U.S. Foreign Policy: The Paradox of World Power

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for U.S. Foreign Policy: The Paradox of World Power, Sixth Edition!

“Hook’s text delivers a comprehensive but up-to-date and easily accessible account of the internal and external forces that constrain U. S. foreign policy makers.” 
Niall MichelsenWestern Carolina University

The same aspects of American government and society that propelled the United States to global primacy have also hampered its orderly and successful conduct of foreign policy. This paradox challenges U.S. leaders to overcome threats to America's world power in the face of fast-moving global developments and political upheavals at home.

U.S. Foreign Policy explores this paradox, identifies its key sources and manifestations, and considers its future implications. Bestselling author Steven W. Hook shows readers how to think critically about these cascading developments and the link between the process and the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. 

The Sixth Edition highlights global and domestic shifts in the balance of power that affect U.S. foreign policy. It includes essential coverage of foreign policy initiatives under the Trump administration and how they compare to the actions of his recent predecessors. The most pressing question is whether U.S. foreign policymakers can manage these dynamics in a manner that preserves U.S. primacy.

This site features an array of free resources you can access anytime, anywhere.


We gratefully acknowledge Steven W. Hook for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Alicia Fernandez for developing the resources on this site.