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Louis F. Cooper

Roundtable: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Left (Chapter 1)

Reflections on U.S. Foreign Policy by Louis F. Cooper Louis F. Cooper received his Ph.D. in international relations from American University. He has contributed book reviews to New Politics, International Studies Review, and other journals. Prologue Perry Anderson calls the period from the early republic to Pearl Harbor “the pre-history of the American empire” (‘Imperium’, p.11). Foreign policy in this era oscillated between a hemisphere-oriented relative isolationism and “a messianic activism” (p.8). With World War II and the postwar settlement, “hemispheric separatism” and “redemptive interventionism” began “to fuse into a durable synthesis” (p.20). The synthesis reached fruition during the Cold Read more