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The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone

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What role should America play in the world? What key challenges face us in the century to come, and how should we define our national interests? These questions have been given electrifying new significance in the wake of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

Not since Rome has any nation had so much economic, cultural, and military power, but that power is still not enough to solve global problems like terrorism, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction without involving other nations. In The Paradox of American Power, Joseph S. Nye, Jr. focuses on the rise of these and other new challenges and explains clearly why America must adopt a more cooperative engagement with the rest of the world.

The threat of terrorism, Nye argues, is merely the most alarming example of why we must engage in constructive relations with other nations weak and strong. Now more than ever, as technology spreads and non-governmental organizations ranging from transnational corporations to terrorists increase their power, American leadership must reorient itself toward the global community. Further, for many key issues--from international financial stability to drug smuggling and global climate change to terrorism--military power alone cannot ensure success and at times may undermine rather than enhance our objectives. Nye argues convincingly that in the coming century the U.S. will rely less on our military might and more on the power that derives from the appeal of our culture, values and institutions, what he calls our "soft power." But this soft power cannot flourish in a climate in which the U.S. is viewed as selfish and motivated only by self-interest.

The Paradox of American Power contains the essential roadmap for maintaining America's power and reducing its vulnerability in the years to come. Sure to be controversial, it's a must read for anyone wishing to understand the complicated world in which we suddenly find ourselves.

Synopsis:

Not since the Roman Empire has any nation had as much economic, cultural, and military power as the United States does today. Yet, as has become all too evident through the terrorist attacks of September 11th and the impending threat of the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran, that power is not enough to solve global problems--like terrorism, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction--without involving other nations. Here Joseph S. Nye, Jr. focuses on the rise of these and other new challenges and explains clearly why America must adopt a more cooperative engagement with the rest of the world.

About the Author

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, was Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and an Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, he is the author several books, including Governance in a Globalizing World and Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The American Colossus

2. The Information Revolution

3. Globalization

4. The Home Front

5. Redefining the National Interest

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195161106
Author:
Nye, Joseph S
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Nye, Joseph S., Jr.
Author:
null, Joseph S.
Author:
Nye, Joseph S., Jr. JR. JR. JR. JR.
Author:
Nye, Joseph S., Jr.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
American
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Foreign
Subject:
Defense Policy
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Foreign and Defense Policy
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
International cooperation
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Foreign & Defense Policy
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
Politics | American Politics
Subject:
| Foreign & Defense Policy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography.Includes index.
Series Volume:
no. 85
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1614 color plates
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.14x5.26x.47 in. .42 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Not since the Roman Empire has any nation had as much economic, cultural, and military power as the United States does today. Yet, as has become all too evident through the terrorist attacks of September 11th and the impending threat of the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran, that power is not enough to solve global problems--like terrorism, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction--without involving other nations. Here Joseph S. Nye, Jr. focuses on the rise of these and other new challenges and explains clearly why America must adopt a more cooperative engagement with the rest of the world.
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