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010 _a 2016000678
020 _a9780190469474 (hardcover)
020 _z9780190469498 (ebook)
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050 0 0 _aE840
_b.M347 2016
082 0 0 _a327.73009/04
084 _aPOL011010
100 1 _aMandelbaum, Michael,
245 1 0 _aMission failure :
_bAmerica and the world in the post-Cold War era /
_cMichael Mandelbaum.
264 1 _aNew York, NY :
_bOxford University Press,
300 _aix, 485 pages ;
_c25 cm
336 _atext
337 _aunmediated
338 _avolume
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 383-458) and index.
505 2 _aChina, the Global Economy, and Russia -- Humanitarian Intervention -- The War on Terror and Afghanistan -- Iraq -- The Middle East -- The Restoration.
520 2 _a"In Mission Failure, Mandelbaum argues that, in the past 25 years, U.S. foreign policy has undergone a significant shift. Historically, U.S. foreign policy was oriented primarily toward threat reduction, but the U.S. military has turned in recent years to missions that are largely humanitarian and socio-political. Mandelbaum argues that ideologically-driven foreign policy--that which seeks to reconstruct societies along Western lines--generally leads to mission failure"--
_cProvided by publisher.
520 2 _a"America's decision in 1991 to provide air defense to oppressed Kurds in Iraq after the Gulf War ushered in an entirely new era in American foreign policy. Until that moment, the United States had only used military power to defend against threats that its leaders thought would either weaken America's position in the world order or--in the worst case--threaten the homeland. But with this offer to the Kurds, the United States for the first time ever was now militarily involved in states that represented no threat, and with missions that were largely humanitarian and socio-political. After establishing the Kurdish no-fly zone, the US in quick succession intervened in Somalia, Haiti, and Kosovo. Even after 9/11, it decided that it had a duty to not just invade Iraq, but reconstruct Iraqi society along Western lines. In Mission Failure, the eminent scholar Michael Mandelbaum provides a comprehensive history of post-Cold War American foreign policy to show why this new approach was doomed to failure. Mandelbaum argues that all major foreign policy initiatives, both before and after September 11, 2001, had a basic feature in common: all were missions to transform other countries along Western lines, and all failed. This shift in policy did result in several positive effects, including a broad expansion of democracy and strong growth in the global economy. However, the U.S. had neither the capacity nor the will to change societies that were dramatically different from our own. Over two decades later, we can see the wreckage: a broken Iraq, a teetering Afghanistan, and a still-impoverished Haiti. Mandelbaum does not deny that American foreign policy has always had a strong ideological component. Instead, he argues that focusing solely on ideology at the expense of realism generally leads to mission failure"--
_cProvided by publisher.
650 0 _aIdeology
_xPolitical aspects
_zUnited States.
650 0 _aRealism
_xPolitical aspects
_zUnited States.
650 0 _aHumanitarian intervention
_y20th century.
650 0 _aHumanitarian intervention
_y21st century.
650 7 _aPOLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy.
650 7 _aHISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
651 0 _aUnited States
_xForeign relations
651 0 _aUnited States
_xForeign relations
651 0 _aUnited States
_xMilitary policy.
856 4 2 _3Book review (H-Net)
906 _a7
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955 _brf14 2016-01-25
_crf14 2016-01-25 telework episodic ONIX
_arf01 2017-01-26 additional copy to LOAN
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