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.

The Politics of Climate Change: Will the US Act to Prevent Calamity?

The Politics of Climate Change: Will the US Act to Prevent Calamity?

The politics of climate change: Will the US act to prevent calamity?
Rodger A.Payne and SeanPayne

Before You Begin

  • What is the American national interest regarding climate change? How do leaders balance economic concerns against environmental issues?
  • Which organizations, coalitions, and leaders most influence climate change policy in the United States? What interests do they pursue?
  • What role do cities and states play in shaping American policy on climate change?
  • Will the United States likely play a pivotal role in ongoing international negotiations about climate change?
  • Is the United States likely to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions without a formal new climate treaty? What policy processes might lead to a reduction in emissions?

Introduction: The U.S. Perspective

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