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.

National Security Surveillance: Unchecked or Limited Presidential Power?

National security surveillance: Unchecked or limited presidential power?

Louis Fisher

Before You Begin

  • How does the Constitution balance the needs of national security against the rights and liberties of the individual?
  • In the field of national security, does the president possess “inherent” powers that are immune from legislative and judicial controls?
  • What principles should guide government in balancing the need for national security wiretaps against the constitutional right of privacy?
  • If Congress legislates in the area of foreign intelligence surveillance and selects a procedure that is “exclusive,” can the president ignore the statutory command?
  • Is it sufficient for the president to notify eight lawmakers and have them briefed about national security wiretaps conducted without a judicial warrant?
  • What role should federal courts play in supervising ...
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