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US grand strategy in the 21st century : the case for restraint / edited by A. Trevor Thrall and Benjamin H. Friedman.

Other Title:
United States grand strategy in the twenty-first century
Publication:
New York : Routledge, [2018]
Series:
Routledge global security studies
Format/Description:
Book
pages cm.
Subjects:
United States -- Foreign relations -- 21st century.
National security -- United States.
World politics -- 21st century.
Diplomatic relations.
National security.
World politics.
United States.
Summary:
This book challenges the dominant strategic culture and makes the case for restraint in US grand strategy in the 21st century. Grand strategy, meaning a state's theory about how it can achieve national security for itself, is elusive. That is particularly true in the United States, where the division of federal power and the lack of direct security threats limit consensus about how to manage danger. This book seeks to spur more vigorous debate on US grand strategy. To do so, the first half of the volume assembles the most recent academic critiques of primacy, the dominant strategic perspective in the United States today. The contributors challenge the notion that US national security requires a massive military, huge defense spending, and frequent military intervention around the world. The second half of the volume makes the positive case for a more restrained foreign policy by excavating the historical roots of restraint in the United States and illustrating how restraint might work in practice in the Middle East and elsewhere. The volume concludes with assessments of the political viability of foreign policy restraint in the United States today. This book will be of much interest to students of US foreign policy, grand strategy, national security, and International Relations in general.
Contents:
National interests, grand strategy, and the case for restraint / Benjamin H. Friedman and A. Trevor Thrall
It's a trap! : security commitments and the risks of entrapment / Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson and David M. Edelstein
Primacy and proliferation : why security commitments don't prevent nuclear weapons' spread / Brendan Rittenhouse Green
Restraint and oil security / Eugene Gholz
Does spreading democracy by force have a place in U.S. grand strategy? : a skeptical view / Alexander B. Downes and Jonathan Monten
The tyrannies of distance : maritime Asia and the barriers to conquest / Patrick Porter
Not so dangerous nation : U.S. foreign policy from the founding to the Spanish-American War / William Ruger
The search for monsters to destroy : Theodore Roosevelt, Republican virtue, and the challenges of liberal democracy in an industrial society / Edward Rhodes
Better balancing the Middle East / Emma Ashford
Embracing threatlessness : U.S. military spending, Newt Gingrich, and the Costa Rica option / John Mueller
Unrestrained : the politics of America's primacist foreign policy / Benjamin Friedman and Harvey Sapolsky
Identifying the restraint constituency / A. Trevor Thrall.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Thrall, A. Trevor, editor.
Friedman, Benjamin H, editor.
ISBN:
9781138084537
1138084530
9781138084544
1138084549
9781315111773 (ebook : alk. paper)
OCLC:
1019843312
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