THE NEW AMERICAN
CONSEQUENCES FOR THE U.S. AND FOR THE WORLD
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Read about Professor TREMBLAY'S coming book:
"The New American Empire"
is now available in Turkish under the title
Internationally-renowned economist RODRIGUE TREMBLAY has published a book that analyses the causes and consequences of the political shift taking place presently in the United States. He believes it is of the utmost importance for Americans to adopt a global approach and to understand what is behind the current U.S. foreign policy.
In his book, available in the U.S., in Canada, in the U.K., in Japan and in France (L'Harmattan), and now in Turkey (Nova Publishing, Ankara), Dr. TREMBLAY discusses, from an international viewpoint, the reasons for the U.S.-led war in Iraq and why the United States now feels compelled to repudiate sixty years of multilateral cooperation in favor of a supremacist and unilateral approach to world affairs.
The author critically explains the fundamental shift that foreign and domestic policies have taken under George W. Bush, since September 11, 2001. In a clear and direct style, he deplores the direction taken by the Bush administration, behaving as a 19th Century empire, disregarding existing international law and ignoring the multilateral institutions which have been created since World War II. Professor TREMBLAY adopts the humanist approach to analyse the morality of empires and of wars. In particular, he singles out religion as one factor in the decision to engage in wars of aggression.
His greatest fear is to see the long and uninterrupted march—since 1945—towards multilateral international cooperation and world economic interdependence, being replaced by unilateral imperial initiatives, accompanied by a widespread suspicion of the United States, as many countries refuse to accept an overt American hegemony.
Dr. Tremblay observes that at the beginning of this century, the United States finds itself in the same position as Great Britain was at the beginning of the 19th Century, after its 1815 victory at Waterloo, with no competing power capable of preventing it from imposing its imperial hegemony. Thus, the true question according to him is not whether the U.S. can build a new world empire—it can—but whether it should.
Should a great democratic republic become an empire without ceasing being democratic? That is the question he attempts to answer in his provocating book.
Rodrigue TREMBLAY believes that, sooner or later, the American people will have to decide whether they want a president or an emperor: they are incompatible. A country cannot simultaneously be a democracy and an empire. One requires a decentralization of power; the other, a concentration of power in a supreme monarch. These two philosophies are competing presently in the U.S. political arena. On the one side, there is the supremacist neo-conservative movement, presently in power in Washington, within the Bush administration. Its adherents firmly believe that the use of military power and the subjugation of foreign populations is the safest way to ensure the security of the United States and the world. It is a philosophy fraught with unilateralism and a disrespect of other countries and of international law. On the other side, there is the traditional American commitment to the ideals of democracy, of international law and of multilateral international cooperation, and a rejection of imperialism and colonialism as an international political order. This is a political philosophy that encompasses the democratic ideals of Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington...., and which traces its roots deep into the writings of the Founding Fathers of the republic and to the U.S. Constitution.
Besides attempting to focus a critical light on the new international geopolitical situation against the backdrop of the war in Iraq, the book embraces the larger perspective of the evolution of Western civilization over the last five and a half centuries, that is, since the fall of Constantinople in 1453.
The book also considers such topics as "Religion and politics" (pp 51-56);- "The ideological foundation of the new U.S. imperial doctrine" (pp 85-86);- Parallels between "Iraq and Kosovo" (pp 167-172);- "The Just War Theory" (pp 178-182);- "Bush and international law" (pp 174-177);- "The Project for the New American Century" and the neo-conservative agenda (pp 189-194);- "Parallel between the Bush Doctrine and the (1968) Brezhnev Doctrine (pp 211-215); - "Leaders against war" (pp 239-243);- "The 600-year megacycle of empires" (pp 329-330);- "Religion and Western civilization" (pp 330-333) ...etc.
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