New PDF release: American Empire: A Debate

By Christopher Layne

ISBN-10: 0203961501

ISBN-13: 9780203961506

ISBN-10: 0415952042

ISBN-13: 9780415952040

During this brief, available publication Layne and Thayer argue the benefits and demerits of an American empire. With few, if any, competitors to its supremacy, the U.S. has made an specific dedication to keeping and advancing its primacy on this planet. yet what precisely are the advantages of American hegemony and what are the prices and downsides for this fledgling empire? After making their top situations for and opposed to an American empire, next chapters let either authors to reply to the most important arguments awarded through their rivals and current their very own counter arguments.

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Informal soft power mechanisms are even more important than govern‑ ment programs. S. government, and many private organizations work to build democracy as well. One of the most important of these is the Carter Center, founded by former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. The Carter Center fosters democracy abroad by monitoring elections, promoting the rule of law, and developing the ability of civic organizations to participate in government policy making. Education is also a great informal source of soft power.

Imperial overstretch occurs when an empire’s military power and alliance commitments are too burdensome for its economy. In the 1980s, there was much concern among academics that the United States was in danger of this as its economy strained to fund its military operations and alliance commitments abroad. However, Kennedy now acknowledges that he was wrong when he made that argument in his famous book, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, because of the robustness of American economic and military power.

Its high level of military effectiveness is not only the product of the classroom; it stems from the synergy created by motivation, doctrine, training, force structure, equipment, and experience. In January 2005, Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz summed up the value of the exchange programs when he toured Indonesia in the wake of the tsunami cataclysm of December 2004. ”24 Such cooperation saved countless lives after the 2004 tsunami. Although the United States is the dominant military power at this time, and will remain so into the foreseeable future, this does not mean that it does not suffer from problems within its own military, many of which are being addressed.

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