The article reviews and comments on the overall record of American foreign poliicy and strategy over the past two hundred years presented in the recent book of P. Anderson - a well-known historian and a leftist theoretician. Special attention is given to analysing his approach to the period of Cold War (1945-1991) as well as to the origin and implementation of the American foreign strategy during that period and to the dynamics and main trands of the American foreign policy during the last twenty-five years (1991-2015). Anderson also highlights the results of US foreign policy during the First and Second Administration of B. Obama as well as the author's evaluation of the current American relations with Russia.
The concept developed by modern French political thinker Claude Lefort takes a special place in modern theoretical discourse concerning democratic experience. The gist of the concept developed by C. Lefort is viewing democracy as a symbolic order of modernity. Such approach involves not only studing practices and institutions of power, but also investigating the forms of its symblic representations. The article analyses the key ideas of C. Lefort's concept and its contribution to the theoretical debate on democracy.