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Questioning The Resort To U.S. Hegemonic Military Force

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Americas military hegemony is reflected in its superior warfare technologies and its network of military bases across the globe served by its large, highly trained, professional armed forces. This chapter discusses the global security costs of U.S. military hegemony. These include destabilization of international relations due to a (until very recently) growing interventionist disposition among the American public and its leadership, proliferation of nuclear weapons, the spread of asymmetric warfare, and a weakening of general compliance to international norms and law. The chapter then addresses some interpretive problems concerning the principle of proportionality. Finally, it outlines an alternative to U.S. military hegemony that would eliminate the global security costs of its resort to force.

Keywords: asymmetric warfare; global security cost; principle of proportionality; U.S. military hegemony



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