The Sovereignty Wars

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The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World

The United States cannot successfully manage globalization on its own. As global integration deepens and cross-border challenges grow, the nation’s fate is increasingly tied to that of other countries, whose cooperation will be needed to exploit the shared opportunities and mitigate the common risks of interdependence. The Sovereignty Wars is intended to help today’s policymakers think more clearly about what is actually at stake in the sovereignty debate and to provide some criteria for determining when it is appropriate to make bargains over sovereignty—and how to make them.

Praise for The Sovereignty Wars

"A principal strength of the book is Patrick's explication of important conflicts between US domestic politics and foreign policy. Here the author has a sure touch for identifying especially important examples and evidence."

Arthur I. Cyr, International Affairs

"With lucidity and verve, Stewart Patrick shows how the right-wing fixation with alleged threats to U.S. sovereignty―from the UN, foreign courts, human rights organizations, and other demonic forces―has damaged rather than enhanced American power. I implore the nationalist crowd to overcome its resistance and read this book."

James Traub, columnist, Foreign Policy

"Stewart Patrick unpacks a complex subject in a short, clear book that could not be more timely. The stakes in the ‘sovereignty wars’ he describes are high and rising for the United States and the world."

Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America

"In this intelligent and beautifully written book, Stewart Patrick has brought into sharp focus the deep, tangled, and contested ideas of sovereignty that swirl beneath the surface in foreign policy debates about America’s role in the world. In illuminating the different meanings of sovereignty and the great historical struggles over them, The Sovereignty Wars provides the terms for new and enlightened thinking about America’s global engagement."

G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

"Stewart Patrick has written a perfect Guide to the Perplexed that helps sort through the muddled arguments being thrown about today regarding perceived threats to American sovereignty and shows how international engagement often enhances rather than limits U.S. influence."

Frank Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University