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 Nuclear Standoff Between the United States and Iran: Muscular Diplomacy and the Ticking Clock

The Nuclear Standoff Between the United States and Iran: Muscular Diplomacy and the Ticking Clock

The nuclear standoff between the United States and Iran: Muscular diplomacy and the ticking clock

Before You Begin

  • What have been the trends and patterns in U.S.-Iranian relations over the past six decades? Why do history and context matter in foreign policy decision making for U.S.-Iranian relations?
  • How do the United States and Iran view each other, and are those perceptions accurate? Could the perceptions be changed?
  • How has the Obama administration differed from the previous Bush administration in its approach to negotiations with Iran?
  • What are the domestic political constraints, especially in Iran, that may prevent the two countries from improving their relations or compromising on the nuclear issue? With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's tenure as ...
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