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New Book Examines America’s Role in the World

Jan 2014 | In print

American Foreign Policy and the Challenges of World Leadership: Power, Principle, and the Constitution provides an insider’s account of U.S. foreign policy that explores its underlying and driving constitutional principles.  The book focuses on the fundamentals of foreign policy: its theory, historical evolution, institutions, and instruments of power.  Among the instruments examined in depth are America’s uses of diplomacy, trade, aid, war-making, moral suasion, spying, and covert action.  It also shows how the personalities of people in high office can influence foreign policy.  Contemporary issues---including global terrorism, nuclear weapons proliferation, global environmental degradation, world population presses, and immigration issues---are addressed throughout. 

American Foreign Policy and the Challenges of World Leadership provides a unique perspective on U.S. foreign policy, emphasizing the constitutional issues that emerge during the foreign policy process in an accessible and clearly written manner,” said John G. Oates, a foreign policy specialist at Ohio State University.  The book sets the stage for the ongoing debate about how the United States ought to conduct itself as a world power in the twenty-first century. 

Loch K. Johnson is a Regents and Meigs Professor in the Department of International Affairs, School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.  In 2012, he won the inaugural SEC Professor of the Year Award and, in 2014, the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association presented him with its “Distinguished Scholar” Prize.

American Foreign Policy and the Challenges of World Leadership: Power, Principle, and the Constitution
By Loch K. Johnson
Oxford University Press
Hardback: $80

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Loch K. Johnson

Department of International Affairs

Regents Professor

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor

Loch Kingsford Johnson is the Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, as well as a Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is the author of over 200 articles and essays; and the author or editor of thirty books on U.S. national security.