The American Era: Power and Strategy for the 21st Century

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Cambridge University Press, 12 сент. 2005 г. - Всего страниц: 255
The American Era makes a provocative argument about America's world role. It establishes the rationale for a grand strategy that recognizes American preponderance as necessary and desirable for coping with the perils of the post-9/11 world. First, militant Islamic terrorism plus weapons of mass destruction pose a threat of an entirely new magnitude and require us to alter the way we think about the preemptive and even preventive use of force. Second, the UN and other international bodies are habitually incapable of acting on the most urgent and deadly problems. Third, in an international system with no true central authority, other countries will inevitably look for leadership to the U.S. If America, as the world's foremost power, does not take the lead in confronting the most dangerous threats, no one else is likely to have the ability or the will to do so. Thus, at a time when threats from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction are a reality, and when such values as human rights, liberty and stability cannot be reliably assured by institutions such as the UN and the European Union, active intervention on those issues that matter most becomes a necessity, not an option. Robert J. Lieber is currently Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University. He is an expert on American foreign policy and U.S. relations with the Middle East and Europe. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. at Harvard and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Lieber has taught at Harvard, Oxford and the University of California, Davis, and has been Visiting Fellow at St. Antony's College Oxford, the Harvard Center for International Affairs, the Atlantic Institute in Paris, the Brooking Institution in Washington, and Fudan University in Shanghai.

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Introduction
1
Caveat Empire How to Think about American Power
11
What Power Can and Cant Do
15
Thinking about American Grand Strategy
25
New and Old Grand Strategy
39
Grand Strategy after 911 and the Bush National Security Strategy
42
Dilemmas of Grand Strategy
51
Threats to Primacy
54
Iraq and the Middle East Dilemmas of US Power
125
America and the Middle East
128
A Necessary War?
130
Tradeoffs in the Use of Force
141
Judging Americas Role
144
The Lessons of Iraq
148
What about Israel?
151
Asias American Pacifier
157

Foreign Policy Where It Counts
58
Europe Symbolic Reactions and Common Threats
61
Sources of Conflict
65
Sources of Solidarity
79
Radical Change?
92
Explaining the Lack of Balancing
93
Globalization Culture and Identities in Crisis
95
Globalization and Its Discontents
98
Culture and American Primacy
100
Culture and Political Conflict
105
Popular Folk and High Culture
107
Culture as a Problem of Identity
112
Globalization Culture and Conflict
120
The United States as an Asian Power
158
Asias American Pacifier
163
Asia without Tears
174
Why They Hate Us and Why They Love Us
177
Explanations of Foreign Hostility
180
Styles of AntiAmericanism
184
Polls Precedents and Politics
192
US Responsibility?
196
Danger or Distraction?
199
Notes
203
Index
239
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Robert J. Lieber is a Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University. He is an expert on American foreign policy and US relations with the Middle East and Europe and the author or editor of thirteen books on international relations and US foreign policy. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His most recently published book is an edited volume, Eagle Rules? Foreign Policy and American Primacy in the 21st Century (Prentice-Hall and the Wilson Center, 2002). His numerous authored works include No Common Power: Understanding International Relations (4th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2001) and The Oil Decade (1986). His articles have appeared in scholarly and policy journals including International Security, American Political Science Review, Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commentary, Orbis, The International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, British Journal of Political Science, International Affairs (London), Politique Etrangere (Paris), and Internationale Politik (Berlin), among others.

Robert J. Lieber is a Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University. He is an expert on American foreign policy and US relations with the Middle East and Europe and the author or editor of thirteen books on international relations and US foreign policy. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His most recently published book is an edited volume, Eagle Rules? Foreign Policy and American Primacy in the 21st Century (Prentice-Hall and the Wilson Center, 2002). His numerous authored works include No Common Power: Understanding International Relations (4th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2001) and The Oil Decade (1986). His articles have appeared in scholarly and policy journals including International Security, American Political Science Review, Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commentary, Orbis, The International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, British Journal of Political Science, International Affairs (London), Politique Etrangere (Paris), and Internationale Politik (Berlin), among others.

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