Rethinking America's Security: Beyond Cold War to New World Order / Edition 1

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During the Cold War, American national security seemed clearly defined: to protect against the overarching threat of the Soviet Union and Communist expansion. But with the demise of Communism, America must reconsider its role in the world as dramatically as it did after victory in World War II. As the only real superpower, how should we use our military strength? What are the lessons of the Persian Gulf War? How and when do we cut back on our defense and national security establishment? In the New World Order a country's social cohesion and economic strength at home are increasingly important determinants of its success. To what extent does America need to reconsider its national security in domestic terms - i.e., improving economic competitiveness and learning to live within its means? In this new collection, sponsored by the American Assembly and the Council on Foreign Relations, a group of leading experts assesses the changing conception of national security in the 1990s and its implications for American policy at home and abroad.
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With the end of the Cold War and the USSR, what should be the future focus of U.S. national security policy? This expansive collection of essays approaches the issue from four overlapping directions: from the concept of national security to its specific dimensions through visions of the new international order to the realities of global events. An impressive array of contributors including Kissinger, Wolfowitz, Inman, Odom, May, and Mearsheimer brings together academic, foreign service, military, and intelligence expertise. Although there's no all encompassing conclusion here, it is a step toward finding America's place in an unpredictable world.--John Yurechko, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393962185
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 13
Introduction and Overview 15
Rethinking the Concept of National Security
1 National Security Portfolio Review 35
2 The Primacy of the Domestic Agenda 57
3 National Security in American History 94
Rethinking the Dimensions of National Security
4 Technology and U.S. National Security 117
5 Industrial Competitiveness and National Security 136
6 The New Defense Strategy 176
7 The Global Dimension 196
Visions of the New International Order
8A Disorder Restored 213
8B Balance of Power Sustained 238
8C A New Concert for Europe 249
8D Practical Internationalism 267
8E The Uneven, but Growing, Role of International Law 279
8F The Unipolar Moment 295
8G An International Liberal Communiry 307
Thinking Beyond the Gulf War
9A Military Lessons and U.S. Forces 337
9B The Hard Realities of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 349
9C U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing Strategic Environment 362
9D The Grand Bargain: The West and the Future of the Soviet Union 375
9E The End of American History: American Security, the National Purpose, and the New World Order 386
10 Conclusion: Getting from Here to Where? 407
Bibliography 435
Final Report of the Seventy-ninth American Assembly 445
Steering Committee and Advisers 467
About the Council on Foreign Relations 468
About The American Assembly 468
Index 471
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