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A Grand Strategy for America

A Grand Strategy for America

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The United States today is the most powerful nation in the world, perhaps even stronger than Rome was during its heyday. It is likely to remain the world's preeminent power for at least several decades to come. What behavior is appropriate for such a powerful state? To answer this question, Robert J. Art concentrates on "grand strategy"--the deployment of military power in both peace and war to support foreign policy goals.He first defines America's contemporary national interests and the specific threats they face, then identifies seven grand strategies that the United States might contemplate, examining each in relation to America's interests. The seven are: - dominion--forcibly trying to remake the world in America's own image;- global collective security--attempting to keep the peace everywhere;- regional collective security--confining peacekeeping efforts to Europe;- cooperative security--seeking to reduce the occurrence of war by limiting other states' offensive capabilities;- isolationism--withdrawing from all military involvement beyond U.S. borders;- containment--holding the line against aggressor states; and- selective engagement--choosing to prevent or to become involved only in those conflicts that pose a threat to the country's long-term interests.Art makes a strong case for selective engagement as the most desirable strategy for contemporary America. It is the one that seeks to forestall dangers, not simply react to them; that is politically viable, at home and abroad; and that protects all U.S. interests, both essential and desirable. Art concludes that "selective engagement is not a strategy for all times, but it is the best grand strategy for these times."

Author: Robert J. Art
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Published: 07/15/2003
Pages: 344
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.45lbs
Size: 9.59h x 6.38w x 1.11d
ISBN: 9780801441394

Review Citation(s):
Choice 03/01/2004 pg. 1367
Publishers Weekly 07/15/2003
Library Journal 07/15/2003

About the Author

Robert J. Art is Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations at Brandeis University. He is the author of The TFX Decision: McNamara and the Military and coeditor of The United States and Coercive Diplomacy (with Patrick Cronin) and U.S. Foreign Policy: the Search for a New Role (with Seyom Brown).

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