America As Empire: Global Leader or Rogue Power?

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America has become not only the strongest nation in the world but the strongest nation in the history of the world. Americans need to understand both why this has happened and what their responsibilities are as the world's dominant power. In this timely and telling book, Jim Garrison, president of the San Francisco-based State of the World Forum, argues that the preoccupation with military expansion is a fatal mistake, citing both FDR and Harry Truman as models for combining military power with institution building. Part of the book is devoted to the Roman empire as another important model, with cautionary lessons about incorporating fairness and respect for other cultures into the governing process. Rome's empire endured for 1,000 years; America's may end far sooner, says Garrison, unless it finds a way to balance might with right. This book provides a blueprint for that balance.

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James Garrison is president of the State of the World Forum, a San Francisco-based non-profit institution created in 1995 to establish a global network of leaders dedicated to discerning and implementing those principles, values and actions necessary to guide humanity toward a more sustainable global civilization. With President Gorbachev as its Convening Chairman and Garrison as its President, the Forum has convened leaders from around the world and a spectrum of disciplines to its annual and regional Forums. Additionally, the Forum has launched and directed a number of action oriented strategic initiatives across a range of areas.

Garrison was raised in China, Taiwan, and California. His degrees include: a B.A. in World History, University of Santa Clara (1973); a double M.T.S. in Christology and History of Religion, Harvard Divinity School (1975); and a Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology, Cambridge University (1982).

As a student at Cambridge, Garrison became engaged in the citizen diplomacy movement to reduce tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, founding two organizations dealing with the nuclear power and nuclear weapons issues: The Radiation and Health Information Service; and East West Reach.

From 1986-1990, Garrison served as Executive Director of the Esalen Institute Soviet American Exchange Program, which engaged in private sector diplomacy with Soviet counterparts in a variety of sectors. In 1991, he founded the International Foreign Policy Association in collaboration with Georgian President Edward Shevardnadze and former Secretary of State George Schultz, focusing on providing humanitarian relief for children in the former Soviet republics. In 1992, at the behest of Mikhail Gorbachev, Garrison founded and became the President of the Gorbachev Foundation/ USA.

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Garrison, president of the State of the World Forum, reviews America's rise to the de facto status of an "imperial republic" and suggests that the country can "articulate a vision of greatness" that will lead the rest of the world into liberal democracy. Garrison is undoubtedly correct that no other nation is powerful enough to lead the charge, and his historical analysis is strong despite its brevity. Yet the author's emphasis on the positive prospects for "the first planetary civilization" will strike many as overly optimistic.
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