Taming American Power by Stephen M. Walt
The Global Response to U.S. Primacy

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But he does bring out just how damaging the results of Israeli influence have been, both in terms of direct harm to American interests and in creating Muslim perceptions of American bias, hostility and hypocrisy...For raising this vital issue, on which so many others are silent, Walt deserves special thanks.
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How firm is America's grasp on global supremacy?

The United States currently wields unprecedented global power. Americans often assume that their global role is benevolent and their dominant position unchallenged, but other states are increasingly worried about U.S. dominance and are beginning to turn their concerns into action.

In this elegant and provocative new book, Kennedy School professor and renowned scholar Stephen M. Walt analyzes the different strategies that states employ to counter U.S. power or to harness it for their own ends. These responses threaten America's ability to achieve its foreign policy goals and may eventually undermine its dominant position. To prevent this, Walt argues, the United States must adopt a foreign policy that other states welcome, rather than one that reinforces their fear of American power.
 

About Stephen M. Walt

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Stephen M. Walt is the academic dean and the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
 
Published September 19, 2005 by W. W. Norton. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Anatol Lieven on Sep 04 2018

But he does bring out just how damaging the results of Israeli influence have been, both in terms of direct harm to American interests and in creating Muslim perceptions of American bias, hostility and hypocrisy...For raising this vital issue, on which so many others are silent, Walt deserves special thanks.

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