America's Strategic Choices

America's Strategic Choices

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Overview

Over a decade has passed since the end of the Cold War, but the United States has yet to reach a consensus on a coherent approach to the international use of American power. The United States is still searching for a strategy to replace containment as the guiding principle for U.S. foreign policy.

The essays in America's Strategic Choices present contending perspectives on the future of U.S. grand strategy. Several authors argue that the time has come for the United States to reduce its global role. Others make the case for continued U.S. diplomatic and military engagement in world affairs. The options for U.S. policy include primacy, cooperative security, selective engagement, and neo-isolationist retrenchment. This revised edition includes additional and more recent analysis and advocacy of these options. The essays in this volume analyze each of these choices and the authors spell out what is at stake in the debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262522434
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/04/1997
Series: International Security Readers
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael E. Brown is Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Owen Coté is Associate Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and Editor of the journal International Security .

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is Editor of International Security , the International Security Program's quarterly journal. He is also series editor of the Belfer Center Studies in International Security, the Program's book series that is published by MIT Press.

Steven E. Miller is director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

Table of Contents

The Contributorsvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Prefacexi
Part IA Framework for Analyzing U.S. Strategic Choices
Competing Visions for U.S. Grand Strategy3
Part IIRestraint
Come Home, America: The Strategy of Restraint in the Face of Temptation55
From Preponderance to Offshore Balancing: America's Future Grand Strategy99
Part IIISelective Engagement
Geopolitics Updated: The Strategy of Selective Engagement141
Part IVCooperative Security
Cooperative Security in the United States179
Concerts, Collective Security, and the Future of Europe218
Concerts, Collective Security, and the Future of Europe: A Retrospective266
Part VPrimacy
The Stability of a Unipolar World273
Preserving the Unipolar Moment: Realist Theories and U.S. Grand Strategy after the Cold War310
Documentation: A National Security Strategy for a New Century351
Suggestions for Further Reading412

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Stephen Van Evera

America's Strategic Choices collects the best recent writing on American grand strategy. It is an excellent reader for courses on US foreign policy, grand strategy, and contemporary security issues.

Endorsement

America's Strategic Choices collects the best recent writing on American grand strategy. It is an excellent reader for courses on US foreign policy, grand strategy, and contemporary security issues.

Stephen Van Evera, Associate Professor of Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; author of Causes of War: Power and the Roots of Conflict

From the Publisher

America's Strategic Choices collects the best recent writing on American grand strategy. It is an excellent reader for courses on US foreign policy, grand strategy, and contemporary security issues.

Stephen Van Evera , Associate Professor of Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; author of Causes of War: Power and the Roots of Conflict

America's Strategic Choices collects the best recent writing on American grand strategy. It is an excellent reader for courses on US foreign policy, grand strategy, and contemporary security issues.

Stephen Van Evera , Associate Professor of Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; author of Causes of War: Power and the Roots of Conflict

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