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The Past, Present, and Future of American Grand Strategy: Some Final Observations

The Past, Present, and Future of American Grand Strategy: Some Final Observations

Chapter:
(p.247) 11 The Past, Present, and Future of American Grand Strategy: Some Final Observations
Source:
Grand Strategy from Truman to Trump
Author(s):
Benjamin MillerZiv Rubinovitz
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226735153.003.0012

The chapter reviews briefly the past (Cold war realism and post-Cold war liberalism), present (“America First”) and the potential future (return of realism?) of US grand strategy. The chapter also overviews the book’s response to the two puzzles. A liberal power—such as the US—endorses realist strategies once it is engaged in a keen competition with peer great powers. This logic explains US realist behavior during the Cold War.

Keywords:   post-Cold War, America First, great power competition, ideology-promotion, balance of threat

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