The American Era: Power and Strategy for the 21st Century

The American Era: Power and Strategy for the 21st Century

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Robert J. Lieber
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 1st Pbk. Ed. with Updates and a Postscript, 1/22/2007
EAN 9780521697385, ISBN10: 0521697387

Paperback, 306 pages, 22.9 x 15.3 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

The American Era makes a provocative argument about America's world role. It sets out the case for a grand strategy that recognizes American preponderance as necessary and desirable for coping with the perils of the post-9/11 world. The book argues firstly that, Militant Islamic terrorism and weapons of mass destruction pose a threat which requires us to alter the way we think about the pre-emptive and preventive use of force. Secondly, the UN and other international bodies are incapable of acting on these urgent problems. Thirdly, in an international system with no true central authority other countries will inevitably look for leadership to the US. The book argues that if America does not respond actively to terrorist threats, no one else will take the initiative.

1. Caveat empire
how to think about American power
2. New (and old) grand strategy
3. Europe
symbolic reactions and common threats
4. Globalization, culture, and identities in crisis
5. Iraq and the Middle East
dilemmas of U.S. power
6. Asia's American pacifier
7. Why they hate us and why they love us
8. The future of the American era.