Follies of Power: America's Unipolar Fantasy

Follies of Power: America's Unipolar Fantasy

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David P. Calleo
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 10/21/2014
EAN 9781107464209, ISBN10: 110746420X

Paperback, 190 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm
Language: English

The imagination of America's political elites is dominated by a unipolar vision, according to which the world is dominated by the United States. But the real world is increasingly plural, and others instinctively fear and resist the American vision. Chapters 2 and 3 of this book look at the disastrous consequences of the vision at work - in the Middle East and in Europe. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 assess the limits of American power. Chapter 7 discusses the problems of order and coexistence in a world that is not unipolar but increasingly plural. It speculates on the possible contributions and likely fate of both 'Old America' and 'New Europe' as models for organizing the future. America's own constitutional equilibrium, David Calleo argues, increasingly requires friendly balancing from Europe. Both sides of the West must liberate their imaginations from past triumphs to face their responsibilities to the new world and to each other.

Part I. Geopolitical Illusions and their Consequences
1. The unipolar fantasy
2. Hubris in the Middle East
3. The broken West
Part II. The Nature and Limits of American Power
4. Assessing America's soft and hard power
5. Feeding American power
the economic base
6. Power and legitimacy among Western states
Part III. World Order in the New Century
7. American and European models.