Temptations of Power: The United States in Global Politics After 9/11 / Edition 1

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Temptations of Power examines the new security dilemma which confronted President George W. Bush when terrorists proved for the first time on 9/11 that they could seriously wound even the greatest of military powers on its home ground. In their indictment, the authors argue that the response was influenced by a neo-conservative exaggeration of the efficacy of military power and a belief in the USA's ability to change the world in its own image. The first results were attacks on Afghanistan in 2001 and on Iraq in 2003, and the adoption of a general strategy of preventive war. Far from helping the War on Terror, on which the Administration embarked, such attacks have shown the limitations of US power. The USA is now embroiled in counter-insurgent operations and in quagmires that are sapping its economic, moral and military strength.

Terrorism needs to be understood and its political roots addressed; the Muslim world will have to decide itself whether to adopt democratic systems of government; preventive wars are illegal and destabilizing; threats from the proliferation of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons have to be addressed multilaterally; and the effort to prevent terrorist attacks in the US homeland threatens in turn to undermine civil liberties. The new security dilemma needs to be addressed by new politics but not by those that Washington has adopted since 2001.

About the Author:
Robert J. Jackson is Fletcher Jones Professor of Government and Director of International Relations at the University of Redlands, California, USA

About the Author:
Philip Towle is Reader in International Relations at the Centre of International Studies atCambridge University, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403946775
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT J. JACKSON is Fletcher Jones Professor of Government and Director of International Relations at the University of Redlands. PHILIP TOWLE is Reader in International Relations at the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : temptations of power
1 Grappling with the new world : concepts and realities 1
2 Ideologies, ideas and political slogans in the formation of George W. Bush's foreign policy 16
3 The United States, Europe and the world 44
4 New challenges to US hegemony : China and the Muslim world 64
5 Military power and democratic transition 84
6 The temptation of preventive war 102
7 Misunderstanding terrorism : the sword 123
8 Homeland (in)security : the shield 139
9 Creating quagmires : winning the wars, losing the peace 168
10 The burden of power 196
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