Academic journal article Military Review

DEFIANT SUPERPOWER: The New American Hegemony

Academic journal article Military Review

DEFIANT SUPERPOWER: The New American Hegemony

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DEFIANT SUPERPOWER: The New American Hegemony, Donald E. Nuechterlein. Potomac Books, Inc., Washington, D.C., 2005, $17.79.

Defiant Superpower is Donald Nuechterlein's eighth book on U.S. foreign policy. Nuechterlein, career diplomat and prolific scholar, examines U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 using the widely read analytical model he developed in his earlier books.

Nuechterlein's now-traditional framework divides national interests into four categories-defense of the homeland, economic well-being, favorable world order, and promotion of values-and examines those interests in terms of the intensity with which they are pursued (survival, vital, major, and peripheral). In the opening chapter he concludes that empire is not an accurate or useful way to describe the current U.S. role in the world and prefers the term "hegemonic power." For Nuechterlein, hegemonic power describes a strong degree of influence over world affairs that is less direct and overt than the term "empire."

The United States has exercised various forms of hegemony since the end of World War II, but in the last 10 years or so, U.S. hegemony has been unbalanced by competing powers. Other nations have become reluctant to tackle difficult foreignpolicy issues, and global terrorism has emerged as a threat. Since the late 1990s, the United States has felt compelled to go it alone, hence Nuechterlein's term "defiant hegemony." It is important to note, however, that he dates the emergence of defiant hegemony to the late 1990s and President Bill Clinton's second administration, not to President George W. Bush's administration.

In an ominous tone, Nuechterlein discusses the consequences of this defiant approach-international, diplomatic, and popular opinions unfavorable to U. …

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