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Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Content

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Acknowledgments

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p. vii

While the views presented in this book are my own, I am grateful to many people who helped me in the writing of it. A set of conferences at Princeton University in 2008–9 on the subject of conservatism and U.S. foreign policy, attended by a number of distinguished foreign policy experts, helped sharpen my ideas. Special thanks to the conference coorganizers, Aaron Friedberg and Jakub Grygiel, for exchanging views with me, reading pieces I sent them, and contributing to my understanding of the subject. Thanks...

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Introduction: Conservative Traditions in U.S. Foreign Policy

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pp. 1-10

Where is the Republican Party headed politically and ideologically? Should it become more strictly conservative or less so? Th ese questions have interested observers and animated conservatives in particular since the Republican electoral defeats of 2006 and 2008. Heated debates continue as to how far the Republican Party should adjust and adapt, in terms of either style or substance, to recover national political success. Reformers such as David Brooks and David Frum urge Republicans to modernize, strike a new...

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Chapter One: Republicans, Conservatives, and U.S. Foreign Policy

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pp. 11-38

Republicans entered the twentieth century, somewhat to their own surprise, as the party of American expansionism overseas. For most of the late nineteenth century, there had been no fundamental diff erences between Democrats and Republicans on issues of international expansion or military intervention. On the contrary, both parties embraced the Monroe Doctrine, strategic nonentanglement, economic opportunities abroad, and consensual...

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Chapter Two: Robert TaftTh e Conservative as Anti- Interventionist

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pp. 39-84

To this day, Senator Robert Taft (R- OH) embodies for admirers and detractors alike a foreign policy stance of conservative anti- interventionism. From the late 1930s through the early 1950s, Taft argued quite consistently that endless military entanglements abroad would endanger American traditions of limited government. He represented with integrity a distinct type of midcentury...

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Chapter Three: Dwight EisenhowerTh e Conservative as Balancer

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pp. 85-116

Dwight Eisenhower was one of the most impressive and successful foreign policy presidents of the twentieth century. He ran for the Republican nomination in 1952 as a special favorite of GOP moderates and internationalists, but soon gathered broad national support as a figure of exceptional appeal. Eisenhower’s overarching foreign policy goal was to contain communism and preserve America’s world role without bankrupting the United States..

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Chapter Four: Barry GoldwaterTh e Conservative as Hawk

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pp. 117-141

Senator Barry Goldwater never became president of the United States, but he had more of an impact on American political alignments over the long run than some presidents. Th is impact extended to foreign policy issues. During the 1960s, Goldwater called for an assertive foreign policy of worldwide anti- Communist rollback. He rejected arguments for containment, peaceful coexistence, arms control, or diplomatic engagement with the Soviet

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Chapter Five: Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger

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pp. 142-188

The Nixon- Kissinger foreign policy team of 1969 to 1974 epitomizes Republican foreign policy realism. Richard Nixon was a thoroughgoing political pragmatist with an instinctive dislike of liberal elites, a readiness to embrace government activism on economic matters, and a penchant for bold, innovative departures in international affairs. Henry Kissinger was a brilliant...

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Chapter Six: Ronald Reagan

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pp. 189-231

Ronald Reagan is the central conservative Republican leader of the past seventy years. He redefi ned the image of the American right and catalyzed conservative predominance in the GOP, leaving that party stronger and more coherent than at any time since the 1920s. In relation to party politics, he took the Goldwater coalition of Sun Belt conservatives and expand...

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Chapter Seven: George H. W. BushTh e Conservative as Realist

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pp. 232-264

As president, George H. W. Bush was temperamentally rather than ideologically conservative. He emphasized caution, stability, and prudence in international as well as domestic public matters. On foreign policy, Bush was oft en criticized for supposed timidity. In reality, however, he guided American diplomacy with considerable strength, skill, and success through a period..

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Chapter Eight: George W. BushTh e Nationalist as Interventionist

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pp. 265-289

President George W. Bush followed a path of “big government conservatism” both at home and abroad. He presided over major increases in domestic social spending, as well as a sweepingly ambitious attempt to democratize the Middle East. Neither of these legacies would necessarily have been predictable from his 2000 presidential campaign, which emphasized conservatism at...

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Conclusion: Republicans and U.S. Foreign Policy in theAge of Obama

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pp. 290-322

Th e evolution of Republican foreign policy since the 1930s is commonly misunderstood. The traditional storyline is that of a progress from isolationism to internationalism, but as we saw, this is not especially helpful analytically, and it begs more questions than it answers. Prior to World War II, even Republicans like Robert Taft did not call for the strict isolation of the United States from world affairs, any more than later Republicans embraced every form...

Notes

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pp. 323-358

Index

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pp. 359-386