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America's Failing Empire: U.S. Foreign Relations Since the Cold War

America's Failing Empire: U.S. Foreign Relations Since the Cold War

Warren I. Cohen

ISBN: 978-1-405-11427-1

Sep 2005, Wiley-Blackwell

216 pages

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$39.95

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This sharp and authoritative account of American foreign relations analyzes the last fifteen years of foreign policy in relation to the last forty years, since the end of the Cold War.
  • Provides an overview and understanding of the recent history of U.S. foreign relations from the viewpoint of one of the most respected authorities in the field
  • Includes suggestions for further reading.

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction: The Cold War as History 1

1 The End of the Cold War International System 12

2 In Search of a Compass 38

3 Clinton and Humanitarian Intervention 56

4 Managing the Great Powers 72

5 The Clinton Years Assessed 94

6 The Vulcans Take Charge 123

7 Once Upon an Empire 143

8 All the Rest – and Bush Assessed 164

References and Suggestions for Additional Reading 187

Index 193

“A remarkably succinct, lucid, and provocative survey of America’s post Cold War foreign policy, brimming with shrewd insights. This is contemporary history at its best. Highly recommended for students, specialists, and general readers alike.” Robert J. McMahon, University of Florida


“America’s Failing Empire is contemporary history at its finest, reflecting the quality of scholarship and thoughtful insight that has long characterized the work of Warren Cohen. He provides a stinging critique of the unilateralist imperialism currently in vogue. It is a thorough and welcome response to the academic and journalistic apologists of the American empire.” Gary Hess, Bowling Green State University

"This fascinating study gives readers an overview and understanding of the recent history of US foreign relations from the viewpoint of one of the most respected authorities in the field." History Online


  • Contains a sharp and authoritative account of American foreign relations of the last forty years, with an emphasis on the post-1989 period.
  • Provides an overview and understanding of the recent history of U.S. foreign relations from the viewpoint of one of the most respected authorities in the field
  • Includes suggestions for further reading.