A Concise Introduction to American Foreign Policy provides a comprehensive picture of America's behavior in world affairs. It is designed to assist the reader to appreciate the complexity of both the domestic and external settings of American foreign policy. It emphasizes how American foreign and defense policy-making is accomplished. Uniquely, it provides a succinct survey of both the development and the characteristic patterns of American foreign policy. In doing so, it stresses the central themes of U.S. foreign policy and global experience, especially since the end of World War II. It concludes that rather than the emergence of a grand strategy to replace the cold war's policy of containment, a number of contending foreign policy approaches can be identified. It indicates how post-cold war managers of American foreign policy have pragmatically incorporated elements of the contending approaches into their policy.