America & The World: The Double Bind

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Majid Tehranian, Kevin P. Clements
Transaction Publishers - 179 lappuses

As the world's first democracy with a written constitution and Bill of Rights, the United States has stood for global aspirations toward democratic liberty, equality, and solidarity since its formation in 1776. However, as it developed into an empire by the late nineteenth century, the United States also has threatened the liberties of other peoples, including Native Americans, Hawaiians, Latin Americans, Asians, and Africans. The American role in world affairs has long been polarized around two conflicting images and strategies.

In the name of counter-terrorism, the Bush administration pursued a largely unilateralist policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. Yet, in the name of protecting its national sovereignty, the United States also has rejected most of the recent multilateral treaties that strive to contain violence by fortifying the rule of international law. A unilateralist strategy also goes largely against the U.S. postwar multilateralism, which established the United Nations and its specialized agencies. This volume explores these contradictions.

Contributors include: Kevin P. Clements, Tom Coffman, Audrey Kitagawa, Jeffrey F. Addicott, Steven Zunes, Vivien Stewart, Kathy Ferguson, Phyllis Turnbull, Bilveer Singh, Ibrahim G. Aoude, Richard Falk, Ann Wright, Beverley Kleever, Linda Groff, George Kent, Majid Tehranian, Mohammad Ali, Terrence Paupp, Gillian Young, Mihay Simaii, and David Krieger.

The annual publication Peace & Policy, sponsored by the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, is now in its ninth year. It is dedicated to providing a forum for the discussion of all issues concerning peace, policy, and the rights and responsibilities of global citizenship. This latest volume fulfills that commitment.

Majid Tehranian is professor, School of Communications, University of Hawaii at Manoa and director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. Kevin P. Clements is professor of peace and conflict studies and foundation director of the Australian Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

 

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The American Antecedent to Iraq
3
The United States in Foreign Affairs Source of Global Security or Source of Global Fear?
13
In Defense of US CounterTerrorist Policies
21
A Critique of US CounterTerrorism Policies
29
American Portable Sovereignty
37
ReEntering UNESCO The Rough and the Smooth
59
Southeast Asian Challenges to US CounterTerrorist Policies
65
The US Role in the PalestinianIsraeli Conflict
73
Replacing the Bush Doctrine
107
Human Rights in Global Governance
111
Repairing AmericanIranian Relations
115
Honoring Religions
117
Honoring Spirituality
123
Roadmaps to Peace
129
Disarming Nuclear Weapons
131
Strengthening the Capacity of the UN
141

The Quest for Alternatives
81
Arriving at a Gandhian Moment?
83
Resigning as Resistance
91
Resisting Shock and Awe
101
Feminism and Peace Towards a New World?
155
References
165
Contributors
171
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