Foreign Policy, International Relations and World Politics [Reading List]

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  • Beasley, R.K., Kaarbo, J., Lantis, J.S. and Snarr, M.T. (2013) Foreign policy in comparative perspective – domestic and international influences on state behaviour. SAGE. The book develops a framework for foreign policy comparisons (with historical context, external factors and internal factors as main pillars) and applies it to an interesting combination of countries around the world.
  • Breuning, M. (2007) Foreign policy analysis – A comparative introduction. Palgrave Macmillan. The only book here that is only about foreign policy analysis, with a focus on national leaders and their decision-making routines.
  • Jackson, R.J. (2013) Global Politics in the 21st Century. Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, S., Hadfield, A. and Dunne, Tim (2012) Foreign policy – theories, actors, cases. 2nd edn. Oxford University Press. The book offers theoretical insights (e.g. into realism, liberalism and constructivism), conceptual considerations (e.g. regarding national security) and many studies of the foreign policy of countries (e.g. of China)

Online Sources

Brookings Institute

BI Foreign Policy page

Center for Strategic and International Studies

CSIS homepage

Chatham House

Chatham House homepage


Clingendael homepage

Council on Foreign Relations

Grand Strategy

Danish Institute for International Studies

DIIS homepage

Royal Institute for International Relations – EGMONT

EGMONT homepage

Real Instituto Elcano

Real Instituto Elcano homepage

European Union

European Commission – External Relations

Foreign Affairs

FA homepage

Foreign Policy

FP homepage

Foreign Policy Research Institute

FPRI homepage

Foreign Policy in Focus

FPIF homepage

Foundation Defense Democracies

FDD homepage

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

HCSS homepage

International Institute for Strategic Studies

IISS homepage

International Relations and Security Network

ISN homepage

RAND Corporation

International Affairs page

Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies

RUSI homepage


Stratfor homepage


YaleGlobal homepage (publication of Yale Center for the Study of Globalization)

White House (US)

WH Foreign Policy page

World Politics Review

WPC homepage

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