"This book of essays explores the theoretical, historical, and foreign policy implications of American power and postwar order. Written over the last decade and a half, these scholarly and policy essays form a sort of "intellectual arc" of inquiry. In this unique study of a superpower, Ikenberry argues that though the American world order is now in upheaval, in the end, the United States still has a powerful incentive to sponsor and operate within a liberal rules-based system."--Jacket
Includes bibliographical references and index
Rethinking the origins of American hegemony -- Socialization and hegemonic power -- The nature and sources of liberal international order -- Constitutional politics in international relations -- American power and the empire of capitalist democracy -- The myth of post-cold war chaos -- Getting hegemony right -- American grand strategy in the age of terror -- America's imperial ambition -- The end of the neo-conservative moment -- Is American multilateralism in decline?