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US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion
From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama
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US Foreign Policy And Democracy Promotion revises our understanding of the origins of this great American preoccupation--think Teddy Roosevelt, not Woodrow Wilson--and recasts conventional wisdom on figures like Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. It's an indispensable addition to the literature on democracy promotion. James Traub, author of The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not the Way George Bush Did), Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008 For the past century, democracy promotion has been an important aspect of American foreign policy. This excellent volume shows how specific presidents from Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush and Barack Obama have wrestled with this often hotly contested issue. It will be a vital edition for anyone interested in American foreign policy. Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University and author of The Future of Power. An extremely refreshing perspective on a subject of long-standing concern... American democracy promotion strategies. With a dazzling array of leading scholars from across the disciplines... this volume does something that so many others have failed to: place at the centre of its analysis of US foreign policy the holder of the world's most powerful office: the President of the United States... strongly recommended. Professor Inderjeet Parmar, Chair, British International Studies Association and City University London A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of U.S. democracy promotion, but I am aware of no other study that tackles it as Cox, Bouchet and Lynch have done here: by deploying a top notch posse of scholars to examine the phenomenon from the perspective of every American president from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama. Framed brilliantly by Tony Smith's sweeping theoretical and historical introduction, the subsequent chapters yield many novel insights, from TR's surprising contributions to American democracy promotion to Obama's curious ambivalence. This excellent collection proves how much can be learned about an important phenomenon simply by examining how leaders have grappled with it in a variety of challenging contexts. William C. Wohlforth, Daniel Webster Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, USA. Democracy promotion as an instrument of US foreign policy is a topic which has generated a prolific literature. But this collection is unique. First because it takes the subject from its historical roots and covers a huge period of time starting with Theodore Roosevelt and finishing with Barack Obama. Secondly, because it insists on something which is quite rare in the whole literature: the practicalities of democracy promotion and not simply its discourse. Democracy promotion on the ground is at the core of this original endeavour. The result is impressive. It gives a very illuminating interpretation on the continuity of us foreign policy in this domain and confirm the persistent obstacles it faces in spite of some non negligible achievements, when US interests and values match local expectations. A must read book for students and scholars interested in us foreign policy and more generally on the interaction between values and interests, between principles drawn in Washington and stubborn realities on the ground. Zaki Laidi, Director of Research, Sciences PO, France. This is an impressive and valuable book. Instead of the usual polemics about the United States as paragon or hypocrite, this book provides solid analysis of the scope and limits of U.S. democracy promotion. It does so with both historical sweep and contemporary focus, and lines of argument significant for both the scholarly and policy communities. And it holds together well, much more effectively integrated than edited volumes often are. Bruce W. Jentleson, Duke University, USA. A comprehensive and critical assessment of the complex relationship between American foreign policy and the promotion of democracy around the world. These prominent contributors examine the role of
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Michael E. Cox is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is Co-Director of LSE IDEAS. He is co-editor of the London School of Economics CWSC journal, Cold War History. Timothy J. Lynch is Senior Lecturer in American Politics at the University of Melbourne. Nicolas Bouchet is Deputy Editor for Research, Chatham House.
Foreword G. John Ikenberry Introduction Michael Cox, Timothy J. Lynch and Nicolas Bouchet 1. Democracy Promotion from Wilson to Obama Tony Smith 2. Theodore Roosevelt Adam Quinn 3. Woodrow Wilson John Thompson 4. Franklin D. Roosevelt Tony Mcculloch 5. Harry S. Truman Martin H. Folly 6. John F. Kennedy & Lyndon Johnson Jon Roper 7. Jimmy Carter and Moral Purpose John Dumbrell 8. Ronald Reagan Henry R. Nau 9. Bill Clinton Nicolas Bouchet 10. George W. Bush Timothy J Lynch 11. Barack Obama Thomas Carothers