This chapter offers an exegesis of the US foreign policy narrative nested in the political thought of the German jurist Carl Schmitt. According to Schmitt, Thomas Hobbes's poor 'mythological sense' had led him to choose a sea monster over the terrestrial monster Behemoth to capture the symbolic essence of his treatise on the sovereign territorial state. Schmitt's concept of Großraume refers to the geographical delimitation of a state's special 'sphere of interests', or 'zone of security', extending way beyond its legal territorial borders. In his 1941 book Volkerrechtliche Großraumordnung, Schmitt controversially argues that 'the 1823 Monroe Doctrine was in the recent history of international law the first and to date most successful example of a regional international law. Schmitt's Nomos was largely ignored in the Anglo-Saxon world during the entire duration of the Cold War.
The middle months of 2016 in the North Atlantic world offered a distinctly depressing constellation. This book offers a nuanced and multifaceted collection of essays covering a wide range of concerns, concepts, presidential doctrines, and rationalities of government thought to have marked America's engagement with the world during this period. The spate of killings of African Americans raised acute issues about the very parameters of citizenship that predated the era of Civil Rights and revived views on race associated with the pre- Civil War republic. The book analyses an account of world politics that gives ontological priority to 'race' and assigns the state a secondary or subordinate function. Andrew Carnegie set out to explain the massive burst in productivity in the United States between 1830 and 1880, and in so doing to demonstrate the intrinsic superiority of republicanism. He called for the abolition of hereditary privilege and a written constitution. The book also offers an exegesis of the US foreign policy narrative nested in the political thought of the German jurist Carl Schmitt. Understanding the nature of this realist exceptionalism properly means rethinking the relationship between realism and liberalism. The book revisits Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order, which reviews the intellectual and policy environment of the immediate post- Cold War years. Finally, it discusses Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, best known for his hawkish service to the George W. Bush administration, and his strong push for the invasion and occupation of Iraq.