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America's MissionThe United States and the Worldwide Struggle for Democracy$
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Tony Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154923

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154923.001.0001

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FDR and World Order: Globalizing the Monroe Doctrine

FDR and World Order: Globalizing the Monroe Doctrine

(p.113) Chapter Five FDR and World Order: Globalizing the Monroe Doctrine
America's Mission

Tony Smith

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines Franklin D. Roosevelt's liberal democratic internationalism and his efforts to assure American national security by constructing a stable world order based on the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, which the United States sought to globalize in the aftermath of the Axis defeat in World War II. It first considers how FDR infused American liberalism with a healthy dose of realism about the appropriateness of democracy for other countries in the aftermath of World War II before discussing anti-imperialism as a component of American foreign policy. It also explores the United States's promotion of democracy and pursuit of a liberal world order as a means of countering Soviet imperialism. It argues that liberal democratic internationalism has been the American way of practicing balance-of-power politics in world affairs, and that the dominant logic of American foreign policy was dictated by concerns for national security.

Keywords:   democracy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, liberal democratic internationalism, American national security, liberal world order, Monroe Doctrine, realism, anti-imperialism, American foreign policy, Soviet imperialism

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