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The Puzzle and the Argument

The Puzzle and the Argument

(p.1) Introduction The Puzzle and the Argument
Grand Strategy from Truman to Trump
Benjamin MillerZiv Rubinovitz
University of Chicago Press

This chapter introduces the key puzzles addressed in the book. Rather than providing a comprehensive history of U.S. grand strategy since 1945, this book focuses on explaining such key puzzles, while presenting a relatively parsimonious theoretical model. The book develops the argument that this model can provide a useful account of the key changes in American grand strategy. While showing that popular explanations based on domestic and individual-level factors do not provide a sufficient explanation for the variations and changes in U.S. grand strategy, this book proposes a theoretical model for explaining great power choices of grand strategy based on international systemic effects.

Keywords:   IR theory, international system, ideational

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