American Realism Versus American Imperialism

Campbell Craig

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This article reviews three recent books critical of America's new “imperial” foreign policy, examines whether the United States can properly be compared to empires of the past, and identifies three aspects of contemporary American policy that may well be called imperialist. It also addresses some of the main objections to recent U.S. foreign policy made by American realist scholars and argues that traditional interstate realism can no longer readily apply to the problem ofAmerican unipolar preponderance over an anarchical, nuclear-armed world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-171
Number of pages29
JournalWorld Politics
Issue number01
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2004


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