the process and the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. 

Figures, Tables, Maps, and Boxes
Part I The Setting of U.S. Foreign Policy
Chapter 1 The United States in a Turbulent World
Chapter 2 The Expansion of U.S. Power
Chapter 3 Dynamics of Decision Making
Part II Inside-Out: Government Sources of Foreign Policy
Chapter 4 Presidential Power
Chapter 5 Congress Beyond the “Water’s Edge”
Chapter 6 The Foreign Policy Bureaucracy
Part III Outside-In: External Sources of Foreign Policy
Chapter 7 Public Opinion at Home and Abroad
Chapter 8 The Impact of Mass Communications
Chapter 9 Social Movements and Interest Groups
Part IV Policy Domains
Chapter 10 National Security and Defense Policy
Chapter 11 Economic Statecraft
Chapter 12 Transnational Policy Problems
Appendix A U.S. Administrations Since World War II
Appendix B The War Powers Resolution of 1973
Author Citations and Index
About the Author


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One of the best foreign policy books out there. This book has all the aspects that you want to teach.

Zachary Houser
Florida State University

This book does an excellent job outlining the process of US foreign policy and the institutions of US foreign policy. More importantly, it is incredibly accessible and its approach is useful not just to students who are interested in USFP but to all students of American government.

Michael Grossman
University of Mount Union

An approachable text that uses a range of foreign policy theories to explore the sometimes contradictory ways the United States exercises power in a globalized world.

Brian R. Urlacher
University of North Dakota

This is a good, readable foreign policy text that covers all the basics. 

Darren Wheeler
Ball State University
Key features


  • All chapters have been updated with new research and coverage of recent developments in U.S. foreign policy, enabling readers to make connections between key concepts and current events.  
  • Major global developments included and discussed throughout the volume include the Covid-19 pandemic, the global climate crisis and weather-related disasters, new threats to democracies, and challenges to human rights.
  • New international coverage familiarizes readers with current global topics, such as U.S. trade policy with China, the COP28 Climate Change Summit, the Russian-Ukraine War, and Israel’s response to the Hamas terrorist attack.
  • New domestic coverage provides readers with a better understanding of U.S. policy, drawing on new developments from the Biden administration including U.S. policy on NATO and Ukraine, climate change, global cooperation, and human rights.
  • New sections on the role of social media, technology, and AI have been added to enhance reader understanding of how new media shapes foreign policy.
  • New examples and references spotlight a diverse range of contributions within foreign policy scholarship, decision-making processes, and resultant impacts.


  • Learning objectives contain measurable takeaways for each chapter and guide students in close, focused reading. 
  • “In Their Own Words” boxes offer insightful perspectives on the policy process. 
  • Two useful appendixes list U.S. administrations since World War II and present the text of the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

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