The U.S. Role in a Changing World helps students reflect on global changes, assess national priorities, and decide for themselves the role the United States should play in the world today.
For many, the attacks of September 11th, 2001 brought home the importance of international issues. The war in Iraq has added to the immediacy of international issues. While questions about terrorism and security are high on the list of concerns, other issues also clamor for attention. A changing global economy, the threat of climate change, and the spread of HIV/AIDS are on policymakers' radar screens.
Readings review the forces that shape the U.S. role in the world today. Part I reviews three critical turning points in the history of U.S. foreign policy. Part II examines several pressing issues facing the United States and the world today: the economy, human health and the environment, international relations, and culture and values. Part III explores security concerns in the United States and considers how the issues presented in Part II influence policy decisions about security.