In a challenging, provocative book, Andrew Bacevich reconsiders the assumptions and purposes governing the exercise of American global power. Examining the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton--as well as George W. Bush's first year in office--he demolishes the view that the United States has failed to devise a replacement for containment as a basis for foreign policy. He finds instead that successive post-Cold War administrations have adhered to a well-defined "strategy of openness." Motivated by the imperative of economic expansionism, that strategy aims to foster an open and integrated international order, thereby perpetuating the undisputed primacy of the world's sole remaining superpower. Moreover, openness is not a new strategy, but has been an abiding preoccupation of policymakers as far back as Woodrow Wilson.
Although based on expectations that eliminating barriers to the movement of trade, capital, and ideas nurtures not only affluence but also democracy, the aggressive pursuit of openness has met considerable resistance. To overcome that resistance, U.S. policymakers have with increasing frequency resorted to force, and military power has emerged as never before as the preferred instrument of American statecraft, resulting in the progressive militarization of U.S. foreign policy.
Neither indictment nor celebration, American Empire sees the drive for openness for what it is--a breathtakingly ambitious project aimed at erecting a global imperium. Large questions remain about that project's feasibility and about the human, financial, and moral costs that it will entail. By penetrating the illusions obscuring the reality of U.S. policy, this book marks an essential first step toward finding the answers.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and Director, Center for International Relations, Boston University.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Harvard University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0674009401. Bookseller Inventory # LRP4216KGERKJ012615H0188
Book Description Harvard University Press, 2002. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0674009401
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97806740094001.0
Book Description Harvard University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0674009401
Book Description Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-155-10-0325600
Book Description Book Condition: New. A brand new book. Shipping from the United Kingdom. In stock now. Bookseller Inventory # gbox59/empire
Book Description Harvard University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110674009401