Accession Number:

ADA485551

Title:

Rogue America: Benevolent Hegemon or Occupying Tyrant?

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

57.0

Abstract:

This monograph explores the question of whether there is a trend toward global perception of the United States as a rogue state. Research revealed a rogue state is one that is isolated, dedicated to the rule of force, oppresses its people, disregards international law, and most of all threatens regional or international security. Based on this working definition, Americas foreign policy history does not support characterization as a rogue state, though its dominant military and some imperialist history are exploited in rogue-America rhetoric. This has led to two trends in rogue-America perception one toward isolation from other participants in the current world order and the other of emerging powers exploiting rogue America rhetoric to advance their own ambitions of regional power. Were the United States to be isolated from the world order as a rogue state, global economic and security shocks would result. While there is a trend toward an overly militaristic American foreign policy, this is due more to the American militarys responsiveness and capacity to accomplish non-military activities than a rogue state strategy dedicated to the rule of force. However, American strategic communications have been ineffectual in articulating this distinction, overcoming the stigma associated with militaries as instruments of oppression, and in conveying to the world a concise, sustained and positive message of its National strategy. The role of the military in United States foreign policy expanded after World War II. As an instrument capable of quick action, the American military was increasingly called upon to execute missions other than conventional war as a primary means of demonstrating National resolve. The United States government became more reliant on military options as the military expanded its readiness to accomplish the myriad new missions it was called upo

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE