|The inaugural volume in the series Studies in Security and International Affairs
The essays in this volume argue that the Bush Doctrine, as outlined in
the September 2002 National Security Strategy of the United States,
squandered enormous military and economic resources, diminished
American power, and undermined America's moral reputation as a defender
of democratic values and human rights. The Bush Doctrine misguidedly
assumed that the United States was a superpower, a unique unipolar
power that could compel others to accede to its preferences for world
order. In reality the United States is a formidable but besieged global
power, one of a handful of nations that could influence but certainly
not dictate world events. The flawed doctrine has led to failed
policies that extend America's reach beyond its grasp, most painfully
evident in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Leading scholars and policy analysts from nine countries assess the
impact of the Bush Doctrine on world order, explain how the United
States reached its current low standing internationally, and propose
ways that the country can repair the untold damage wrought by
ill-conceived and incompetently executed security and foreign policies.
Contributors focus on the principal regions of the world where they
have expertise: Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America,
The contributors agree that future security and foreign policies must
be informed by the limitations of U.S. economic, cultural, and military
power to shape world order to reflect American interests and values.
American power and influence will increase only when the United States
binds itself to moral norms, legal strictures, and political accords in
cooperation with other like-minded states and peoples..
From Superpower to
Besieged Global Power
Restoring World Order after
the Failure of the Bush Doctrine
edited by Edward A. Kolodziej and Roger E. Kanet