Foreign policy analysis yesterday, today, and tomorrow Academic Article uri icon


  • The catalytic shock of the end of the Cold War and the apparent inability of international relations (IR) theory to predict this profound change have raised questions about how we should go about understanding the world of today. Inherited tools and ways of describing the international arena seem not to work as well as they once did. To explain and predict the behavior of the human collectivities comprising nation-states, IR theory requires a theory of human political choice. Within the study of IR, foreign policy analysis (FPA) has begun to develop such a theoretical perspective. This article reviews the field of foreign policy analysis, examining its research core and its evolution to date. The overview also looks forward, pointing to the future, not only of FPA itself, but to the implications that future developments in FPA may have for the study of international relations. -from Authors

published proceedings

  • Mershon International Studies Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Hudson, V. M., & Vore, C. S.

complete list of authors

  • Hudson, VM||Vore, CS

publication date

  • January 1995