America wields a combination of military, economic and cultural power that many consider unprecedented. The way America uses this power has repercussions on every major issue of world affairs, including the prospects of regional security, the spread of democratic governance, and the provision of global public goods in economic and environmental domains. This volume explores the questions raised by American power from a variety of perspectives. Is the emphasis laid on military power likely to be self--defeating for the United States in the long run? Is "soft power" or persuasion a more effective way to promote American interests and goals? How is American predominance perceived in Europe, China and the Arab world? Will it last or will other powers coalesce to resist US hegemony? The authors address these and other fundamental questions in rigorous and historically sensitive analyses of this critical juncture in global politics. The book will be of great interest to students and scholars in political science and international relations, as well as all those concerned with and by one of the key topics of our time.
Contributors include: Robert Cooper, Michael Cox, Zhiyuan Cui, Abdelwahab El--Affendi, G. John Ikenberry, Robert Kagan, Mary Kaldor, Joseph S. Nye, Thomas Risse.
David Held is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science Mathias Koenig--Archibugi is Lecturer in Global Politics, both at the London School of Economics and Political Science
About the Contributors. Editorsa Preface. Introduction: Whither American Power? David Held and Mathias Koenig--Archibugi. 1. Empire? The Bush Doctrine and the Lessons of History Michael Cox. 2. The First Failed Empire of the Twenty--First Century Michael Mann. 3. Liberal Hegemony or Empire? American Power in the Age of Unipolarity G. John Ikenberry. 4. Hard Power, Soft Power, and "The War on Terrorism" Joseph S. Nye, Jr. 5. Power and Weakness Robert Kagan. 6. The Goals of Diplomacy, Hard Power, and Soft Power Robert Cooper. 7. American Power: From "Compellance" to Cosmopolitanism? Mary Kaldor. 8. Beyond Iraq: The Crisis of the Transatlantic Security Community Thomas Risse. 9. The Bush Doctrine: A Chinese Perspective Zhiyuan Cui. 10. Waiting for Armageddon: The "Mother of All Empires" and its Middle East Quagmire Abdelwahab El--Affendi. Index