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Our Foreign Policy Choices: Rethinking America's Global Role


Christopher Preble


Cato Institute

William P. Ruger


Texas State University, San Marcos

Benjamin H. Friedman


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Ted Galen Carpenter


Cato Institute

Eric Gomez


Cato Institute

Douglas Bandow


Cato Institute

Emma Ashford


Cato Institute

Bradford Ian Stapleton


Cato Institute

Austin Long


Columbia University - School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA)

Brendan Rittenhouse Green


University of Cincinnati

Eugene Gholz


University of Texas - LBJ School of Public Affairs

John Mueller


Cato Institute

Gene Healy


Cato Institute

Travis Evans


Cato Institute

A. Trevor Thrall


Cato Institute

July 18, 2016

Cato Institute White Paper

Abstract:     
The end of the Cold War ushered in a unipolar world, cementing U.S. dominance over a generally liberal international order. Yet where once it seemed that U.S. foreign policy would be simpler and easier to manage as a result, the events of the past 15 years — the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Arab Spring, and Russia’s invasions of Georgia and Ukraine — strongly suggest otherwise. The world today is certainly safer for Americans than it was under the existential threat posed by the Soviet Union. But the world is undoubtedly more complex, as nonstate actors, shifting alliances, and diverse domestic political factors complicate U.S. foreign policy formation and implementation. A robust debate on America’s foreign policy choices is urgently needed.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 113

Keywords: U.S. Foreign Policy, International Relations, Global Power, Hegemony, Security

JEL Classification: F5


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Date posted: September 29, 2016  

Suggested Citation

Preble, Christopher and Ruger, William P. and Friedman, Benjamin H. and Carpenter, Ted Galen and Gomez, Eric and Bandow, Douglas and Ashford, Emma and Stapleton, Bradford Ian and Long, Austin and Green, Brendan Rittenhouse and Gholz, Eugene and Mueller, John and Healy, Gene and Evans, Travis and Thrall, A. Trevor, Our Foreign Policy Choices: Rethinking America's Global Role (July 18, 2016). Cato Institute White Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2833971

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Christopher Preble
Cato Institute ( email )
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William P. Ruger
Texas State University, San Marcos ( email )
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Benjamin H. Friedman
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )
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Ted Galen Carpenter
Cato Institute ( email )
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Eric Gomez
Cato Institute ( email )
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Douglas Bandow
Cato Institute ( email )
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Emma Ashford
Cato Institute ( email )
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States
Bradford Ian Stapleton
Cato Institute ( email )
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States
Austin Long
Columbia University - School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) ( email )
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States
Brendan Rittenhouse Green
University of Cincinnati ( email )
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0389
United States
Eugene Gholz
University of Texas - LBJ School of Public Affairs ( email )
Austin, TX 78713
United States
John Mueller
Cato Institute ( email )
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Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States
Gene Healy (Contact Author)
Cato Institute ( email )
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Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States
Travis Evans
Cato Institute ( email )
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States
A. Trevor Thrall
Cato Institute ( email )
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States
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