Pundits often treat foreign policy decision making as a simple matter of morality or politics, and academics often ignore it entirely, viewing policy as driven not by individual officials but by broad structural forces. Foreign policy professionals, in contrast, generally see the subject as an arena of constrained choice. They try to figure out just how much freedom of action they actually have in a particular situation, and debate how best to use that freedom to advance the national interest. The hallmark of the serious professional's approach to foreign policy is not certainty but doubt; they live in a world with no easy answers, only an endless series of unpleasant tradeoffs.
This collection is an introduction to that world. Originally published in Foreign Affairs, the essays gathered here offer a broad array of opinions on pressing topics ranging from handling rogue states to humanitarian intervention, from designing trade policy to dealing with the UN to managing relations with China.
Masters of International Relations gathers together a few of the most recent articles in Foreign Affairs from some of the leading lights in international relations, showing just how the gap between scholars and policymakers can and should be bridged.
This volume brings together a broad range of Foreign Affairs content to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Samuel Huntington’s classic article “The Clash of Civilizations?”
Bringing together a broad range of important articles from Foreign Affairs and ForeignAffairs.com, Iran and the Bomb tells the story of the Islamic Republic of Iran's quest for nuclear weapons and the outside world's struggle to respond.
This special eBook collection drawn from the archives of Foreign Affairs traces, in real time, the great intellectual debates that defined the twentieth century—and are molding the twenty-first.
Released to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11, The US vs. al Qaeda offers a history of the War on Terror through three decades of the best Foreign Affairs coverage on the subject.
This collection sets the intellectual stage for understanding the revolutions in the Middle East and includes seminal pieces from Foreign Affairs, ForeignAffairs.com, and CFR.org.
Originally published in Foreign Affairs, the essays in this book assess the geopolitical consequences of China's rise to power, the development and environmental challenges China faces at home, and its relations with major world players.
This collection presents Samuel Huntington's original, seminal essay followed by critical responses published in Foreign Affairs.
Starting September 11, 2001, the United States found itself at war. This collection from Foreign Affairs presents today's most authoritative thinking for understanding the war on terror.
The end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union ushered in a new era of international politics. This collection constitutes an essential reading list for anyone interested in contemporary international relations.
Originally published in Foreign Affairs, this collection presents essays on a broad array of topics such as handling rogue states, humanitarian intervention, dealing with the UN, managing relations with China, and more.
This collection presents Samuel Huntington's original, seminal essay followed by critical responses published in Foreign Affairs, including the author’s reply to his critics.