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.

Chen Guangcheng: The Case of the Blind Dissident and US-China Relations

Chen Guangcheng: The Case of the Blind Dissident and US-China Relations

Chen Guangcheng: The case of the blind dissident and US-China relations
Joyce P.Kaufman

Before You Begin

  • Why did one individual, Chen Guangcheng, have such an impact on US-China relations?
  • Why was Chen an important figure in China?
  • How did the negotiations about Chen unfold?
  • What were the possible outcomes of the negotiations?
  • How much of the outcome of this case was based on circumstances and coincidence (e.g., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton happened to be in China at that time)?
  • In what ways might the story of Chen Guangcheng change China's human rights policy?


The story of the escape of forty-year-old blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng from house arrest in a remote village in China, ending with his flight to and resettlement ...

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