Mission Failure America and the World in the Post Cold War Era Unbeknownst to just about all observers of international affairs America s decision in to provide air defense to oppressed Kurds in Iraq after the Gulf War had ended ushered in an entirely new e

  • Title: Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era
  • Author: Michael Mandelbaum
  • ISBN: 9780190469474
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Unbeknownst to just about all observers of international affairs, America s decision in 1991 to provide air defense to oppressed Kurds in Iraq after the Gulf War had ended ushered in an entirely new era in American foreign policy Until that moment, the United States used military power to defend against threats real and perceived that its leaders thought would either weUnbeknownst to just about all observers of international affairs, America s decision in 1991 to provide air defense to oppressed Kurds in Iraq after the Gulf War had ended ushered in an entirely new era in American foreign policy Until that moment, the United States used military power to defend against threats real and perceived that its leaders thought would either weaken America s position in the world order or in the worst case threaten the homeland For the first time ever, the United States militarily was now actively involved in states that represented no threat, and with missions that were largely humanitarian and socio political After establishing the Kurdish no fly zone, the US in quick succession intervened in Somalia, Haiti, and Kosovo Even after 9 11, it decided that it had a duty to not just invade Iraq, but reconstruct Iraqi society along Western lines In Mission Failure, the eminent international relations scholar Michael Mandelbaum provides a sweeping interpretive history of American foreign policy in the post Cold War era to show why this new approach was doomed to failure America had always adhered to a mission based foreign policy, but in the post Cold War era it swung away from security concerns to a near exclusive emphasis on implanting Western institutions wherever it could Many good things happened in this era, including a broad expansion of democracy and strong growth in the global economy But the U.S never had either the capacity or the will to change societies that were dramatically different from our own Over two decades later, we can see the wreckage a broken Iraq a teetering Afghanistan, a China that laughs at our demands that they adopt a human rights regime, and a still impoverished Haiti Mandelbaum does not deny that American foreign policy has always had a strong ideological component Instead, he argues that emphasizing that particular feature generally leads to mission failure We are able to defend ourselves well and effectively project power, but we have very little capacity to change other societies If nothing else, that is what the last quarter century has taught us.

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    2 thoughts on “Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era

    1. While this book is an interesting survey of America's many and diverse foreign interventions since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it has far too many shortcomings to be taken seriously as anything beyond an expanded article. Mandelbaum has a thesis, and in order to make his thesis works he aggressively omits historical facts, and distorts many more. To make matters worse, his underpinning assumptions: that global free trade is always a net good without exceptions, that the IMF has always been a f [...]

    2. Excellent! For another review, see The Opinion Pages, OP-ED COLUMNIST, "Impossible Missions," by Thomas L. Friedman APRIL 6, 2016, at:nytimes/2016/04/06/opip. 381. In that case, the expansion of NATO would have a claim to being, in historical perspective, the most consequential American foreign policy of the post-Cold War years: its malign effects would be felt long after the failed missions in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and even Afghanistan and Iraq had faded from memory.This is a very goo [...]

    3. A really interesting book. Quite long, but oddly captivating. Describes US foreign policy post Cold War, where interventions were not really to preserve the security of the US but because they could (Haiti, Kosovo etc). Bad decisions like expanding NATO and gratuitous Middle East interventions (Iraq) led to a raft of problems and antagonists. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and the consequences of actions can last for generations. Fascinating, and many events that I paid only partial attention to [...]

    4. Mandelbaum presents an interesting argument here, and an informative overview of the history of U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War, beginning with the Clinton administration and ending with that of Barack Obama. Ultimately, his argument fails to persuade, however, as Washington was no stranger to foreign interventions prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Still, worth reading and a valuable contribution to the debate over American foreign policy in the 90's and 2000's.

    5. A fair reading of the facts of US foreign policy going back to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. No administration from Clinton to Obama is without failure in the author's view, so it is a very fair evaluation. The insights demonstrate the importance of experts running US foreign policy!

    6. I'll be honest, I tend to give one star to anything I cannot finish. This was a tad too dry even for my standards and seemed be trying to hard to be something more. I get the sense this could have been a much shorter book with a more stable thesis and he got carried away.

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