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.

Sino-American Trade Relations: Privatizing Foreign Policy

Sino-American Trade Relations: Privatizing Foreign Policy

Sino-American trade relations: Privatizing foreign policy
Steven W.Hook and Franklin BarrLebo

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  • In what ways did the U.S. policy of engagement with China reflect general changes in U.S. foreign policy after the Cold War?
  • How did the composition of Congress and the worldview of the president affect the prospects for trade “normalization” between the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC)?
  • Which interest groups and nongovernmental organizations became active as advocates or opponents of closer economic relations between the two countries?
  • To what extent did the outcome of the debate on normalization of trade and U.S. support for China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) reflect economic disparities between business interests and nonprofit nongovernmental organizations?
  • What have been the key trends ...
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