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Author Cox, Michael
Title US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion : From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama
Imprint London : Taylor & Francis Group, 2013
©2012
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Descript 1 online resource (241 pages)
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Series Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy Ser
Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy Ser
Note Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of contributors -- Foreword -- Introduction: presidents, American democracy promotion and world order -- Notes -- 1. Democracy promotion from Wilson to Obama -- The Wilsonian vision in theory -- Four stages of liberal internationalism in practice -- The contradictions of liberal internationalism today -- Notes -- 2. Theodore Roosevelt -- Roosevelt's context: accidental president in a changing word -- The expansion of American horizons: national greatness as national mission -- Weaker nations, intervention and the spreading of 'civilization' -- Roosevelt's place in the American tradition of democracy promotion -- Notes -- 3. Woodrow Wilson -- Wilson and democracy -- The place of democracy in Wilson's foreign policy -- Mexico and the Caribbean -- Europe and world order -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 4. Franklin D. Roosevelt -- The Roosevelt Doctrine of 1936 -- Democracy and the Americas - the Good Neighbour policy -- Democracy and reform - the Four Freedoms -- Democracy abroad - the Atlantic Charter -- Democracy and peace - the UN -- Conclusions - Roosevelt's legacy for democracy promotion -- Notes -- 5. Harry S. Truman -- Truman, democracy and anti-communism -- The Truman Doctrine -- Truman and democracy in Latin America -- The Point Four initiative -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 6. John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson -- From Kennedy to Johnson -- Notes -- 7. Jimmy Carter -- The policy -- Bureaucratic politics -- The record -- Carter, the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War -- Notes -- 8. Ronald Reagan -- Ideas, not power or institutions -- Reagan's rationale for democracy promotion -- Relative ideas, not relative power, create distrust -- No moral equivalence -- Arms are necessary in a world of diverging ideologies -- Freedom is universal -- Eliminate nuclear weapons
Democracy: definition, evolution and promotion -- Reagan's practices of democracy promotion -- Reagan's legacy in democracy promotion -- Notes -- 9. Bill Clinton -- Introduction -- The origins of democratic enlargement -- Democratic enlargement through democracy promotion -- Legacies and lessons -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 10. George W. Bush -- Bush, democracy promotion and the democratic peace -- I. Promoter: positive -- Iraq -- Egypt -- II. Promoter: negative -- Afghanistan -- Iran -- III. Non-promoter: positive -- China -- Russia -- IV. Non-promoter: negative -- Saudi Arabia -- Georgia -- From Bush to Obama -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 11. Barack Obama -- Introduction -- Stepping back -- Stepping up -- The long game -- A greater democracy support role for rising democracies -- Promoting international consensus on and commitment to open government -- Advancing transnational work on anti-corruption norms -- Establishing civil society dialogues -- Linking democracy and development support -- The larger picture -- The Arab Spring -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
The promotion of democracy by the United States became highly controversial during the presidency of George W. Bush. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were widely perceived as failed attempts at enforced democratization, sufficient that Barack Obama has felt compelled to downplay the rhetoric of democracy and freedom in his foreign-policy. This collection seeks to establish whether a democracy promotion tradition exists, or ever existed, in US foreign policy, and how far Obama and his predecessors conformed to or repudiated it. For more than a century at least, American presidents have been driven by deep historical and ideological forces to conceive US foreign policy in part through the lens of democracy promotion. Debating how far democratic aspirations have been realized in actual foreign policies, this book draws together concise studies from many of the leading academic experts in the field to evaluate whether or not these efforts were successful in promoting democratization abroad. They clash over whether democracy promotion is an appropriate goal of US foreign policy and whether America has gained anything from it. Offering an important contribution to the field, this work is essential reading for all students and scholars of US foreign policy, American politics and international relations
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Cox, Michael US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion : From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama London : Taylor & Francis Group,c2013 9780415679794
Subject New democracies.;Democratization -- International cooperation.;United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.;United States -- Foreign relations -- 21st century
Electronic books
Alt Author Lynch, Timothy J
Bouchet, Nicolas
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