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In a challenging, provocative book, Andrew Bacevich reconsiders the assumptions and purposes governing the exercise of American global power. Examining the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton--as well as George W. Bush's first year in office--he demolishes the view that the United States has failed to devise a replacement for containment as a basis for foreign policy. He finds instead that successive post-Cold War administrations have adhered to a well-defined "strategy of openness." Motivated by the imperative of economic expansionism, that strategy aims to foster an open and integrated international order, thereby perpetuating the undisputed primacy of the world's sole remaining superpower. Moreover, openness is not a new strategy, but has been an abiding preoccupation of policymakers as far back as Woodrow Wilson.

Although based on expectations that eliminating barriers to the movement of trade, capital, and ideas nurtures not only affluence but also democracy, the aggressive pursuit of openness has met considerable resistance. To overcome that resistance, U.S. policymakers have with increasing frequency resorted to force, and military power has emerged as never before as the preferred instrument of American statecraft, resulting in the progressive militarization of U.S. foreign policy.

Neither indictment nor celebration, American Empire sees the drive for openness for what it is--a breathtakingly ambitious project aimed at erecting a global imperium. Large questions remain about that project's feasibility and about the human, financial, and moral costs that it will entail. By penetrating the illusions obscuring the reality of U.S. policy, this book marks an essential first step toward finding the answers.

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In a provocative book, Andrew Bacevich reconsiders the assumptions and purposes governing the exercise of American global power. Examining the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton--as well as George W. Bush's first year in office--he demolishes the view that the United States has failed to devise a replacement for containment as a basis for foreign policy.

About the Author

Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University.

Boston University

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. The Myth of the Reluctant Superpower

2. Globalization and Its Conceits

3. Policy by Default

4. Strategy of Openness

5. Full Spectrum Dominance

6. Gunboats and Gurkhas

7. Rise of the Proconsuls

8. Different Drummers, Same Drum

9. War for the Imperium

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674013759
Author:
Bacevich, Andrew J.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Security (National & International)
Subject:
History - United States/20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
March 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 12 oz

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