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.

Hitting the Russian Reset Button: Why Is Cooperation So Hard?

Hitting the Russian Reset Button: Why Is Cooperation So Hard?

Hitting the Russian reset button: Why is cooperation so hard?
Ralph G.Carter and James M.Scott

Before You Begin

  • Why did the U.S.-Russian relationship deteriorate after the Cold War ended? Why didn't these former adversaries see eye-to-eye?
  • What changed to cause these regimes to reach out to each other? Did policies change, or did leaders?
  • Who initiated this outreach, and why? What was to be the basis of a new and better relationship?
  • What was accomplished in this outreach? Which issues got addressed and which didn't? Why?
  • Why has cooperation proved to be so difficult? What does this case suggest about other contentious relationships?


The George W. Bush administration often refused to engage “rogue” or problematic regimes unless preconditions were met, arguing that to ...

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