1 July 2016

This collection of essays by renowned scholar Amitai Etzioni challenges readers to reconsider their basic assumptions about the making of foreign policy.


Amitai Etzioni

Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, George Washington University



With chapters focusing on the Middle East, China and the EU, as well as articles with a more global focus, the book offers thought-provoking and insightful perspectives on international foreign policy that challenge existing academic debate in the field.

The book will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners of foreign policy and international relations, as well as to general readers wishing to deepen their understanding of this area.

Foreign Policy: Thinking Outside the Box is the first book to be produced as part of Insights: A Chatham House Series on Critical Issues in International Affairs, published in conjunction with Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

About the author

Amitai Etzioni is professor of International Affairs and director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University, US. He served as the president of the American Sociological Association in 1994–95, and in 1989–90 was the founding president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.

In 1990 he founded the Communitarian Network, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shoring up the moral, social and political foundations of society. He was the editor of The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, the organization’s quarterly journal, from 1991–2004.

He has written more than 30 books, including From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations (2004), How Patriotic is the Patriot Act?: Freedom Versus Security in the Age of Terrorism (2004) and Security First: For A Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy (2007).

About the Insights book series

Insights provides new perspectives and knowledge on an increasingly complex, uncertain and interconnected world. Concise, lively and authoritative, these books will, through different modes of interpretation, put a wide range of country, regional and international developments into the global context.

Focusing on topical issues within key policy areas such as health, security, economics, law and the environment, books will be accessible in style, written by leading experts—both academic and practitioner—anticipating trends and illuminating new ideas and thinking. Insights will be of great interest to all those seeking to develop a deeper understanding of the policy challenges and choices facing decision-makers, in the academic and practitioner world as well as for the more general readership.