Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance

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In thinking about American power, says Kori Schake, the first concern is its relevance: Who cares? Does it really matter whether the United States is an empire or a colossus or merely the strongest power in the order? If we are profligate with our power, would it make any difference? In Managing American Hegemony, Schake provides an insightful look at U.S. power in the world today. Understanding why we have succeeded, she explains, is essential to making sound choices about what to sustain and how to approach the...

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Overview

In thinking about American power, says Kori Schake, the first concern is its relevance: Who cares? Does it really matter whether the United States is an empire or a colossus or merely the strongest power in the order? If we are profligate with our power, would it make any difference? In Managing American Hegemony, Schake provides an insightful look at U.S. power in the world today. Understanding why we have succeeded, she explains, is essential to making sound choices about what to sustain and how to approach the task. This book is organized around six questions:

Why is there such concern about U.S. power, especially from friends and allies of the United States?

What accounts for the United States' stunning success in the round of globalization that swept across the international order at the end of the twentieth century?

Are U.S. advantages enduring or transitory?

Is the U.S. military still dominant, and does it matter?

Can our alliances and international institutions be revised to better align with an extended period of hegemony?

On what issues should the next president focus to build an even stronger foundation of U.S. power?

Our strategic challenge will be persuading others to share the burdens of maintaining the existing order that has served us all so well. The costs are relatively low because nearly all the states in the international order voluntarily acquiesce to US. predominance. When they stop believing, as a few have, that U.S. power is a force for the general good, the cost of maintaining order increases. It is not enough for us to appreciate we are a beneficent hegemon: we must do better to demonstrate it to others who are not convinced.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817949013
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2009
  • Series: HOOVER INST PRESS PUBLICATION Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kori N. Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. She is also an associate professor of international security studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NewYork. Her areas of research interest are national security strategy, the effective use of military force, and European politics.
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Table of Contents

Foreword John Raisian vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Why Is American Power So Threatening? 25

Chapter 2 Globalization as Americanization 49

Chapter 3 Sustainability 73

Chapter 4 Does Military Force Still Matter? 103

Chapter 5 Alliances and Institutions 135

Chapter 6 Four Choices for the Next President 167

Appendix: Measures of Power 189

About the Author 200

Index 201

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