In Dangerous Doctrine, political scientist Robert G. Kaufman argues that the forty-fourth president has indeed articulated a clear, consistent national security policy and has pursued it with remarkable fidelity. Yet Kaufman contends that President Obama has imprudently abandoned the muscular internationalism that has marked US foreign policy since the end of World War II. Drawing on international relations theory and American diplomatic history, Kaufman presents a robust critique of the Obama doctrine as he situates the president's use of power within the traditions of American strategic practice.
Focusing on the pivotal regions of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, this provocative study demonstrates how current executive branch leadership threatens America's role as a superpower, weakening its ability to spread democracy and counter threats to geopolitical order in increasingly unstable times. Kaufman proposes a return to the grand strategy of moral democratic realism, as practiced by presidents such as Harry S. Truman, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush, with the hope of reestablishing the United States as the world's dominant power.
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Table of Contents
1 The Main Tenets of the Obama Doctrine 7
2 The Obama Doctrine and International Relations Theory 27
3 The Obama Doctrine and Rival Traditions of American Diplomacy 39
4 The Obama Doctrine's Reset with Russia and Europe 61
5 The Obama Doctrine Meets the Middle East and Afghanistan 97
6 The Obama Doctrine's Asian Pivot 145
Select Bibliography 263