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US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion: From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama (Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy) Paperback – May 24, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0415679800 ISBN-10: 041567980X Edition: 1st

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US Foreign Policy And Democracy Promotion revises our understanding of the origins of this great American preoccupation--think Teddy Roosevelt, not Woodrow Wilson--and recasts conventional wisdom on figures like Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. It's an indispensable addition to the literature on democracy promotion.

James Traub, author of The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not the Way George Bush Did), Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

For the past century, democracy promotion has been an important aspect of American foreign policy. This excellent volume shows how specific presidents from Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush and Barack Obama have wrestled with this often hotly contested issue. It will be a vital edition for anyone interested in American foreign policy.

Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University and author of The Future of Power.

An extremely refreshing perspective on a subject of long-standing concern… American democracy promotion strategies. With a dazzling array of leading scholars from across the disciplines…. this volume does something that so many others have failed to: place at the centre of its analysis of US foreign policy the holder of the world's most powerful office: the President of the United States….. strongly recommended.

Professor Inderjeet Parmar, Chair, British International Studies Association and City University London

A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of U.S. democracy promotion, but I am aware of no other study that tackles it as Cox, Bouchet and Lynch have done here: by deploying a top notch posse of scholars to examine the phenomenon from the perspective of every American president from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama. Framed brilliantly by Tony Smith’s sweeping theoretical and historical introduction, the subsequent chapters yield many novel insights, from TR’s surprising contributions to American democracy promotion to Obama’s curious ambivalence. This excellent collection proves how much can be learned about an important phenomenon simply by examining how leaders have grappled with it in a variety of challenging contexts.

William C. Wohlforth, Daniel Webster Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, USA.

Democracy promotion as an instrument of US foreign policy is a topic which has generated a prolific literature. But this collection is unique. First because it takes the subject from its historical roots and covers a huge period of time starting with Theodore Roosevelt and finishing with Barack Obama. Secondly, because it insists on something which is quite rare in the whole literature: the practicalities of democracy promotion and not simply its discourse. Democracy promotion on the ground is at the core of this original endeavour. The result is impressive. It gives a very illuminating interpretation on the continuity of us foreign policy in this domain and confirm the persistent obstacles it faces in spite of some non negligible achievements, when US interests and values match local expectations. A must read book for students and scholars interested in us foreign policy and more generally on the interaction between values and interests, between principles drawn in Washington and stubborn realities on the ground.

Zaki Laïdi, Director of Research, Sciences PO, France.

This is an impressive and valuable book. Instead of the usual polemics about the United States as paragon or hypocrite, this book provides solid analysis of the scope and limits of U.S. democracy promotion. It does so with both historical sweep and contemporary focus, and lines of argument significant for both the scholarly and policy communities. And it holds together well, much more effectively integrated than edited volumes often are.

Bruce W. Jentleson, Duke University, USA.

A comprehensive and critical assessment of the complex relationship between American foreign policy and the promotion of democracy around the world. These prominent contributors examine the role of U.S. presidents in promoting democracy, as well as conceptual and institutional questions. A must reading for students, scholars, and policymakers interested in understanding the making of American foreign in the last seven decades and the role of the liberal idea in advancing world order.

Fawaz A. Gerges, Professor of International Relations and director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and author of "Obama and the Middle East: The End of America’s Moment?".

This edited volume offered some interesting insights into US foreign policy that are not often addressed, especially comparatively.

Joype P.Kaufman, Whittier College, USA

About the Author

Michael E. Cox is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is Co-Director of LSE IDEAS. He is co-editor of the London School of Economics CWSC journal, Cold War History.

Timothy J. Lynch is Senior Lecturer in American Politics at the University of Melbourne.

Nicolas Bouchet is Deputy Editor for Research, Chatham House.

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Associate Professor Timothy J. Lynch is the Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

He is the author of Turf War: The Clinton Administration and Northern Ireland (Ashgate, 2004) and co-author of After Bush: The Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (Cambridge, 2008), a winner of the Richard Neustadt Book Prize and one of the biggest selling international security texts of 2008. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the new Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History and author of the forthcoming Cambridge Essential History of post-Cold War US Foreign Policy.

At Melbourne, Tim teaches two popular electives on the Master of International Relations (Great Power Rivalry and US Foreign Policy) and a level-three subject on American Politics. A regular commentator for Sky News and ABC TV and radio in Australia, the BBC and Al Jazeera in the UK, and C-SPAN and NPR in the US, his editorials have appeared in the Age, the Guardian, the Herald Sun, and the Wall Street Journal.

A Fulbright scholar, he holds a PhD in political science from Boston College, Massachusetts. He is native to Leicestershire, England, and moved to Australia in 2011

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