After Iraq: The Imperiled American Imperium / Edition 1

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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 about its security. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 shattered America's prevailing illusions of invulnerability, prompting the world's sole superpower to embark on a revolutionary national strategy that led to a preventive war against Iraq. Will the United States be safer and more secure as a result? This book shows why America's new assertively unilateral foreign policy will actually create perils for the next generation of Americans.

Written by two seasoned scholars, After Iraq conducts a sweeping survey of America's present position in the global arena and identifies the opportunities and risks that the United States will likely face once the war in Iraq draws to a close. Kegley and Raymond provide an insightful overview of the U.S. response to the unconventional threats posed by global terrorism as well as a searching assessment of the challenges created by the rise of China and other emerging competitors. They argue that the current course of American foreign policy will harm the country by setting dangerous precedents that undermine the moral and legal restraints—which were built painstakingly over the past century—on when and how states may use force. Drawing upon a rich array of historical parallels and empirical evidence, the book illuminates instances in which previous great powers embarked on similar self-defeating strategies. Like the U.S. today, these states once stood at the pinnacle of world power. But due to misperceptions about what they could accomplish with unilateral, preventive uses of military force, they made short-run decisions that undermined their long-term strategic interests. With Americans facing questions about how to combat global terrorism, how to diffuse the nuclear threats of Iran and North Korea, how to adjust to the growing power of China and India, and how to repair relations with traditional allies, After Iraq charts a path for restoring America's reputation and leadership in the world to strengthen both U.S. and international security in the turbulent decades ahead.

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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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