After Iraq: The Imperiled American Imperium

Paperback | September 26, 2006

byCharles W. Kegley, Gregory A. Raymond

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As the year 2001 unfolded, the United States stood at the apex of global power, possessing unrivalled military capabilities, a vibrant economy, and--most of all--great self-confidence about its security. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 shattered America's prevailing illusions of invulnerability,prompting the world's sole superpower to embark on a revolutionary national strategy that led to a preventive war against Iraq. Will the United States be safer and more secure as a result? This book shows why America's new assertively unilateral foreign policy will actually create perils for thenext generation of Americans. Written by two seasoned scholars, After Iraq conducts a sweeping survey of America's present position in the global arena and identifies the opportunities and risks that the United States will likely face once the war in Iraq draws to a close. Kegley and Raymond provide an insightful overview ofthe U.S. response to the unconventional threats posed by global terrorism as well as a searching assessment of the challenges created by the rise of China and other emerging competitors. They argue that the current course of American foreign policy will harm the country by setting dangerousprecedents that undermine the moral and legal restraints--which were built painstakingly over the past century--on when and how states may use force. Drawing upon a rich array of historical parallels and empirical evidence, the book illuminates instances in which previous great powers embarked onsimilar self-defeating strategies. Like the U.S. today, these states once stood at the pinnacle of world power. But due to misperceptions about what they could accomplish with unilateral, preventive uses of military force, they made short-run decisions that undermined their long-term strategicinterests. With Americans facing questions about how to combat global terrorism, how to diffuse the nuclear threats of Iran and North Korea, how to adjust to the growing power of China and India, and how to repair relations with traditional allies, After Iraq charts a path for restoring America'sreputation and leadership in the world to strengthen both U.S. and international security in the turbulent decades ahead.

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As the year 2001 unfolded, the United States stood at the apex of global power, possessing unrivalled military capabilities, a vibrant economy, and--most of all--great self-confidence about its security. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 shattered America's prevailing illusions of invulnerability,prompting the world's sole superpower to em...

Charles W. Kegley, Jr. is Pearce Professor of International Relations at the University of South Carolina. Gregory A. Raymond is Frank Church Professor of International Relations at Boise State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 0.51 inPublished:September 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAbout the Authors1. America and the Global Future2. Imperial Temptations3. An American Imperium4. American Preponderance and Military Peril5. The Changing Purposes of American Military Power6. America's Strategic Choices and their International Consequences7. Ideals in the Pursuit of National Security InterestsAppendixIndex

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"This is an excellent manuscript. . . . First, it is forward-looking rather than simply a criticism of past policies. Second, it employs both historical and quantitative-empirical data. Finally, it makes historical comparisons that none of the competing books make."--Dan Caldwell, PepperdineUniversity