This book probes the discrepancies separating President Bush's stated reasons for waging war on Iraq, the deeper political and economic reasons for the invasion, and the consequences of the Bush administration's policies for the future of globalization. As the reconstruction of Iraq wobbles forward, tarnished by waves of deadly bombings and mounting charges of crony capitalism, many observers have come to consider the occupation a case study of the future of globalization, literally a harbinger of how the U.S. intends to build the post-9/11 world in its own image. ""Globalization and Empire"" offers a critique of the arguments for waging war on Iraq, an examination of the foreign policy principles driving that war, an analysis of the economic dilemmas of globalization, and an expose of the inner workings of the reconstruction of Iraq. Moving from analysis to action, the book's appendix offers a comprehensive reader's guide to the anti-war and anti-corporate globalization movements, thus providing readers with practical options for re-energizing the practices of democracy both in America and abroad.
Stephen John Hartnett is Associate Professor of Speech Communication at the University of Illinois and author of Democratic Dissent & the Cultural Fictions of Antebellum America. Laura Ann Stengrim is a doctoral candidate in Speech Communication at the University of Illinois and a contributor to Cultural Studies & Critical Methodologies and Communication and Critical Cultural Studies.