The Absence of Grand Strategy: The United States in the Persian Gulf, 1972-2005 [NOOK Book]

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Great powers and grand strategies. It is easy to assume that the most powerful nations pursue and employ consistent, cohesive, and decisive policies in trying to promote their interests in regions of the world. Popular theory emphasizes two such grand strategies that great powers may pursue: balance of power policy or hegemonic domination. But, as Steve A. Yetiv contends, things may not always be that cut and dried.

Analyzing the evolution of the United States' foreign policy in...

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The Absence of Grand Strategy: The United States in the Persian Gulf, 1972-2005

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Overview

Great powers and grand strategies. It is easy to assume that the most powerful nations pursue and employ consistent, cohesive, and decisive policies in trying to promote their interests in regions of the world. Popular theory emphasizes two such grand strategies that great powers may pursue: balance of power policy or hegemonic domination. But, as Steve A. Yetiv contends, things may not always be that cut and dried.

Analyzing the evolution of the United States' foreign policy in the Persian Gulf from 1972 to 2005, Yetiv offers a provocative and panoramic view of American strategies in a region critical to the functioning of the entire global economy. Ten cases—from the policies of the Nixon administration to George W. Bush's war in Iraq—reveal shifting, improvised, and reactive policies that were responses to unanticipated and unpredictable events and threats. In fact, the distinguishing feature of the U.S. experience in the Gulf has been the absence of grand strategy.

Yetiv introduces the concept of "reactive engagement" as an alternative approach to understanding the behavior of great powers in unstable regions. At a time when the effects of U.S. foreign policy are rippling across the globe, The Absence of Grand Strategy offers key insight into the nature and evolution of American foreign policy in the Gulf.

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Editorial Reviews

Middle East Journal - David E. Long
It should be required reading for all graduate students contemplating a doctoral thesis in international relations theory.
Choice
Theoretically guided but not heavily theoretical, Yetiv's book is well conceived and clearly presented... Highly recommended.
Middle East Journal
It should be required reading for all graduate students contemplating a doctoral thesis in international relations theory.

— David E. Long

Choice

Theoretically guided but not heavily theoretical, Yetiv's book is well conceived and clearly presented... Highly recommended.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801896873
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Steve A. Yetiv is a professor of political science at Old Dominion University and author of Explaining Foreign Policy: U.S. Decision-Making and the Persian Gulf War, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables     vii
Preface     ix
Introduction: No Grand Strategy     1
Exploring Great Powers in Regions     18
The Nixon Administration's Twin Pillars     28
The Reagan Administration and the Iran-Iraq War     43
The Bush Administration and Constructive Engagement     65
The Iraq War of 1991     76
The Clinton Administration and Saddam Hussein     91
Containment-Plus and Regime Change in Iraq     106
The Iraq War of 2003     116
The Decline of Balance-of-Power Policy     145
The Balance Sheet, So to Speak     166
Theory, Strategy, and Realism     182
Conclusion: Reactive Engagement     192
Core Interviews     199
Notes     201
Bibliography     231
Index     245

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