New Volume Examines Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan, and Russia

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Worldviews of Aspiring Powers, a new volume edited by Henry R. Nau and Deepa M. Ollapally, provides a serious study of the domestic foreign policy debates in five world powers that have gained more influence as the US has weakened: China, Japan, India, Russia and Iran.

Worldviews of Aspiring Powers emerges from a project of the same name funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where both authors have appointments.  

Featuring leading regional scholars for each country, the Oxford University Press volume identifies the most important domestic schools of thought--Nationalists, Realists, Globalists, Idealists/ Exceptionalists--and connects them to the historical and institutional sources that fuel each nation's foreign policy experience. While scholars have applied this approach to US foreign policy, this book is the first to track the competing schools of foreign policy thought within five of the world's most important rising powers. Concise and systematic, Worldviews of Aspiring Powers serves as both an essential resource for foreign policy scholars trying to understand international power transitions and as a text for courses that focus on the same.

Henry R. Nau is Professor of Political Science at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, and author of The Myth of America's Decline (Oxford UP).

Deepa M. Ollapally is Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Associate Research Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, and author of The Politics of Extremism in South Asia (Cambridge UP).