The United States Department of Defense has carved the world into five pieces, called unified military commands, maintaining troops and military leadership in each. The geographic boundaries of the unified commands, which together encompass the entire globe, "are set in a way that makes sense to us (the U.S.) for political, military, cultural sorts of reasons," according to the DOD. Yet outside military and defense circles, the potential impact of post-1990 American strategic reach—or perhaps overreach—has not been given sufficient attention. In Strategy for Empire, Brian Loveman fills that gap by raising the key questions all students should be considering: Even under the perilous conditions imposed by global terrorism, diffusion of weapons of mass destruction, and international "anarchy," can the United States afford, and should it seek to justify, assigning responsibility to combatant commanders for every area of the globe and maintaining a military presence in well over 100 countries? Can a foreign policy of preemptive deterrence and covert operations around the globe against terrorists, international criminal organizations, and so-called rogue states be compatible with American constitutional democracy? Or has the United States itself become a rogue superpower, at risk of losing its democratic soul and institutions at home and its moral credibility abroad in its efforts to manage a global empire through regional military commands? This timely reader provides answers to these questions from the perspective of American presidents, policymakers, military officers, establishment think tanks, and critical scholars. The text and accompanying CD collect in one place a synthesis of official and semi-official views of post-1990 regional security agendas and of the evolving perception of post-Cold War threat scenarios. The book begins with President George Bush's "The National Security Strategy of the United States of America" ( September 2002); then presents the views of military strategists, governmen
This timely book offers a tour of different perspectives on the purpose and role of American power in the contemporary era, demonstrates how this global context is likely to shape regional security arrangements over the coming years, and considers the range of consequences of American foreign policy on regional developments.
Strategy for Empire offers readers a balanced and insightful interpretation of the most momentous global issue of our time—whither America? What makes this volume so valuable is its analysis of this question from a variety of regional and political angles. Brian Loveman is to be commended for pulling together such a collection so effectively.
David R. Mares
Strategy for Empire is a well-balanced collection of primary and secondary resources to help students think critically about one of the key questions confronting the world today—will the United States be a constructive or destructive leader? Neither Democrats nor Republicans escape scrutiny, and the authors writing specifically for this volume help us see the continuity in U.S. foreign policy as well as the new twists under the current Bush administration. There is plenty of material here for a lively discussion at the undergraduate or graduate level, and the CD-ROM is a handy resource.
Chapter 1 Introduction: U.S. Regional Security Policies in the Post-Cold War Era Chapter 2 The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, September 2002 Part 3 U.S. Regional Security Policies, 1990-2003: Perspectives from the Military, Intelligence, and Establishment Think Tanks Chapter 4 The American Mission Chapter 5 The Challenges of American Imperial Power Chapter 6 Fortress Europa: European Defense and the Future of the North Atlantic Alliance Chapter 7 The U.S. Army and the Asia-Pacific Chapter 8 Searching for a Post-Saddam Regional Security Architecture Chapter 9 The Growing Threat to Democracy in Latin America Chapter 10 A CINC for Sub-Saharan Africa? Rethinking the Unified Command Plan Part 11 Alternative Views of U.S. Regional Security Policies since 1990 Chapter 12 U.S. Policy toward Russia and Eurasia in the 1990s Chapter 13 When Might Makes Wrong: The Impact of the U.S. Military in East Asia Chapter 14 U.S. Regional Security Policy in South Asia Chapter 15 U.S. Regional Security Policy in the Middle East Chapter 16 U.S. Security Policy toward Latin America: Enduring Themes, Changing Realities Chapter 17 Colombia: U.S. Security Policy in the Andean Region and the Specter of a Regionalized War Chapter 18 Is the United States a Rogue Nation? Chapter 19 Selected References on U.S. Regional Security and Defense Policy since 1990