Many actors—from the president and members of Congress to interest groups, NGOs, and the media—compete to shape U.S. foreign policy. The new fifth edition captures this strategic interplay using 15 real-world cases, of which four are brand new: the death of Osama bin Laden and the use of targeted assassinations, nonproliferation policy and the U.S.–India nuclear agreement, the U.S. reaction to Egypt's collision with the Arab Spring, and the surprise asylum request of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. Fully updated to cover the Obama administration, all cases have been revised to reflect recent developments. Whether grappling with use-of-force questions, the international financial crisis, legal and human rights, trade issues, multilateral approaches to the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran, or climate change, Carter's engaging case study approach encourages students to question motives, consider alternatives, and analyze outcomes.
- Chapter 1: The United States Versus Terrorism: From the Embassy Bombings in Tanzania and Kenya to the Surge and Drawdown of Forces in Afghanistan
- Chapter 2: Assassinating bin Laden: Right or Wrong?
- Chapter 3: Executive Decisions and Preventive War: Strategies of Intervention and Withdrawal in Iraq (2003–2011)
- Chapter 4: The Nuclear Standoff Between the United States and Iran: Muscular Diplomacy and the Ticking Clock
- Chapter 5: The United States and North Korea: Avoiding a Worst-Case Scenario
- Chapter 6: Nonproliferation Policy Crossroads: The US-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
- Chapter 7: Hitting the Russian Reset Button: Why Is Cooperation So Hard?
- Chapter 8: Friendly Tyrants? The Arab Spring and the Egyptian Revolution
- Chapter 9: Chen Guangcheng: The Case of the Blind Dissident and US-China Relations
- Chapter 10: The Global Financial Crisis: Governments, Banks, and Markets
- Chapter 11: Sino-American Trade Relations: Privatizing Foreign Policy
- Chapter 12: The Politics of Climate Change: Will the US Act to Prevent Calamity?
- Chapter 13: National Security Surveillance: Unchecked or Limited Presidential Power?
- Chapter 14: The Rights of Detainees: Determining the Limits of Law
- Chapter 15: The International Criminal Court: National Interests Versus International Norms