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At the End of the American Century

, 272 pages
June 1998



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At the End of the American Century

America's Role in the Post-Cold War World

"It was one thing," writes editor Robert L. Hutchings in the introduction to the present volume, "to lead an alliance of Western democracies in a grand struggle against Soviet communism; quite another for the accumulated obligations of the forty years of Cold War confrontation to ensnare us in a continued international role against no certain foe toward no certain ends." In At the End of the American Century Hutchings brings together a distinguished group of authorities to review essential questions of morality, interest, politics, and economics in U.S. foreign policy after the collapse of the Soviet empire. The contributors—prominent legislators, foreign policy makers, scholars, and business leaders—offer a back-to-back basics inquiry: How much does morality, rather than self-interest, drive our foreign policy? How do we confront an anarchic world when our strategies have been developed for opposing singular, organized forces? What do we really want out of global trade, and do we know who our partners will be?The contributors are Thomas S. Foley, Jonathan Clarke, H.W. Brands, John Lewis Gaddis, Joseph Duffey, Robert Kaplan, James Rosenau, Bryan Hehir, Bowman Cutter, Michael Oppenheimer, Alfred Eckes, Samuel Berger, Ronald Steel, Milton Morris, Timothy Wirth, and Carol Moseley-Braun.

Robert L. Hutchings is dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also served as diplomat in residence at Princeton University, chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council, special adviser to the secretary of state, and director for European affairs at the National Security Council, and is a former ambassador. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his contributions to Polish freedom.

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