As a field of study, foreign policy analysis is characterized by its actor-specific focus. In the simplest terms, it is the study of the process, effects, causes, or outputs of foreign policy decision-making in either a comparative or case-specific manner. The underlying and often implicit argument theorizes that human beings, acting as a group or within a group, compose and cause change in international politics.
Reflecting the diverse, comparative and multidisciplinary nature of the field, Foreign Policy Analysis provides an open forum for research publication that enhances communication across theoretical, methodological, geographical, and disciplinary boundaries. The editorial and review process emphasizes accessibility of content for scholars of all perspectives and approaches, so that Foreign Policy Analysis provides a outlet for theoretical and methodological integration that deepens the conceptual debates throughout the study of international politics.
Foreign Policy Analysis is published on behalf of the International Studies Association by Blackwell Publishing. The International Studies Association is a multidisciplinary organization that promotes collaboration among specialists whose interests are focused on international, cross-national or transnational phenomena. It promotes interdisciplinary approaches to problems that cannot fruitfully be examined from the confines of a single discipline. The International Studies Association seeks to foster the growth of an international community of scholars, to encourage both theoretical and policy-oriented research on topics in international studies, to develop channels of communication between academics and policy-makers and to improve the teaching of international studies.
Foreign Policy Analysis is based at the University of Missouri in the Department of Political Science.