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In Defense of the Bush Doctrine$
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Robert G. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124346

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124346.001.0001

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Beyond the War on Terror

Beyond the War on Terror

(p.143) Conclusion Beyond the War on Terror
In Defense of the Bush Doctrine

Robert G. Kaufman

University Press of Kentucky

Despite some serious differences, the US has managed to maintain good relations with Russia. Nevertheless, the US must remain wary of the growing antidemocratic trend in Russia over the past five years, including the moves to consolidate the country's energy industry under state control. The US also must increase its presence in East Asia, particularly in China, where there is unprecedented economic growth and military buildup. Promoting trade relations with China could prove beneficial to the US as this could strengthen China's private sector and temper its aspiration to become the dominant power in the Western Pacific. Combining this with containment or deterrence would be in line with the principles of moral democratic realism. Meanwhile, the war on terror failed to dampen US relations with Japan and India, which shares with the US its concern over China's attempt to dominate East Asia and its goal of defeating radical Islam.

Keywords:   international relations, American foreign policy, moral democratic realism, Russia, China, Japan, India

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