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By Hilton L. Root

ISBN-10: 0815775563

ISBN-13: 9780815775560

In Alliance Curse, Hilton Root illustrates that fresh U.S. international coverage is just too usually erroneous, leading to misdirected overseas relief and alliances that stunt political and fiscal improvement between accomplice regimes, leaving the USA at the mistaken facet of swap. Many alliances with 3rd global dictators, ostensibly of mutual profit, decrease incentives to manipulate for prosperity and convey in its place political and social instability and fiscal failure. all over again, within the warfare on terror and within the identify of retaining worldwide balance, the United States is backing authoritarian regimes that perform repression and plunder. it's as though the chilly battle by no means ended. whereas espousing freedom and democracy, the U.S. contradicts itself by way of supporting governments that don't percentage these values. as well as undercutting its personal said aim of marketing freedom, the USA makes the constructing international much more cautious of its intentions. sure, the democracy we pontificate arouses aspirations and draws immigrants, yet those self same members turn into our sternest critics; having realized to respect American values, they prove deploring U.S. guidelines towards their very own nations. long term U.S. protection is jeopardized by way of a legacy of resentment and mistrust. A lliance Curse proposes an analytical starting place for nationwide defense that demanding situations long-held assumptions approximately international affairs. It questions the knowledge of international relations that depends upon questionable linkages or outmoded suppositions. the tip of the Soviet Union didn't portend the death of communism, for instance. Democracy and socialism aren't incompatible structures. selling democracy by means of linking it with unfastened alternate hazards overemphasizing the latter target on the fee of the previous. The turning out to be tendency to play China opposed to India so one can continue American worldwide supremacy will abate relatives with both—an insupportable state of affairs in brand new interdependent global. Root buttresses his research with case stories of yank international coverage towards constructing international locations (e.g., Vietnam), efforts at country development, and countries becoming in significance, similar to China. He concludes with a sequence of innovations designed to shut the distance among safety and fiscal development.

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If triumphalists are to take credit for the fall of the Soviet Union, they must also accept responsibility for the enduring casualties of the conflict—corruption and inequality in regimes that enjoyed Western support, and radicalism that has spread and deepened over successive generations of repression. S. S. backing of Cuba’s Fulgencio Batista, after all, that nourished the grievances that eventually brought Fidel Castro to power. S. support that Anastasio Somoza enjoyed, despite his hideous record of abuse and mismanagement.

Without a compact that provides obligations and rights to each side, American foreign policy is selfdestructive and naïve. S. borders. The continuing influx of foreigners seeking a better life in the United States only reinforces national vanity and assumptions of moral right- Democratic Paradoxes eousness and cultural exceptionalism. 19 The democratic decisionmaking process—the most cherished feature of the American political process—is at the root of the country’s poor performance in foreign policy and has extreme consequences for its capacity to sustain global leadership.

Its leaders,” he warned, “have endless ambitions of imperial domination, and they wish to make everyone powerless except themselves. ”6 Such rhetorical strategy speaks to the fears of the American public, as does the president’s frequent invocation of good against evil when describing the war on terror. The declared war and the language used to frame it are also pretexts to revise and even obliterate history. Those same charges of endless ambition and a self-appointed vanguard dismissive of free peoples have been made against the United States for its support of dictators in the same Islamic world—in Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan.

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