America and the World, 1898-2025 Achievements, Failures, Alternative Futures

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-09-30
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This book surveys US achievements and failures in the world across the 20th century. The analysis builds upon surveys of experts at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and several universities conducted over the last 25 years. The reasons for success and failure are subject to hot dispute. Walter Clemens argues that the individual traits of US leaders account for far more variation in outcomes than the domestic or international contexts. He concludes that the policy outcomes of the past century confirm the assumptions of mutual gain theory, complexity theory, and liberal peace theory. Clemens then uses his analysis to sketch alternative futures that could face planners in the early 21st century.

Author Biography

Walter Clemens is Professor of Political Science at Boston University and Associate of the Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is author of Baltic Independence and Russian Empire and ten other books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Contributors xi
Framework: Aims, Methods, Theories 1(22)
Part One The Twentieth Century
Achievements of United States Foreign Policy, 1898--2000
Failures of United States Foreign Policy, 1898--2000
Sources of Success and Failure
Part Two The Twenty-First Century
Power, Fitness, and Influence at the Cusp
Alternative Futures, A.D. 2000 to 2025
Lessons from the Past, Guidelines for the Future
Index 243

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