By Henry R. Nau
Debates approximately U.S. overseas coverage have revolved round 3 major traditions--liberal internationalism, realism, and nationalism. during this publication, unique political scientist Henry Nau delves deeply right into a fourth, ignored international coverage culture that he calls "conservative internationalism." This strategy spreads freedom, like liberal internationalism; hands international relations, like realism; and preserves nationwide sovereignty, like nationalism. It objectives an international of constrained govt or autonomous "sister republics," now not a global of significant strength concert events or centralized overseas institutions.
Nau explores conservative internationalism within the international rules of Thomas Jefferson, James Polk, Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan. those presidents did greater than any others to extend the arc of freedom utilizing a deft blend of strength, international relations, and compromise. given that Reagan, presidents have swung from side to side one of the major traditions, overreaching below Bush and now retrenching less than Obama. Nau demonstrates that conservative internationalism deals an alternate manner. It pursues freedom yet no longer far and wide, prioritizing occasions that border on current loose countries--Turkey, for instance, instead of Iraq. It makes use of lesser strength early to persuade negotiations instead of higher strength later after negotiations fail. And it reaches well timed compromises to profit army leverage and maintain public support.
A groundbreaking revival of a overlooked international coverage culture, Conservative Internationalism exhibits how the us can successfully maintain worldwide management whereas respecting the restrictions of public will and fabric resources.