Global America: Imposing Liberalism on a Recalcitrant World

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Challenges to U.S. Hegemony

The United States emerged victorious from the cold war and quickly established itself as the hegemonic power in the international system. It has contained all substantial threats to its interests in the oil-rich region of the Middle East, it has been dominant in the European theatre, and it has been the strongest power in East Asia. Can this unipolarity survive?1

Because of the nature of the new political economy that liberal America has been so instrumental in creating, this question cannot be answered--as it might have been with respect to sixteenth-century Spain or eighteenth-century France --just with reference to the power of rival states. Consideration must be attached to the structure of the international political economy itself. Yet the process of globalization has not proceeded sufficiently far with the weakening of the nation-state for state power structures to be entirely ignored. The measure of the success of the United States will involve both whether the liberal order and its institutional basis survive, widen, and deepen and whether the U.S. state can ward off geopolitical challenges to its hegemony. These two questions are closely intertwined.


THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

Political: The UN System

During the cold war the UN was prevented from exercising its collective security functions by the rival ambitions of the two superpowers, each able to veto UN activities against themselves, their allies, or the interests of either. After

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms vii
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Preface xiii
  • 1 - Considerations of American Power 1
  • 2 - Popular Culture, Corporate Power, Imperial State 31
  • 3 - Domestic Constraints on American Power 61
  • 4 - U.S. Policy in the Middle East 83
  • 5 - Policy in Europe 95
  • 6 - U.S. Policy in the Asia Pacific 123
  • 7 - Challenges to U.S. Hegemony 153
  • 8 - Prospects for the Twenty-First Century 181
  • Bibliography 213
  • Index 216
  • About the Authors 226
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