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Overview

As the year 2001 unfolded, the United States stood at the apex of global power, possessing unrivalled military capabilities, a vibrant economy, and-most of all-great self-confidence in its sense of national security. However, after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 shattered those illusions of invincibility, the world's sole superpower embarked on a revolutionary new national strategy based on preventive uses of military force. Although this aggressive approach was formulated to enhance U.S. security, it has actually created new perils for the next generation of Americans.

Written by two seasoned scholars, After Iraq examines America's present position in the global arena and analyzes the long-term consequences that are likely to result from the strategic choices made in the wake of 9/11. Kegley and Raymond provide an insightful overview of the U.S. response to the unconventional threats posed by global terrorism. They argue that the current course of American foreign policy will harm the long-term interests of the U.S. by undermining the moral and legal restraints-which were built painstakingly over the past century-on when and how states may use force. Utilizing a rich array of historical parallels and precedents, the book illuminates instances in which previous great powers embarked on similar self-defeating strategies. It demonstrates that these dominant states were often woefully uninformed about the cultures of their adversaries, rushed to military action without an adequate appreciation of the problems they might face, and made scant effort to prepare contingency plans in case their efforts were derailed. Like the U.S. today, these states once stood at the pinnacle of worldpower. But due to misperceptions about what they could accomplish with military power, they made short-run decisions that undermined their long-term strategic interests. After Iraq proposes ways in which the U.S. can return to some of the idealistic traditions that helped make it a great power while also maintaining its dominant presence in the world.

About the Author:
Charles W. Kegley, Jr. is a Faculty Fellow in Syracuse University's Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

About the Author:
Gregory A. Raymond is the Frank Church Professor of International Relations at Boise State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195177022
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles W. Kegley, Jr. is Pearce Professor of International Relations at the University of South Carolina.

Gregory A. Raymond is Frank Church Professor of International Relations at Boise State University.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
About the Authors     xiii
America and the Global Future     1
America's Foreign Policy Challenge     2
National Security and the International Environment     3
Our Approach and Argument     6
The Past as Prologue     10
Notes     11
Imperial Temptations     14
The Fate of Nations     15
The Future as History     19
Notes     23
An American Imperium     29
America's Deep Footprint     31
The Meaning of American Primacy     34
The Roots of America's Imperious Attitude     37
Superpower Solitaire     39
Notes     40
American Preponderance and Military Peril     51
Security Risks and Policy Responses     52
The Old Face of War     56
The New Face of War     60
The New Global Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy     67
Notes     69
The Changing Purposes of American Military Power     75
The Bush Doctrine     75
The Logic of Anticipatory Self-Defense     79
From Preemption to Prevention     80
The PreemptivePretext for Preventive War     81
Caveat Preemptor     84
Notes     86
America's Strategic Choices and Their International Consequences     91
Global Primacy and Normative Order     92
Trends in International Norms Regarding the Use of Force     94
Permissive International Norms and Asymmetrical Warfare     100
The Perils of Preventive Warfare     101
Monitoring Change in the International Normative Order     105
Notes     107
Ideals in the Pursuit of National Security Interests     115
Regime Change and Democratization     116
Rules for Rivals     122
Power Trajectories Through the Coming Decades     124
The Contours of a Multipolar Future     131
Notes     142
Index     152
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