Below you will find a reading list on issues related American Foreign Policy. This list will be an ongoing project which will be updated on a regular basis.
American Grand Strategy.
The grand strategy of any state refers to the set of policies that seek to produce state security. The current debate in American grand strategy is between Liberal Hegemony and Restraint. Liberal hegemony is largely considered to be American grand strategy since 1989 and consists of two components. One is liberal which seeks to make potential rivals democratic. The other is hegemonic which seeks to secure American security by making America militarily superior to potential challengers. Force is generally permitted to pursue either objective.
The alternative to liberal hegemony is usually referred to as restraint which argues for a
Arguments in defense of American security architecture.
“The End of History and the Last Man
.” by Francis_Fukuyama. Printed in 1992, this article argues that the end of the Cold War marked the end of ideological evolution, and that capitalism and democracy were the end points of history.
“The Clash of Civilization?
” by Samuel Huntington. Printed in 1993, this piece argues that culture and civilization will replace ideology as the drivers of International conflict.
Arguments against Liberal Hegemony.
America and the rise of China.
A Unique Dilemma. Interest versus Ideals.
No country has made an attempt to balance it’s ideals with security as America. There are two general ways international stability has been achieved. One is through balance. This method has mostly been employed in Europe. The other is hegemony. This
America and terrorism.
For approximately 15 years, confronting Islamic terrorism was the number goal of American foreign policy. This period is from September 11, 2001 to Trump’s
America and the world economy.
History of American foreign policy.
For a good introduction to a time line of American statecraft I recommend two pieces.
I also offer an additional work written by Walter Russel Mead titled “Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World.” This piece gives treatment to 4 themes found in American foreign policy.
A reading list of American Democracy Promotion
First read this. Fareed and illiberal democracies. This paper notes the difference between liberal democracies and electoral democracies.
is america an empire?
n. ferguson and his book empire.
Daniel cox work.