SOURCE: New York Times
by Samuel Moyn
The adoption of rhetoric of "humane war" after Vietnam has allowed discussions of how to wage war to sideline discussions of whether to wage war at all, and encourages secrecy, surveillance, and long-term engagement.
SOURCE: New Statesman
by Adam Tooze
The dominant position of American financial interests and the still-escalating Pentagon budget, focusing on technological dominance over China, mean that it's too soon to celebrate the end of American interventionism abroad.
SOURCE: Project Syndicate
Since September 11, has the idea of America as an "indispensable nation" for the cause of liberty, democracy and peace done more harm than good? Historian Stephen Wertheim discusses foreign policy with Elmira Bayrasli.
by Patterson Deppen
Despite the withdrawal from Afghanistan, there are still 750 US military bases around the world, showing that America's "forever wars" may only be briefly paused.
SOURCE: Public Books
Historian Samuel Zipp reviews two new books by Nancy Cott and Stephen Wertheim that examine how the United States came to embrace, and perhaps become stuck with, a role as the world's policeman.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Samuel Moyn
Will Joe Biden's shift in tone from Trump's belligerence paper over many continuities in 21st-century American empire?
SOURCE: London Review of Books
by Thomas Meaney
Two new books articulate a critique from a conservative perspective of American military intervention abroad.
SOURCE: Boston Review
by Sam Lebovic
A review of Stephen Wertheim's "Tomorrow, The World" concludes the new book shows how American military supremacy moved in a generation from a novel idea to embedded common sense, and demands rethinking the resources spent to maintain it.
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