Readings on American Foreign Policy

Below you will find a reading list on issues in American Foreign Policy. This list will be an ongoing project which will be updated on a regular basis. I provide a link to the original source. While some are gated, many can be found through google.


American Grand Strategy.

The current debate in American grand strategy is between Liberal Hegemony and Restraint. Liberal hegemony is the current American grand strategy and consists of

Arguments for Restraint.

Come Home America: The Strategy of Restraint in the Face of Temptation” by Eugene Gholz, Daryl G. Press, and Harvey M. Sapolsky, International Security, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Spring 1997)

Don’t Come Home America: The Case Against Retrenchment by Stephen G. Brooks , G. John Ikenberry and William C. WohlforthInternational Security, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Spring 1997)
Arguments for Liberal Hegemony.
Krauthamer and unipolar movement. End of history.
versus huntington.
America and the rise of China.
The American Dilemma. Interest versus Ideals. 
No country has made an attempt to balance it’s ideals with security as America. There are two general ways international stability has been achieved. One is through balance. This method has mostly been employed in Europe. The other is hegemony. This
America and terrorism.
For approximately 15 years, confronting Islamic terrorism was the number goal of American foreign policy. This period is from September 11, 2001 to Trump’s
America and the world economy.
History of American foreign policy.
For a good introduction to a time line of American statecraft I recommend two pieces.
Ambrose’s “Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938” offers a clear and highly readable narrative of the course of American foreign policy from the start of WWII until the Clinton Administration. 
Joyce Kaufman’s “A Concise History of U.S. Foreign Policy.” is also recommended, rather cheap as an e-book, and covers a very large amount of ground (from the founding to Obama).
I also offer an additional work written by Walter Russel Mead titled “Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World.” This piece gives treatment to 4 themes found in American foreign policy.
A reading list of American Democracy Promotion
First read this. Fareed and illiberal democracies. This paper notes the difference between liberal democracies and electoral democracies.