Renowned for his compassionate and balanced thinking on international affairs, Stanley Hoffmann reflects here on the proper place of the United States in a world it has defined almost exclusively by 9/11, the war on terrorism, and the invasion of Iraq. A true global citizen, Hoffmann's analysis is uniquely informed by his place as a public intellectual with one foot in Europe, the other in America. In this brilliant essay, he considers point by point the events and actions that have led America down the path of imperialism, becoming a power at once arrogant, victorious, and unilateral. Tracing the significance of September 11 in the short term and over the long course of American history, Hoffmann explains the contradictions and the consequences for international order-and disorder.
Stanley Hoffmann (1928-2015) was the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. His books include World Disorders (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), Gulliver Unbound (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), and Chaos and Violence (Rowman & Littlefield 2006). Frederic Bozo is professor of contemporary history at the University of Nantes and research associate at the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 The Franco-American Conflict Chapter 3 A New American Imperialism: Rupture or Continuity? Chapter 4 September 11: Divine Surprise? Chapter 5 Chronicle of a War Foretold Chapter 6 Gulliver Unbound Chapter 7 After the War: The Beginning (April 2003-September 2003) Chapter 8 The Trap (October 2003-August 2004) Chapter 9 The Future of the International System Chapter 10 Conclusion: The Dangers of Empire