American Power After The Berlin Wall traces the global projection of U.S. military power and political influence from the end of the Cold War to the present. Along with summarizing the Soviet Union’s disintegration, it narrates the ascendancy and reach of Washington’s global power in a string of conflicts from the Persian Gulf War to Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and the Iraq War. The book vividly portrays U.S. policies of intervention, regime change, and even humanitarian assistance as responses to rogue states, civil strife, and militant Islam. It analyzes the transformation from Washington’s stability-first policies to its democracy promotion agenda in the Middle East, which threatens this crucial region with instability, necessitating a new grand strategy to confront terrorism and religiously motivated conflict.
Thomas Henriksen is a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the U.S. Joint Special Operations University. He is also a Trustee of the George C. Marshall Foundation. He specializes in U.S. foreign policy, defense issues, and counter-terrorism. He has written and lectured widely on international affairs, political change, and “rogue states.” He has authored or edited twelve books or monographs and numerous articles.
“This informative review of post-Cold War foreign policies provides and stimulates thoughtful reflections on strategy and tactics for the future. Well written and rewarding”–George P. Shultz
“Thomas Henriksen has written a remarkably comprehensive detailed and critical survey of America’s interventions across the globe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is an invaluable addition to the literature on American foreign policy and international relations more generally.”
–Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford, Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
“Thomas Henriksen has written a cogent account of the logic of American power after the Cold War, showing that there was greater continuity than many would suspect between policies in the 1990s and in the Bush administration. It raises important questions about the uses of American power in the very different world we face today.”
–Francis Fukuyama author of America at the Crossroads
“Such is our preoccupation with Iraq, that we are tempted to forget just how many times the United States has intervened in the affairs of far-away countries since the end of the Cold War. In this ambitious narrative of American foreign policy since 1989, Thomas Henriksen traces the transformation of both the theory and the practice of ‘regime change’. Unfashionably, but compellingly, he shows that the successes outweigh the failures–and that the worst failures may still be those failed states, like Rwanda, which the United States elected not to intervene in. This is the best kind of contemporary history–a book that reads like a publication from the future.”
–Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University, and author of Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire
“A fascinating and revealing account of American post-Cold War interventionist policies. Henriksen’s work provides a solid foundation upon which a highly effective new grand strategy for dealing with the elusive threat of terrorism can be constructed.”
–David M. Abshire, former NATO Ambassador and President, Center for the Study of the Presidency
“A rich narrative history of the use (and nonuse) of American military power in the nearly two decades following the fall of the Berlin Wall in late 1989. Henriksen takes the reader on a detailed journey…He deals courageously with some of the more controversial aspects of U.S. interventions during the period.”–Clark Capshaw, Joint Force Quarterly
End of the Berlin Wall and the American Colossus * Intervention and Democracy in Central America * The Persian Gulf War * Globalization, Somalia, Rwanda and Haiti * Bosnia: War and Intervention * Kosovo: Round Two in the Balkans * Containing North Korea, Iraq, and Terrorism * Attacking Afghanistan * Iraq: War and Occupation * Stability and Security Through Democracy?