America Unrivaled: The Future of the Balance of Power / Edition 1

America Unrivaled: The Future of the Balance of Power / Edition 1

by G. John Ikenberry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801488028

ISBN-13: 2900801488022

Pub. Date: 02/28/2014

Publisher: Cornell University Press

American power today is without historical precedent, dominating the world system. No other nation has enjoyed such formidable advantages in military, economic, technological, cultural, and political capabilities. How stable is this unipolar American order? Will the age-old dynamic of the balance of power reemerge as the other great powers rise up to challenge

Overview

American power today is without historical precedent, dominating the world system. No other nation has enjoyed such formidable advantages in military, economic, technological, cultural, and political capabilities. How stable is this unipolar American order? Will the age-old dynamic of the balance of power reemerge as the other great powers rise up to challenge American preeminence? America Unrivaled examines these questions. The experts in this volume contend that full-scale balancing in this new world order has not yet occurred. They ask if a backlash against American dominance is just around the corner, or if characteristics of the current situation alter or eliminate the entire logic of power balancing.American power poses threats, as do the likely responses to that power, the experts argue in America Unrivaled. The definition of these threats is critical to understanding future political trends and learning whether an original (and stable) world system has already come into existence. Most of the contributors agree that novel features of the American hegemony and the wider global order make an automatic return to a traditional balance of power order unlikely.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900801488022
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2014
Series:
Cornell Studies in Security Affairs Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336

Table of Contents

Introduction - G. John Ikenberry

Part I. The Durability Of Unipolarity
1. Structural Realism after the Cold War - Kenneth N. Waltz
2. Hollow Hegemony or Stable Multlpolarity? - Charles A. Kupchan
3, U.S. Strategy in a Unipolar World - William C. Wohlforth

Part II: The Management of Unipolarity
4. Keeping the World "Off Balance": Self Restraint and U.S. Foreign Policy - Stephen M. Walt
5. Defying History and Theory: The United States as the "Last Remaining Superpower" – Josef Joffe
6. Incomplete Hegemony and Security Order in the Asia-Pacific - Michael Mastandnno

Part III. The Institutions and Ideology of Unipolarity
7. Democracy, Institutions, and American Restraint - G. John Ikenberry
8. Transnational Liberalism and American Primacy; or, Benignity is in the Eye of the Beholder - John M. Owen, IV
9. U.S. Power In a Liberal Security Community - Thomas Risse

Conclusion: American Unipolarity: The Sources of Persistence and Decline - G. John Ikenberry

Index

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