Empire Study Group
Photography by: James Palik
Join us in a monthly exploration of the Unites
States’ global interests and burdens. Whether formal or
informal, the effective control of subordinated societies by
great powers is what defines imperialism.
We favor a behavioral, not a juridical, view of American imperial
power. Yet, we also pay attention to the structural tension
between an American Empire and an American Republic based on
constitutional checks and balances.
Government transparency and oversight—from the NSA to
the Federal Reserve Bank—are issues in an Obama administration
worthy of further discussion, since the president championed
these causes in 2009.
Empire Study Group was founded at the dai Tübingen