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Our Foreign Policy Choices: Rethinking America's Global Role

113 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2016  

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

Date Written: July 18, 2016

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.

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

JEL Classification: F5

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

Christopher Preble

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William P. Ruger

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Benjamin H. Friedman

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Ted Galen Carpenter

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Eric Gomez

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Douglas Bandow

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Emma Ashford

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Bradford Ian Stapleton

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Austin Long

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Brendan Rittenhouse Green

University of Cincinnati ( email )

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Eugene Gholz

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John Mueller

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Gene Healy (Contact Author)

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Travis Evans

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A. Trevor Thrall

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