The Use of American Military Force in the Post-Cold War World

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Questions of when, where, and how the United States should use military force abroad dominated foreign policy discussions during the Cold War and promise to do the same in its aftermath. Richard N. Haass traces the evolution of this critical debate, taking into account the impact of new technologies, new states, new weapons, and new thinking about new sovereignty and intervention. He assesses where the United States should be prepared to use force in the future, what it might entail, and what would constitute a proper division of labor between the United States, regional organizations, and the United Nations.