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Imperial Designs : Neoconservatism and the New Pax Americana - Gary Dorien

Imperial Designs

Neoconservatism and the New Pax Americana

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In the waning months of the cold war, shortly before an expiring Soviet Union finally disintegrated, a group of neoconservative policymakers and intellectuals began to argue that the moment had come to create an American-dominated world order. Some of them called it "the unipolarist imperative." Instead of reducing military spending, they contended, the United States needed to expand its military reach to every region of the world, using America's tremendous military and economic power to create a new Pax Americana. This book describes how the ideology of American global preeminence originated during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, developed in the 1990s, gained power with the election of George W. Bush, and reshaped American foreign policy after September 11, 2001.
Structured as a narrative, this account deals with government policymakers and outside advocates. It tells the story of the development of unipolarist ideology and its role in recent American Foreign policy. It makes an argument about the nature and problems of this ideology, emphasizing that an unrivaled superpower makes the whole world its geopolitical neighborhood. It offers a critique of the unilateralist militarism of the second Bush administration. And it contends that the problem of imperial expansiveness, though dramatically heightened by the Bush administration, did not begin with it. The problem is inherent in the anxiety of being a global hegemon.

Introduction : neocons in power -- Trotsky's orphans : a brief history of neoconservatism -- The bully on the block : Paul Wolfowitz, Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, and American superpowerdom -- An empire, if you will keep it : Charles Krauthammer, Ben Wattenberg, Joshua Muravchik, and the unipolarist imperative -- Benevolent global hegemony : William Kristol, Robert Kagan, Max Boot, Lawrence F. Kaplan, and the project for the new American century -- The road to Jerusalem runs through Baghdad : the Iraq war, hardline Zionism, and American conservatisms -- Conclusion : an empire in denial.

ISBN: 9780203324806
ISBN-10: 0203324803
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 31st August 2004