Academic journal article Military Review

THINKING BEYOND BOUNDARIES: Transnational Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy

Academic journal article Military Review

THINKING BEYOND BOUNDARIES: Transnational Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy

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THINKING BEYOND BOUNDARIES: Transnational Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy Hugh Liebert, John Griswold, and Isaiah Wilson III, eds., Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2015, 256 pages

Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Transnational Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy is a compilation of eighteen papers into three narrower-yet still broad-topical areas. The papers were primarily written by U.S. Military Academy faculty for the 2011 Student Conference on U.S. Affairs. The conference is an annual four-day event focused on U.S. foreign policy, hosted at the academy. It brings together faculty and undergraduates from universities across the United States and foreign universities, as well as policymakers from around the world.

The first six papers examine domestic issues in foreign policy. The second six papers examine regional dynamics in foreign policy. The final six papers consider how to turn global challenges into foreign policy opportunities.

In thought-provoking fashion, the papers within the first section address a myriad of domestic issues that influence, if not drive, U.S. foreign policy. Consider the challenges and opportunities in developing and coordinating whole-of-government approaches to foreign policy issues within the current domestic political environment. How does the evolution of education in the United States influence foreign policy? Does the average citizen give thought to how civil-military relations in the United States affect foreign policy? How do these, and other domestic issues, influence domestic policies as we strive to protect national interests?

The second section of the book focuses on regions of the globe beyond U.S. boundaries. Issues are pursued relating to China as a competitor and partner and to the continually changing politics of the Middle East, as relationships with allies shiftin accordance with their strategic interests. The authors consider how the European economic crisis, the European Union, and the future of NATO affect foreign policy. …

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