Widely regarded as the most comprehensive comparative foreign policy text, Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective has been completely updated in this much-anticipated second edition. The editors have brought together fifteen top scholars to highlight the importance of both internal and external forces in foreign policymaking. Exploring the foreign policies of thirteen nations—both major and emerging players, and representing all regions of the world—chapter authors link the study of international relations to domestic politics, while treating each nation according to individual histories and contemporary dilemmas. The book's accessible theoretical framework is designed to enable comparative analysis, helping students discern patterns to understand why a state acts as it does in foreign affairs. Each of the thirteen country chapters includes: an introduction by the editors to highlight similar developments in other countries; a discussion of the linkages between internal and external factors and implications for the future; coverage of key foreign policy issues; a map to provide geographical context; and a list of suggested readings.

Venezuelan Foreign Policy: Petro-Politics and Paradigm Change

Venezuelan foreign policy: Petro-politics and paradigm change
Rita Giacalone

Since the election of Hugo Chávez as president in the late 1990s, Venezuela has experienced many significant changes. Bolstered by is oil reserves, Venezuela has sought to play an active and, to a great extent, defiant role both regionally and globally. With its immediate South American neighbors, Venezuela has sought out ideologically compatible regimes in an effort to construct the South American Community of Nations, a politically oriented forum. Venezuela's increasingly radicalized foreign policy has however put it at odds with its immediate neighbor Colombia, as well as with the United States. Venezuelan-U.S. relations have been complicated—to the point where they could be described as “in crisis”—by Chávez's explicit anti-U.S. ...

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