Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order

Making the Unipolar Moment U S Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post Cold War Order In the late s the United States often seemed to be a superpower in decline Battered by crises and setbacks around the globe its post World War II international leadership appeared to be draining

  • Title: Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order
  • Author: Hal Brands
  • ISBN: 9781501702723
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the late 1970s, the United States often seemed to be a superpower in decline Battered by crises and setbacks around the globe, its post World War II international leadership appeared to be draining steadily away Yet just over a decade later, by the early 1990s, America s global primacy had been reasserted in dramatic fashion The Cold War had ended with Washington andIn the late 1970s, the United States often seemed to be a superpower in decline Battered by crises and setbacks around the globe, its post World War II international leadership appeared to be draining steadily away Yet just over a decade later, by the early 1990s, America s global primacy had been reasserted in dramatic fashion The Cold War had ended with Washington and its allies triumphant democracy and free markets were spreading like never before The United States was now enjoying its unipolar moment an era in which Washington faced no near term rivals for global power and influence, and one in which the defining feature of international politics was American dominance How did this remarkable turnaround occur, and what role did U.S foreign policy play in causing it In this important book, Hal Brands uses recently declassified archival materials to tell the story of American resurgence.Brands weaves together the key threads of global change and U.S policy from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, examining the Cold War struggle with Moscow, the rise of a integrated and globalized world economy, the rapid advance of human rights and democracy, and the emergence of new global challenges like Islamic extremism and international terrorism Brands reveals how deep structural changes in the international system interacted with strategies pursued by Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H W Bush to usher in an era of reinvigorated and in many ways unprecedented American primacy Making the Unipolar Moment provides an indispensable account of how the post Cold War order that we still inhabit came to be.

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    1. A challenging and incredible thorough history of US foreign policy from the mid 70's to the end of the Cold War. The basic thesis is that between the "malaise" of the 1970's and early 1990's US leaders designed policies that took advantage of global trends in US favor to create a unipolar system. Brands applies this thesis convincingly to geopolitics, but he also applies it to global economic and political models. He has 2 great chapters the rise of the liberal economic order and the democratic [...]

    2. Where is the United States going? Is it ascending, declining or just treading water. Its foreign policy continues to play an important role in the country, whether right or wrong. Does it suit the U.S. to have an enemy? The Cold War is over, the “War on Terror” has replaced it. The country now faces a so-called unipolar moment, something where there are no near-term rivals for global power and influence. Is this good, and how did U.S. foreign policy play a role in shaping this situation? Thi [...]

    3. Seeing the effusive acknowledgement to Dueck, it is not a surprise that this study of the 1970-1990 period finds a strong thread of continuity specifically in the Carter-Reagan administrations rather than a sharp policy disconnect. Brands convincingly makes the case that pursuing pro-democratizing trends and globalization (although they looked like a train wreck under Carter), were sources of strength for Reagan at the moment the USSR declined to continue the Cold War. This is a an excellent bac [...]

    4. Defense of Reagan/BushUnlike so many histories of this period, this focuses on the decisions made that resulted in the unipolar moment becoming a unipolar era. Brand differs with many realist theorists who saw this as part of the broader cycles of power. He shows how decisions by Reagan and Bush were the result of a strategy to create a world dominated by American values, which is in line with Nye's arguments about soft power.Brand's history is not without his criticism of the policies. He also [...]

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