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.

Friendly Tyrants? The Arab Spring and the Egyptian Revolution

Friendly Tyrants? The Arab Spring and the Egyptian Revolution

Friendly tyrants? The Arab spring and the Egyptian revolution

Before You Begin

  • How does the U.S. government respond to totally unexpected events in regions of critical strategic importance?
  • How should the United States respond when an allied dictator is challenged by his own people?
  • What tools does the United States have to influence events when the key players are not soldiers on the battlefield or government officials around conference tables, but activists in the streets?
  • Does the United States risk being on the wrong side of history when an allied government proves itself unwilling to respond to popular demands for justice and democracy?
  • What do the largely nonviolent civil insurrections teach us about the real nature of political power?


Egypt is by far ...

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