The Fourth Power: A Grand Strategy for the United States in the Twenty-First Century: An Essay on the Power of America's Principles

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Today, even as America asserts itself globally, it lacks a grand strategy to replace "containment of communism." In this short, sharp book, Gary Hart outlines a new grand strategy, one directing America's powers to the achievement of its large purposes. Central to this strategy is the power of American ideals, what Hart calls "the fourth power." Constitutional liberties, representative government, press freedom—these and other democratic principles, attractive to peoples worldwide, constitute a resource that may ...

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Overview

Today, even as America asserts itself globally, it lacks a grand strategy to replace "containment of communism." In this short, sharp book, Gary Hart outlines a new grand strategy, one directing America's powers to the achievement of its large purposes. Central to this strategy is the power of American ideals, what Hart calls "the fourth power." Constitutional liberties, representative government, press freedom—these and other democratic principles, attractive to peoples worldwide, constitute a resource that may prove as important to national security and the national interest in this dangerous new century as traditional military, economic and political might.

A bracing vision of an America responsive to a full spectrum of global challenges, The Fourth Power calls for a deeper understanding both of the threats we face and the profound strengths at our disposal to fight them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195300857
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Former U.S. senator Gary Hart (D-Colorado) is author of thirteen books and a leading expert on national security and American foreign policy. A longtime member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, an international lawyer who has traveled to the former Soviet Union over 100 times, Hart recently completed a three-year assignment as co-chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century, a body that before 9/11 both warned of a massive stateside attack and recommended the creation of a homeland security department. Hart has taught at Yale, University of California, and Oxford University, where he earned a D.Phil. in Politics in 2001.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Strategy in an Age of Revolution
2. Our Principles as an Element of Strategy
3. America's Large Purposes in the New Century
4. Security in the Twenty-first Century: A Larger Understanding
5. Principled Engagement: Expanding Security through Opportunity
6. The New Security and the Use of Military Power
7. Who We Are: Temptations of Empire
8. Restoring the Republic...and Its Principles Conclusion Appendix Notes Index

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