From Superpower to Besieged Global Power: Restoring World Order After the Failure of the Bush Doctrine

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Edward A. Kolodziej, Roger E. Kanet
University of Georgia Press, 2008 - Political Science - 411 pages
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The essays in this volume argue that the Bush Doctrine, as outlined in the September 2002 National Security Strategy of the United States, squandered enormous military and economic resources, diminished American power, and undermined America’s moral reputation as a defender of democratic values and human rights. The Bush Doctrine misguidedly assumed that the United States was a superpower, a unique unipolar power that could compel others to accede to its preferences for world order. In reality the United States is a formidable but besieged global power, one of a handful of nations that could influence but certainly not dictate world events. The flawed doctrine has led to failed policies that extend America’s reach beyond its grasp, most painfully evident in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Leading scholars and policy analysts from nine countries assess the impact of the Bush Doctrine on world order, explain how the United States reached its current low standing internationally, and propose ways that the country can repair the untold damage wrought by ill-conceived and incompetently executed security and foreign policies. Contributors focus on the principal regions of the world where they have expertise: Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia.

The contributors agree that future security and foreign policies must be informed by the limitations of U.S. economic, cultural, and military power to shape world order to reflect American interests and values. American power and influence will increase only when the United States binds itself to moral norms, legal strictures, and political accords in cooperation with other like-minded states and peoples.

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About the author (2008)

Edward A. Kolodziej is Research Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) and Director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Roger E. Kanet is Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami. They have coedited several collections, including The Cold War as Cooperation and Coping with Conflict after the Cold War.

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