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The imperial image of the new world order: Is this political realism?

Author(s): Vicente Palacio de Oteyza

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 64;
Start page: 07;
Date: 2003;
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Keywords: Orden internacional | Estados Unidos | realismo político | teoría relaciones internacionales | unilateralismo | multilateralismo

This article analyses the different images of the world order belonging to the realist theory of international relations, and their relationship to the neo-conservative doctrines of the American imperial order. It deals with answering the question of whether or notthe current Republican administration’s unipolar-imperial image of the world order can be considered a form of political realism. Both the defenders of the unipolar-imperial order and its detractors often ascribe this image to the tradition of realism, where two other images subsequent to the end of the Cold War can be placed: the geo-economic and multipolar images. However, an analysis of the different images reveals that the neoconservative doctrines of the new imperial order depart considerably from realism at the descriptive, prescriptive and predictive levels, to the point where they become incompatible with it. This study concludes that the imperial image is an anomaly not only with respect to political realism but also with respect to the unipolar image itself.
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