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A Search for Enemies: America's Alliances after the Cold War (Paperback)


By Ted Galen Carpenter

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Book Description
The passing of the Cold War is the most important development of the late 20th century, yet the United States clings tenaciously to old policies. Both the Bush administration and Democratic leaders have insisted on perpetuating a host of obsolete alliances, including NATO and the alliance with Japan, which cost American taxpayers nearly $150 billion a year. Ted Galen Carpenter offers a provocative critique of that status quo strategy.

Although Washington's outdated alliances have no real adversary or credible mission, Carpenter says, they hold the potential to embroil the United States in obscure conflicts, ethnic and otherwise, that have little relevance to America's legitimate security concerns. As an alternative, he proposes "strategic independence," under which the United States would act only to defend vital interests -- the republic's physical integrity, political independence, or domestic liberty.

Carpenter calls for "the foreign policy equivalent of zero-based budgeting," insisting that because of the dramatic changes in the world caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union, "all alliances must be justified anew, regardless of any utility they may have had during the Cold War." He places under the microscope America's multilateral treaty obligations to defend other nations -- NATO, ANZUS, which links the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, and the Rio Treaty, which provides a collective defense arrangement for the Western Hemisphere. He also examines four important bilateral security agreements -- with Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Pakistan. This is the book on a new foreign policy for the United States.
About the Author
Ted Galen Carpenter is vice president for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute.
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What Others Have Said
"The most important book on U.S. foreign policy since Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. A Search for Enemies will shape our national debate over America's post-Cold War world role for years to come."
--Alan Tonelson, Economic Strategy Institute

"After so many shrill demands for 'visions,' 'crusades,' and not very discriminating activism, Ted Galen Carpenter's clear-eyed, unsentimental, and incisive case for selective engagement and clear priorities is badly needed."
--Owen Harries, Editor, The National Interest

"A Search for Enemies presents a comprehensive and persuasive case against the perservation of U.S. military alliances in the post-Cold War era."
--Eric A. Nordlinger, Brown University

"A brilliant, timely, common-sense solution to the dilemma the United States faces as it moves into a world without powerful enemies. Intensely interesting reading for everyone, including military planners."
--Adm. Gene R. La Rocque, Director, Center for Defense Information

"Ted Galen Carpenter's A Search for Enemies is a provocative critique of 'pactomania' in light of the end of the Cold War."
--Kenneth W. Thompson, University of Virginia