American Power: Potential and Limits in the 21st Century

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Patrick Luciani, Rudyard Griffiths
Key Porter Books, 2007 - Political Science - 216 pages
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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 the history of international affairs: the quests to bring democracy to Afghanistan and Iraq. America may see itself as a reluctant empire, but the Bush administration's policies have pushed the country toward becoming the very thing it claims to fear being — an imperial power. Is it possible for this historic gamble to succeed? Or will the relentless push for democracy sow the seeds of religious conflict, state failure, and regional instability? In American Power, some of the world’s finest academics, journalists, and intellectuals ponder these questions and others in essays that challenge readers to think beyond the evening news. Reflecting many points of view, these essays all explore the limits and potential of American power in the Middle East.

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About the author (2007)

Patrick Luciani is a senior resident at Massey College, University of Toronto.

Rod Mickleburgh is a veteran journalist who has worked in television and radio and for numerous newspapers, including "The Globe and Mail, where he has been for fifteen years. He is a co-winner of the prestigious Michener Award for his coverage of Canada's tainted blood scandal. He lives in Vancouver. Rudyard Griffiths is the Executive Director of the Dominion Institute.

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