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Esire and ability to make things worse Kagan makes clear how the realist impulse to recognize our limitations and focus on our failures misunderstands the essential role America has played for decades in keeping the world's worst instability in check A true realism he argues is based on the understanding that the historical norm has always been toward chaos that the jungle will grow back if we let it. This essay was fascinating and really disected the outcome of WWII and the lasting world order since At times some parts seemed to be redundent but the flow made sense and kept me interested It s also interesting to me that most past presidents haven t necessarily been at either end of the spectrum Most have agreed to the same type of foreign policy and simply package it differently I think if we were all students of our own country and history as well as it s role in the world we would be willing to put aside petty politics and maintain our global status

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An incisive elegantly written new book about America's uniue role in the world Tom Friedman The New York Times A brilliant and visionary argument for America's role as an enforcer of peace and order throughout the world and what is likely to happen if we withdraw and focus our attention inwardRecent years have brought deeply disturbing developments around the globe American sentiment seems to be lean. Robert Kagan is among the most capable apologists for the US led liberal international order While the crimes and follies of the post WW2 order weigh heavily on our minds Vietnam Ira etc there are also genuine accomplishments that are less noticed by critics Kagan takes a long view of history to make the case that the last 70 years have in fact been the most peaceful and prosperous in human history He credits the liberal order with mostly keeping allies by persuasion rather than coercion unlike its former Warsaw Bloc adversary Were the US to withdraw from the world he argues it would fall back into pre 1945 patterns of behavior Those patterns including chronic great medium power conflict territorial irredentism authoritarianism as a norm and terrible things that we felt that we had left in a benighted pastCritics of American foreign policy myself included must take Kagan s arguments seriously Viewed in the context of history the achievements of the liberal order are indeed not so easy to dismiss This is why it continues to enjoy such powerful support both here and abroad My problem with Kagan is that he makes arguments at times dishonestly or at least myopically which undermines trust in the rest of his case In making his argument about Vladimir Putin as an unreconcilable wannabe Tsar he ignores that Putin actually supported NATO moves such as the 2011 No Fly Zone in Libya Later behavior such as the deposing of Gaddafi clearly embittered him because they appeared as a betrayal Perhaps if things had been handled better later disputes in Syria and Crimea may not have occurred Kagan doesn t even mention this possibility in making his case for Russia as a congenitally implacable foe His attempt to defend the Ira War as merely a good faith mistake is also predictably glib I feel that he is on solid ground describing China s regional great power ambitions But he also fails to consider how the behavior of foreign countries may also be motivated by genuine insecurity in the face of perceived threatsThere are many things we take for granted living in a liberal society Free speech assembly and conscience are almost like the air we breathe at this point Such a world is not the norm Authoritarianism may indeed be a natural human state as history strongly suggests Communism and liberalism ironically have a lot in common as children of the Enlightenment with Communism being the radical sibling With Communism s collapse the challenge to liberalism today comes from anti Enlightenment forces They would like to replace liberal freedoms with much older forms of authoritarian rule communal and spiritual From what we know such governments are often easily corrupted by lack of oversight as well as prone to war They do not have the fellow feeling that liberal societies do and freuently are at odds with one another There are old grudges to settle that go back hundreds of years stemming from the unchanging geography of the world This is the jungle that Kagan warns is growing back as the liberal order recedes I would take liberalism with all its flaws over authoritarianism I also do not relish a worldwide security vacuum where Japan and Germany feel compelled to arm themselves with nuclear weapons and the Baltic States and Southeast Asia are devoured by local hegemonic powers Such a world would inevitably draw the United States back into war as well Ideally it would be better if a third way that deprivileged the United States to some degree emerged However the Non Aligned Movement and Bandung Conference style politics of the past seem to have fizzled out There is no global liberationist movement ready to manage the international system at least not yet Today we have a choice between bad and ugly options We don t have the luxury of tossing out the bad in a spirit of moral outrageI suspect that Americans have a deeply held feeling that they do not really need a foreign policy The world is distant and messy separated from them by two wide oceans This solipsistic worldview is what leads to the election of people like Donald Trump who rebuked the idea of even having a coherent foreign policy It was also subtly expressed by Barack Obama and even the early years George W Bush both of whom seemed to view foreign policy as a headache to be managed Americans do need a foreign policy however The post WW2 order has been in some limited sense a vacation from history As the order falters we see history reawakening It already does not look pretty I share Kagan s pessimism about what the future could hold especially when looking at the broad scope of human history before 1945 I m not as sanguine about the status uo as we he is However I appreciate that unlike many other neoconservatives he has been sincere about democracy promotion even in places like Egypt where the governments voted into power have not been to American taste He is a genuine believer in Enlightenment universalism not an opportunistic oneA short and extremely relevant book about the most important issues of world order playing out today You do not have to accept Kagan s case to understand the gravity of what he is arguing

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Ing increasingly toward withdrawal in the face of such disarray In this powerful urgent essay Robert Kagan elucidates the reasons why American withdrawal would be the worst possible response based as it is on a fundamental and dangerous misreading of the world Like a jungle that keeps growing back after being cut down the world has always been full of dangerous actors who left unchecked possess the d. If nothing in Kagan s book surprises or terrifies you then you ve been unhappy for a long timeThe Jungle Grows Back teaches and motivates without consoling anyone who believes in any version of world peace It is bad news all around and Kagan bluntly says that all of us who want a stable world order have to step up and start actually doing something to keep our children and our grandchildren out of harm s way The past seven plus decades of relatively free trade growing respect for individual rights and relatively peaceful cooperation among nations the core elements of the liberal world order have been a great historical aberration Kagan says that fearful competitive militaristic geopolitical competition among nations is stoked by regrettable elements of human nature and that the deadly conflicts that have characterized all of modern human history are the default conditions of mankind s dominion all over the worldThe Jungle Grows Back explains how the United States with uniue economic and geographic strengths imposed and nurtured the relatively peaceful world order that has existed during the lifetimes of almost all of usFor some years America has been withdrawing from its leadership role around the globe Weaker nations are starting to revert to the combative competitive multipolar power struggles that they practiced for centuriesIf American continues to pull back our world will become dangerousRegardless of all the bad things that go on in the world we enjoy the relative comforts and security of a world without world war Kagan writes the bald truth in a blast this world order is as precarious as it is precious It is a garden that needs constant tending lest the jungle grow back and engulf us all Read of my book reviews and poems herewwwrichardsubbercom


10 thoughts on “The Jungle Grows Back

  1. says:

    Robert Kagan is among the most capable apologists for the US led liberal international order While the crimes and follies of the post WW2 order weigh heavily on our minds Vietnam Ira etc there are also genuine accomplishments that are less noticed by critics Kagan takes a long view of history to make the case t

  2. says:

    This book is like one of those pharmaceutical commercials you see that portrays the happy healthy life circumstances of people because they take Brand X pill to treat whatever condition afflicts them and that would otherwise lay them low Meanwhile the calming voice of a narrator ticks off all the possible side effects fro

  3. says:

    In this essay Kagan prosecuted his case with such aplomb that if you have a marginal understanding of geopolitics you might wonder why his position is not the default position The problem or lets say disagreement comes when you have a prior positionI agree with Kagan that America has a big role to play in the global stage but I di

  4. says:

    If nothing in Kagan’s book surprises or terrifies you then you’ve been unhappy for a long timeThe Jungle Grows Back teaches and motivates without consoling anyone who believes in any version of “world peace” It is bad news all around and Kagan bluntly says that all of us who want a stable world order have to step

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    the piece Canada’s instinct is to redouble its commitment to old principles rather than to adopt new ones It remains a vocal defender of human rights which pleases idealists but annoys despots Ms Freeland says that one of her favourite new books is Robert Kagan’s “The Jungle Grows Back America and our Imperilled World” a gift from Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas It argues that jungle like chao

  6. says:

    A journalistic writing without methodological framework in defence of the current liberal world order

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    An extended essay in which Kagan passionately argues that America must continue in its role as the world's policeman After WW II American economic military and political power secured a liberal world order In Wes

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    Kagan is predictable in his likes dislikes and beliefs He speaks and believes in absolutes and absolutely believes that what he believes is the only logical thing for anyone not foolish to believe He is a believer in the absolute right of capitalism as the best and truest form of government Like most conservatives of his flavor he can't see the forest for the trees He wrote an entire book about the political aspects of war foreign policy an

  9. says:

    This essay was fascinating and really disected the outcome of WWII and the lasting world order since At times some parts seemed to be redundent but the flow made sense and kept me interested It's also interesting to me that most past presidents haven't necessarily been at either end of the spectrum Most have agreed to the same type of foreign policy and simply package it differently I think if we were all students of our own country and

  10. says:

    This is one of that books that I love because it makes me really wonder if maybe a bunch of things I believe are ill founded while bolstering a strain of thought that I think I've secretly harbored for a long time But I also think the book leaves out a lot Sure a unipolar world a US led liberal order is safer and stable for many or at least f