Examines the complex relationship between United States foreign policy and American national identity as it has changed from the post-cold war period through the defining moment of 9/11 and into the 21st century.
Starting with a discussion of notions of American identity in an historical sense, the contributors go on to examine the most central issues in US foreign policy and their impact on national identity including: the end of the Cold War, the rise of neo-conservatism, ideas of US Empire and the influence of the 'War on Terror'. The book sheds significant new light on the continuities and discontinuities in the relationship of US identity to foreign policy.
Table of Contents
Foreword Anatol Lieven Introduction Part 1: History and Identity in US Foreign Policy 1. Identity and Victory: the Cold war’s end in American Memory Roger Johnson 2. Nativism or Cosmopolitanism? American Identity in the 21st century Carl Pedersen Part 2: Motivations, Identity and Ideology in US Foreign Policy 3. A Neo-Conservative-dominated US Foreign Policy establishment? Inderjeet Parmar 4. American Evangelical Protestantism and US Foreign Policy Caitlin Stewart 5. Constructing US Identity: Unilateralism and Multilateralism in US security policy Ed Lock Part 3: The Consequences: the reluctant Empire? 6. "Will the United States always be the ‘quintessential’ modern nation-state in an increasingly postmodern world?" Jason G. Ralph 7. How the Anglophones can save the American Imperium: Modelling the British Empire for a 21st century America. Binoy Kampmark 8. American Empire as a way of life: The search for Historical alternatives Jonathan Hansen