Superpower U.S.: How it Works and its Role in the World Mark Lieberman & Greg Mancuso
Fall 2018 Wednesday mornings ... ROOM 469 ... 9:30am - 11:30am. Sept. 12 - Dec. 12
The US has been fighting shapeless, stateless enemies, with no discernible end in sight. How do our institutions adapt? What are our goals, and how do we achieve them? We’ll use two books. Both books provide multiple perspectives and plenty of opportunity for thoughtful discussion.
by Rosa Brooks
Brooks's book posits that the military has assumed an increasing role in U.S. foreign policy, and that we've come to accept such a role without really considering its implications. It examines the internal, frequently confusing, operations of the Defense Department, and explores the military perspectives on its difficult new roles in the world - both war-making and peace-making. The book also considers how we define, regulate and fight war, and the appropriate role of human rights in war-making. (Endorsed by both the NY Times and the National Review)
by Ian Bremmer
Bremmer's book concludes that US international policy is “incoherent America," and considers several alternative perspectives on American policy: an “indispensable America," a “pragmatic America," and an “independent America." We'll discuss each view and attempt to reach our own conclusions about appropriate U.S. foreign policy. (Endorsed by both NPR and the American Conservative)
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