In 1784 Benjamin Franklin advocated choosing the industrious, home-loving wild turkey rather than the thieving, wide-ranging bald eagle as the symbol of the United States. Franklin lost that debate, and since then advocates of cooperation as America's global role have been similarly losing their struggle with advocates of U.S. domination.
The author recounts that struggle, with particular emphasis on the past 30 years, which he spent working in and around Congress with groups opposed to U.S. support for repressive yet "friendly" regimes. He then proposes electoral reforms and a revolution in Americans' attitudes that would place our values rather than corporate and strategic interests at the core of our global purpose.
About the Author
For 40 years Dr. Caleb Stewart Rossiter has been an advocate for a US policy of cooperation rather than domination toward formerly colonized countries.
An activist against the Vietnam War in his teens, he earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University with a dissertation analyzing the decision-making process of the US foreign aid bureaucracy in Southern Africa during efforts to settle the civil war in Rhodesia.
He moved to Washington, DC, in 1980 to work for the Center for International Policy, the congressional Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, and Demilitarization for Democracy on such causes as ending US-backed wars in Central America, the anti-apartheid act, the "no arms for dictators" arms trade code of conduct, and the campaign to ban anti-personnel landmines. He has also been a professor at Cornell University and American University, teaching courses on African history and politics, US policy toward Africa, the US military budget, and the use of statistics in international affairs such as climate and economic modeling. From 2007 to 2009 he served as counselor to the chairman of a subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he was involved in planning and holding hearings, drafting and pursuing legislation, and writing reports and speeches on topics such as the impact on US interests of the decline in America’s reputation, US undergraduate scholarships for low-income foreign students, US relations with non-democratic countries in Africa, the US-Iraq security agreement, torture and extra-legal rendition, and congressional authority to approve combat. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of International Affairs at American University and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
In addition to dozens of articles in newspapers such as The Washington Post and journals such as the SAIS Review, Prof. Rossiter has authored or co-authored several major reports on foreign policy, arms control, and democracy.
Dr. Rossiter published two books prior to this one, on the purposes and uses of American foreign aid in Africa, and on the citizens’ movement against the Vietnam War. His books and articles can be found at www.calebrossiter.com.
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BISAC: POL000000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
BISAC: POL007000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Democracy
BISAC: HIS036060 HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
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