Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era by Michael MandelbaumMission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era by Michael Mandelbaum

Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era

byMichael Mandelbaum

Paperback | October 20, 2017

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The end of the Cold War led to a dramatic and fundamental change in the foreign policy of the United States. In Mission Failure, Michael Mandelbaum, one of America's leading foreign-policy thinkers, provides an original, provocative, and definitive account of the ambitious but deeply flawedpost-Cold War efforts to promote American values and American institutions throughout the world.In the decades before the Cold War ended the United States, like virtually every other country throughout history, used its military power to defend against threats to important American international interests or to the American homeland itself. When the Cold War concluded, however, it embarked onmilitary interventions in places where American interests were not at stake. Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo had no strategic or economic importance for the United States, which intervened in all of them for purely humanitarian reasons. Each such intervention led to efforts to transform the localpolitical and economic systems. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, launched in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, turned into similar missions of transformation. None of them achieved its aims.Mission Failure describes and explains how such missions came to be central to America's post-Cold War foreign policy, even in relations with China and Russia in the early 1990s and in American diplomacy in the Middle East, and how they all failed. Mandelbaum shows how American efforts to bringpeace, national unity, democracy, and free-market economies to poor, disorderly countries ran afoul of ethnic and sectarian loyalties and hatreds and foundered as well on the absence of the historical experiences and political habits, skills, and values that Western institutions require.The history of American foreign policy in the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall is, he writes, "the story of good, sometimes noble, and thoroughly American intentions coming up against the deeply embedded, often harsh, and profoundly un-American realities of places far from the United States.In this encounter the realities prevailed."
Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the author or co-author of sixteen books, including The Ideas That Conquered the World, The Meaning of Sports, The Frugal Superpower, and, with Thomas L. Friedman, the New York Times Best ...
Title:Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War EraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 20, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"A well-told, lucid, thoughtful survey of world affairs...any student of the last quarter century would be well served to read this volume." --Wall Street Journal