America's global influence

Book - 2012

Presents essays with opposing viewpoints on how America has used its influence to achieve a global position through a mix of hard power and soft power.

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Opposing viewpoints series.
Detroit : Greenhaven Press c2012.
Physical Description
238 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other Authors
Noël Merino (-)
  • Chapter 1. What are some criticisms of America's global influence?
  • 1. The George W. Bush administration caused a decline in America's reputation worldwide / John Shattuck
  • 2. The Barack Obama administration has improved America's reputation worldwide / Pew Research Center
  • 3. Belief in American exceptionalism should be conserved and celebrated / Richard Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru
  • 4. Belief in American exceptionalism is naïve and dangerous / Damon Linker
  • 5. American leadership in the world should involve partnership / Bruce Jones, Carlos Pascual, and Stephen John Stedman
  • 6. America should not share sovereignty with other nations / John Bolton
  • Chapter 2. Is US military intervention around the globe good for America?
  • 1. US military power must be maintained for current and future interventions / Robert Kagan
  • 2. US military power should be restrained and interventions avoided / Harvey M. Sapolsky ... [et al.]
  • 3. Success in the Afghanistan war is necessary to protect America's reputation / Peter Brookes
  • 4. Continuing the war in Afghanistan will harm America's reputation / Doug Bandow
  • 5. The United States should promote democracy to remain powerful / John M. Owen IV
  • 6. The United States should not promote democracy in the Islamic world / Andrew C. McCarthy
  • Chapter 3. Are current US economic policies a good use of America's global influence?
  • 1. Economic sanctions on Iran are effective and should be increased / James Phillips
  • 2. Economic sanctions on Iran are ineffective and should be decreased / Joy Gordon
  • 3. US foreign aid does more harm than good / Ian Vasquez
  • 4. US foreign aid is effective and should not be cut / Laurie A. Garrett
  • Chapter 4. What is the global impact of American culture?
  • 1. American culture is no longer the dominant culture in the world / Richard Pells
  • 2. The widespread export of American culture leads to anti-Americanism / The Economist
  • 3. The existence of a uniform global material culture masks differences / Luis Martinez-Fernandez
  • 4. The export of American culture is increasingly harming America's reputation / Mortimer B. Zuckerman
  • 5. America could improve its image by exporting finer cultural entertainment / Martha Bayles.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

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