Naval War College Review


Stephen Yetiv


Steven Hook’s textbook of American foreign policy offers a sweeping array of issues that put contemporary American politics in clearer perspective. The pref- ace lays out this paradox: the very sources of American strength have in- creasingly become sources of vulnerabil- ity, among them a sclerotic bureaucracy that cannot “effectively manage the dy- namic world order that, to a consider- able extent, is of its own making.” For Hook, the United States is threatened by forces such as globalization, which it so vigorously promoted and which gave it strength. This work explores the im- pact of this paradox on the process of making U.S. foreign policy.