To lead the world: American strategy after the Bush doctrine

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Oxford University Press, Jul 21, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 303 pages
U.S. national security policy is at a critically important crossroads. The Bush Doctrine of unilateralism, pre-emptive war, and the imposition of democracy by force has proven disastrous. The United States now finds itself vilified abroad, weakened at home, and bogged down in a seemingly endless and unwinnable war.
In To Lead the World, Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffery W. Legro bring together eleven of America's most esteemed writers and thinkers to offer concrete, historically grounded suggestions for how America can regain its standing in the world and use its power more wisely than it has during the Bush years. Best-selling authors such as David Kennedy, Niall Ferguson, Robert Kagan, Francis Fukuyama, and Samantha Power address such issues as how the US can regain its respect in the world, respond to the biggest threats now facing the country, identify reasonable foreign policy goals, manage the growing debt burden, achieve greater national security, and successfully engage a host of other problems left unsolved and in many cases exacerbated by the Bush Doctrine. Representing a wide range of perspectives, the writers gathered here place the current foreign-policy predicament firmly in the larger context of American and world history and draw upon realistic appraisals of both the strengths and the limits of American power. They argue persuasively that the kind of leadership that made the United States a great--and greatly admired--nation in the past can be revitalized to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Written by prize-winning authors and filled with level-headed, far-sighted, and achievable recommendations, To Lead the World will serve as a primary source of political wisdom in the post-Bush era and will add immeasurably to the policy debates surrounding the 2008 presidential election.
"Plenty of lively debate and rich food for thought."--Publishers Weekly
"If you have to choose only one book to read on American foreign policy in 2008, this should be it. A superb group of scholars and practitioners have crystallized the basic strategic choices and policy options facing a new administration. They disagree sharply among themselves, but these are exactly the debates that Americans, and people around the world, should be having."--Anne-Marie Slaughter, co-director of Princeton Project on National Security, Princeton University
"A timely, readable and useful book, for policymakers and citizens alike. Leffler and Legro have assembled just the right thinkers, with just the right degree of diversity in their views, to address the major issues of our time and the crucial question of how the U.S. can regain its leadership of the international community."--Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution
"With U.S. foreign policy in shambles and with even more crises on the horizon, the next president has to actually read this book. The only chance of our coming out of the next several years in one piece is to have a good strategy, and these challenging essays tell the president what his/her strategic choices will be."--Leslie H. Gelb, former New York Times columnist

Melvyn P. Leffler is Edward Stettinius Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, and the author of For the Soul of Mankind.
Jeffrey W. Legro is Compton Professor of World Politics and Chair, Department of Politics at the University of Virginia and the author of Rethinking the World.

Acknowledgements


Contributors


Introduction, Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro


1. A Farewell to Geopolitics, Stephen Van Evera


2. End of Dreams, Return of History, Robert Kagan


3. Beyond Statecraft, Charles S. Maier


4. Liberal Order Building, G. John Ikenberry


5. Boss of Bosses, James Kurth


6. Legitimacy and Competence, Samantha Power


7. Two Concepts of Sovereignty, David M. Kennedy


8. A Shackled Hegemon,

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Contents

one A Farewell to Geopolitics
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two End of Dreams Return of History
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three Beyond Statecraft
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Melvyn P. Leffler is Edward Stettinius Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, and the author of For the Soul of Mankind.

Jeffrey W. Legro is Compton Professor of World Politics and Chair, Department of Politics at the University of Virginia and the author of Rethinking the World.