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- DescriptionLiberal democracies such as the United States face an acute dilemma in the conduct of foreign relations. Many states around the world are repressive or corrupt to varying degrees. Unfortunately, American national interests require cooperation with such regimes from time to time. To defeat Nazi Germany during World War II, the United States even allied with the Soviet Union, despite the barbarity of Josef Stalin s regime. But such partnerships have the inherent danger of compromising, or even making a mockery of, America s values of democratic governance, civil liberties, and free markets. Close working relationships with autocratic regimes, therefore, should t be undertaken lightly. U.S. officials have had a less than stellar record of grappling with that ethical dilemma. Especially during the Cold War, policymakers were casual about sacrificing important values for less-than-compelling strategic rationales. Since the 9-11 attacks, similar ethical compromises have taken place, although policymakers w seem more selective than their Cold War-era counterparts. In Perilous Partners, authors Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Incent provide a strategy for resolving the ethical dilemmas between interests and values faced by Washington. They propose maintaining an arm s length relationship with authoritarian regimes, emphasizing that the United States must t operate internationally in ways that routinely pollute American values. This book creates a strategy for conducting an effective U.S. foreign policy without betraying fundamental American values.
- Author BiographyTed Galen Carpenter is senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of 18 books and the editor of 10 on international affairs, including The Fire Next Door: Mexico s Drug Violence and the Danger to America; Smart Power: Toward a Prudent Foreign Policy for America; and Korean Conundrum: America s Troubled Relations with North and South Korea. Malou Innocent is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. She was a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute from 2007 to 2013. She is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and her primary research interests include Middle East and Persian Gulf security issues and U.S. foreign policy toward Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China.
- Author(s)Ted Galen Carpenter
- PublisherCato Institute
- Date of Publication07/09/2015
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCato Institute
- Content Noteblack & white halftones
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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