The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives

by Zbigniew Brzezinski

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Bestselling author and eminent foreign policy scholar Zbigniew Brzezinski's classic book on American's strategic mission in the modern world.

In The Grand Chessboard, renowned geostrategist Zbigniew Brzezinski delivers a brutally honest and provocative vision for American preeminence in the twenty-first century. The task facing the United States, he argues, is to become the sole political arbiter in Eurasian lands and to prevent the emergence of any rival power threatening our material and diplomatic interests. The Eurasian landmass, home to the greatest part of the globe's population, natural resources, and economic activity, is the "grand chessboard" on which America's supremacy will be ratified and challenged in the years to come. In this landmark work of public policy and political science, Brzezinski outlines a groundbreaking and powerful blueprint for America's vital interests in the modern world.

In this revised edition, Brzezinski addresses recent global developments including the war in Ukraine, the re-emergence of Russia, and the rise of China.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465094356
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 125,129
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928-2017) was National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter, a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Second Chance and Strategic Vision, among many other books.

Table of Contents

I. Hegemony of a New Type
The Short Road to Global Supremacy
The First Global Power
The American Global System

II. The Eurasian Chessboard
Geopolitics and Geostrategy
Geostrategic Players and Geopolitical Pivots
Critical Choices and Potential Challenges

III. The Democratic Bridgehead
Grandeur and Redemption
America's Central Objective
Europe's Historic Timetable

IV. The Black Hole
Russia's New Geopolitical Setting
Geostrategic Phantasmagoria
The Dilemma of the One Alternative

V. The Eurasian Balkans
The Ethnic Cauldron
The Multiple Contest
Neither Dominion Nor Exclusion

VI. The Far Eastern Anchor
China: Not Global but Regional
Japan: Not Regional but International
America's Geostrategic Adjustment

VII. Conclusion
A Geostrategy for Eurasia
A Trans-Eurasian Security System
Beyond the Last Global Superpower

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