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While the Bush administration’s defiant and unilateralist policies initially seemed to empower the United States to pursue its national interests, the pitfalls of this new American hegemony are now apparent. Occupying Iraq and engaging in a global "war on terror" are costly, in both human and economic terms, and the United States would benefit from broad-based international cooperation. Will Bush’s reelection mean that the robust hegemony of his first term is here to stay, or will he moderate his style and objectives to mend fences with old allies? Defiant Superpower offers a balanced critique of recent foreign policy and suggests how policymakers should recognize the limits of the new hegemony in order to determine America’s realistic national interests.
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1. The Evolution of American Hegemony
2. Impact of 9-11 on U.S. Foreign Policy
3. Preparing for Regime Change in Iraq
4. Redefining America’s Global Interests
5. Defending the Homeland After 9-11
6. Ensuring the Country’s Economic Well-being
7. Building International Security and World Order
8. Promoting Freedom and American Values Abroad
9. The Mounting Costs of Hegemonic Power
10. Collaborative or Unilateral Internationalism?
11. Limits to the Exercise of Hegemonic Power
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