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The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy: Insights and Evidence 7th Edition

RESEARCH Book by Ivo H. Daalder , Dina Smeltz , and Craig Kafura
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George Bakos

This book, meant for students in American foreign policy, gives a broad introduction to a wide range of domestic factors that influence US policymakers.

The seventh edition of this leading reader for courses in American foreign policy offers students an up-to-date, highly accessible introduction to the broad array of domestic factors influencing US policymakers. James McCormick offers 22 carefully selected essays, more than half of which are new or revised. These current, insightful, and sometimes controversial essays are contributed by a distinguished group of scholars, journalists, and public officials. The only reader to focus on domestic sources of American foreign policy, the book is organized into three thematic sections, each prefaced by a brief introduction written by the editor. Part one assesses how society contributes to foreign policy, part two examines the role of various political institutions and bureaucracies, and part three presents case studies of foreign policymaking that highlight the role of individual and group decision-makers. Featuring nine new chapters, this latest edition provides a detailed analysis of foreign policy from the Vietnam War through the end of the Obama administration.

Contributions by:

  • Adam J. Berinsky
  • Joshua W. Busby
  • Ivo H. Daalder
  • I. M. (Mac) Destler
  • Colin Dueck
  • Robert Entman
  • Peter D. Feaver
  • Louis Fisher
  • Michèle A. Flournoy
  • Christopher Gelpi
  • James M. Goldgeier
  • Robert Jervis
  • Craig Kafura
  • Fred Kaplan
  • James M. Lindsay
  • John Mearsheimer
  • Jonathan Monten
  • Henry R. Nau
  • Michael Nelson
  • James P. Pfiffner
  • Dina Smeltz
  • Tony Smith
  • Jordan Tama
  • James C. Thomson Jr.
  • Stephen Walt
  • John Western

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About the Authors
CEO, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013. He joined the Council as president in 2013 and took on the new role of CEO in 2023. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of 10 books.
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Vice President, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
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Dina Smeltz, a polling expert, has more than 25 years of experience designing and fielding international social and political surveys. Prior to joining the Council to lead its annual survey of American attitudes on US foreign policy, she served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US State Department's Office of Research from 1992 to 2008.
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Director of Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
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Craig Kafura is the director of public opinion and foreign policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and a Pacific Forum Young Leader. At the Council, he coordinates work on public opinion and foreign policy and is a regular contributor to the public opinion and foreign policy blog Running Numbers.
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