Perspectives on U.S. Foreign Policy


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Perspectives on U.S. Foreign Policy
The modern era has been characterized by U.S. foreign policy which must take into account the waning influence the nation has as the most powerful country in the world. David Mason argued that "the United States discovered the limits of military power in Vietnam, Somalia, and Haiti, among others, and in almost every case of U.S. military intervention in the postwar period, U.S. goals were not ultimately achieved" (Mason 214). There are a plethora of institutional structures and organizational processes which have had a hand in shaping the history of the U.S. and its role in the world. Complex interdependence is a well known perspective within neoliberalism posited by Robert Keohane and Joseph Nye. It...
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..... outside of the ultimate objectives of the state. This jockeying for power may be elucidated in manifold policy decisions which fall outside of the scope of Rational Choice. The bellicose trend of U.S. foreign policy in the modern era is in sharp contrast to a Rational Choice approach. The U.S. has seemed "to favor unilateralist approaches to foreign policy and continued reliance on the military instrument" to direct its foreign policy objectives (Mason 110). This tragic premise is the key to why U.S. foreign policy has been a critical component which has reduced the influence of the nation in the global balance of power.
Works Cited
Mason, David. The End of the American Century. Lanham, MD:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009. Print.