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The American Era
Power and Strategy for the 21st Century


  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521697385

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  • The American Era makes a provocative argument about America's world role. It sets out the case for a grand strategy that recognizes American preponderance as necessary and desirable for coping with the perils of the post-9/11 world. The book argues firstly that, Militant Islamic terrorism and weapons of mass destruction pose a threat which requires us to alter the way we think about the pre-emptive and preventive use of force. Secondly, the UN and other international bodies are incapable of acting on these urgent problems. Thirdly, in an international system with no true central authority other countries will inevitably look for leadership to the US. The book argues that if America does not respond actively to terrorist threats, no one else will take the initiative.

    • Argues that American predominance is essential in the post 9/11 world
    • Insightful treatment of US policy in Europe, the Middle East and Asia
    • Makes the case for the use of force in Iraq
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '[The American Era is] a wonderful, elegant and compelling analysis in every respect … It will become compulsory reading on my Masters US Foreign Policy course next year and, I believe, should be read - and hopefully understood! - by anyone interested in American foreign policy. It really represents a magnificent achievement and is a work of exemplary scholarship. I hope and trust it receives the positive impact, reviews and sales that it thoroughly deserves.' Robert Singh, Birkbeck College, University of London

    'We can only hope other books, whatever their normative agenda, will follow this example.' Political Science

    'The writing is refreshingly free of jargon - a fault of much of the literature written in opposition to Lieber's thesis. His case is argued to strong, non-partisan effect. His examples are telling. The overall impact is to restructure the debate over recent American foreign policy along lines that are calm, analytical, and scholarly. We can only hope other books, whatever their normative agenda, will follow this example.' Japanese Journal of Political Science

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521697385
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.421kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Caveat empire: how to think about American power
    2. New (and old) grand strategy
    3. Europe: symbolic reactions and common threats
    4. Globalization, culture, and identities in crisis
    5. Iraq and the Middle East: dilemmas of U.S. power
    6. Asia's American pacifier
    7. Why they hate us and why they love us
    8. The future of the American era.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Americn Foreign Policy
    • Globalization and US Foreign Policy
    • Homeland Security Seminar
    • Introduction to International Relations
    • Third World Security Issues
  • Author

    Robert J. Lieber, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Robert J. Lieber is a Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University. He is an expert on American foreign policy and US relations with the Middle East and Europe and the author or editor of thirteen books on international relations and US foreign policy. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His most recently published book is an edited volume, Eagle Rules? Foreign Policy and American Primacy in the 21st Century (Prentice-Hall and the Wilson Center, 2002). His numerous authored works include No Common Power: Understanding International Relations (4th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2001) and The Oil Decade (1986). His articles have appeared in scholarly and policy journals including International Security, American Political Science Review, Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commentary, Orbis, The International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, British Journal of Political Science, International Affairs (London), Politique Etrangere (Paris), and Internationale Politik (Berlin), among others.

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