- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Expected online publication date: November 2019
- Print publication year: 2019
- Online ISBN: 9781139027120
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This book offers a bold re-interpretation of the prevailing narrative that US foreign policy after the Cold War was a failure. In chapters that retell and re-argue the key episodes of the post-Cold War years, Lynch argues that the Cold War cast a shadow on the presidents that came after it and that success came more from adapting to that shadow than in attempts to escape it. When strategic lessons of the Cold War were applied, presidents fared better; when they were forgotten, they fared worse. This book tells the story not of a revolution in American foreign policy but of its essentially continuous character from one era to the next. While there were many setbacks between the fall of Soviet communism and the opening years of the Trump administration, from Rwanda to 9/11 and Iraq to Syria, Lynch demonstrates that the US remained the world's dominant power.
Melvyn P. Leffler - University of Virginia
Robert J. Lieber - Georgetown University and author of Retreat and Its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order
Michael Mandelbaum - author of The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth
James Goldgeier - American University