American power: potential and limits in the twenty-first century
Since 9/11, the United States has abandoned its implied foreign policy of minimal international engagement. Instead, it has undertaken one of the most ambitious and risky ventures in international affairs: the quest to bring democracy to Afghanistan and Iraq. The U.S. may see itself as a reluctant empire, but President Bush has embarked on a policy that may force the country to become the very thing it claims to fear-an imperial power. Will George W. Bush's historic gamble succeed? Or will the push for democracy sow the seeds of religious conflict, state failure, and regional instability? Based on the Grano Series lectures, American Power brings together some of the world's finest academics, journalists, and thinkers to ponder these questions and others in essays that explore the potential and limits of American power in the twenty-first century, specifically in the Middle East. The contributors are, Robert Kaplan, Christopher Hitchens, Fouad Ajami, Bernard Lewis, William Kristol, Michael Ignatieff, Samual P. Huntington, and George Luckas.
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