The Obligation of Empire: United States' Grand Strategy for a New Century

The Obligation of Empire: United States' Grand Strategy for a New Century

by James J. Hentz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813123321

ISBN-13: 9780813123325

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Some of the nation's most respected scholars of international affairs examine the debates over U.S. grand strategy in light of U.S. security policies and interests in tactical regions around the world. The contributors begin by describing the four grand strategies currently competing for dominance of U.S. foreign policy: neo-isolationism argues that the United

Overview

Some of the nation's most respected scholars of international affairs examine the debates over U.S. grand strategy in light of U.S. security policies and interests in tactical regions around the world. The contributors begin by describing the four grand strategies currently competing for dominance of U.S. foreign policy: neo-isolationism argues that the United States should not become involved in conflicts outside specifically defined national interests selective engagement proposes that the United States, despite its position as the world's only remaining superpower, should limit its involvement in foreign affairs cooperative security advocates that the United States is not and should not act as an imperial country primacy asserts that the United States is an empire and therefore it should conduct an expansive foreign policy. Focusing on regions that present new challenges to U.S. grand strategy, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, the contributors offer the most current examinations of U.S. policies and assess the effectiveness of competing strategies in each region. The Obligation of Empire offers an innovative set of foreign policy initiatives that explore the tensions between global agendas and regionalist approaches.

Contributors: Andrew J. Bacevich, Doug Bandow, Dale Davis, Thomas Donnelly, James J. Hentz, Clifford Kiracofe, Charles Kupchan, Jeffrey Stark, S. Frederick Starr, and Brantley Womack. James J. Hentz, associate professor of international studies at the Virginia Military Institute, is the coeditor of New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the Nation State.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813123325
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Introduction: The Obligation of Empire1
Part 1Grand Strategies for the Post-9/11 World
Chapter 1American Strategy after 9/1115
Chapter 2Selective Engagement33
Chapter 3The End of American Primacy and the Return of a Multipolar World53
Chapter 4What Is Within Our Powers?73
Part 2Regional Policies for the Post-9/11 World
Chapter 5A Tale of Two Countries93
Chapter 6Philosophical Choices and U.S. Policy toward Central Asia Today111
Chapter 7Contours of a U.S. Strategy toward Latin America and the Caribbean125
Chapter 8Crashing into Reality151
Chapter 9Southeast Asia and American Strategic Options175
Conclusion Reinhold Niebuhr and the Hazards of Empire197
Contributors209
Index213

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