American Power in the 21st Century
November 2004, Polity
This volume explores the questions raised by American power from
a variety of perspectives. Is the emphasis laid on military power
likely to be self-defeating for the United States in the long run?
Is “soft power” or persuasion a more effective way to
promote American interests and goals? How is American predominance
perceived in Europe, China and the Arab world? Will it last or will
other powers coalesce to resist US hegemony? The authors address
these and other fundamental questions in rigorous and historically
sensitive analyses of this critical juncture in global
The book will be of great interest to students and scholars in
political science and international relations, as well as all those
concerned with and by one of the key topics of our time.
Contributors include: Robert Cooper, Michael Cox, Zhiyuan Cui, Abdelwahab El-Affendi, G. John Ikenberry, Robert Kagan, Mary Kaldor, Joseph S. Nye, Thomas Risse.
Introduction: Whither American Power? David Held and Mathias Koenig-Archibugi.
1. Empire? The Bush Doctrine and the Lessons of History Michael Cox.
2. The First Failed Empire of the Twenty-First Century Michael Mann.
3. Liberal Hegemony or Empire? American Power in the Age of Unipolarity G. John Ikenberry.
4. Hard Power, Soft Power, and “The War on Terrorism” Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
5. Power and Weakness Robert Kagan.
6. The Goals of Diplomacy, Hard Power, and Soft Power Robert Cooper.
7. American Power: From “Compellance” to Cosmopolitanism? Mary Kaldor.
8. Beyond Iraq: The Crisis of the Transatlantic Security Community Thomas Risse.
9. The Bush Doctrine: A Chinese Perspective Zhiyuan Cui.
10. Waiting for Armageddon: The “Mother of All Empires” and its Middle East Quagmire Abdelwahab El-Affendi.
Mathias Koenig-Archibugi is Lecturer in Global Politics, both at the London School of Economics and Political Science
- Leading scholars and political commentators from around the world present a thorough and groundbreaking evaluation of America's global power and politics.
- Provides both a rigorous and historically sensitive analysis of America's military and political power.
- Supplies answers to the fundamental questions of America’s current hegemony and place in a Global social democracy.
- Contributors include: Robert Cooper, Michael Cox, Zhiyuan Cui, Abdelwahab El-Affendi, G. John Ikenberry, Robert Kagan, Mary Kaldor, Joseph S. Nye, Thomas Risse.
Perspectives on Politics
"This is a book brimming with ideas, which is calculated to
start rather than end a debate."
Keith Kyle, International Affairs
"A collection of essays assembled largely from the 2003 Miliband
Lectures at the London School of Economics, presents a smorgasbord
of competing vision of the future. Sketching four potential future
states – empire, global democracy, collective security,
balance of power – they provide outer limits of possible
future states within which contributors comfortably fall. Reading
the book from cover to cover produces a gaggle of voices and plenty
of material for classroom debate."
Alex Goodall, Times Higher Education
"Gathering together many of the world's best geopolitical
thinkers, this book is essential reading for anyone worried by the
impact of American power on global governance. The inclusion of
Arab and Chinese perspectives is particularly welcome."
Charles Grant, Centre for European Reform