To Lead the World: American Strategy after the Bush Doctrine

Paperback | July 28, 2008

EditorMelvyn P. Leffler, Jeffrey W. Legro

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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 seeminglyendless 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 Bushyears. 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 thegrowing 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 thelarger 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 thechallenges 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.

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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 seeminglyendless and unwinnable war. In To Lead the Wor...

Melvyn P. Leffler is Edward Stettinius Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of many books on the Cold War, U.S. national security policy, and American foreign relations, including A Preponderance of Power and For the Soul of Mankind. Jeffrey W. Legro is Compton Professor of World Politics a...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:July 28, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsContributorsMelvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro: Introduction1. Stephen Van Evera: American Grand Strategy for the New Era2. Robert Kagan: End of Dreams, Return of History3. Charles S. Maier: Beyond Statecraft: American Foreign Policy and Global Social Transformation4. G. John Ikenberry: Grand Strategy as Liberal Order Building5. James Kurth: An American Strategy for Global Law and Order6. Samantha Power: U.S. Foreign Policy after Bush7. David M. Kennedy: Two Concepts of Sovereignty8. Barry Eichengreen and Douglas A. Irwin: The Bush Legacy for America's International Economic Policy9. Francis Fukuyama: American Foreign Policy After the Bush Administration10. Niall Ferguson: The Problem of Conjecture: American Strategy after the Bush Doctrine11. Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro: Dilemmas of Strategy

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"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/herstrategic choices will be."--Leslie H. Gelb, former New York Times columnist and president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations