Book Discussion on American Empire: The Realities and Consequences
Professor Bacevich talked about his book American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy, published by Harvard University… read more
Professor Bacevich talked about his book American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy, published by Harvard University Press.
According to Professor Bacevich, American foreign policymakers and the successive post-Cold War administrations have followed a “strategy of openness” aimed at preserving and expanding American dominion. "Strategy of openness" refers to an effort to instill American norms and values as a prerequisite to national security and global prosperity. Professor Bacevich argues that the foreign policies of the Clinton and the George H.W. Bush administrations, as well as George W. Bush’s first year in office reflect an important continuity because all three administrations had essentially the same view of America’s interests and how to secure them. He maintained, however, that the Arab world was largely exempt from the “strategy of openness” policy before the events of September 11th. Since the openness policy has been met with resistance, Professor Bacevich suggested that U.S. foreign policy has become progressively militarized. Following his presentation, Professor Bacevich answered questions from members of the audience. close
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