"Have American efforts to promote democracy and multilateralism been fatally tainted by the war of choice in Iraq? Has Wilsonianism become a poisoned chalice? In this provocative study, four leading scholars of international relations examine, with shrewd insight and passionate conviction, the benefits and perils of American global intervention in the name of its democratic principles."--Ronald Steel, University of Southern California
"Tightly argued and closely reasoned, this book is a searching and unflinching examination of the Wilsonian legacy and its influence on the Bush administration, raising questions that will haunt policymakers for years to come."--Walter Russell Mead, Council on Foreign Relations
"In this book, four leading authorities have their say on Wilson, who remains, however interpreted and contested, the father of modern American foreign policy. We are all Wilsonians, whether we like it or not, and the authors suggest what this means. The Crisis of American Foreign Policy is timely, insightful, and provocative, and will promote further discussion."--H. W. Brands, University of Texas, Austin
"The authors of this book make a lively, topical, and important contribution to the debate on the meaning and value of Wilsonianism. Whether the invasion and occupation of Iraq should be seen as a violation of the Wilsonian tradition of multilateralism, or an instance of liberal Wilsonian interventionism, is consequential for us all, including the opinion shapers who will confront similar challenges in the future."--Michael Doyle, Columbia University
In A Pact with the Devil Tony Smith deftly traces this undeniable drift in mainstream liberal thinking toward a more militant posture in world affairs with respect to human rights and democracy promotion. Beginning with the Wilsonian quest to ‘make the world safe for democracy’ right up to the present day liberal support for regime change, Smith isolates leading strands of liberal internationalist thinking in order to see how the ‘liberal hawks’ constructed them into a case for American and liberal imperialism in the Middle East. The result is a reflection on an important aspect of the intellectual history of American foreign policy; establishing how a sophisticated group of thinkers came to fashion their recommendations to Washington and working to see what role liberalism may still play in deliberations in the country on its role in world events now that the failure of these ambitions in Iraq seems clear.