U.S. Foreign Policy provides the most comprehensive overview of America's role in international politics. Expert contributors focus in turn on the historical background, institutions, regional relations, and contemporary issues that are key to its foreign policy-making. The second edition includes two new chapters on Obama's use of smart power and a debate on the nature of U.S. hegemony. All chapters have been updated with important developments including the effects of the global financial crisis, the on-going conflict in Afghanistan, and political uprisings in the Middle East. Incorporating helpful learning features and an extensive accompanying website, this is the ideal textbook for students of U.S. foreign policy. New to this edition Includes two new chapters - an assessment of Barack Obama's use of smart power by Joseph Nye, and a debate about whether the U.S. is in a state of decline by William Wohlforth, Stephen Brooks and Christopher Layne. All chapters have been updated with important developments affecting U.S. foreign policy including the global financial crisis, the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and political uprisings in the Middle East. Existing chapters have been revised to include more on the practicalities of how foreign policy is made, the U.S. relationship with China, as well as lobbying and interest groups. Maps of the key regions are now included in the text.