Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

Restraint A New Foundation for U S Grand Strategy The United States Barry R Posen argues in Restraint has grown incapable of moderating its ambitions in international politics Since the collapse of Soviet power it has pursued a grand strategy that

  • Title: Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy
  • Author: Barry R. Posen
  • ISBN: 9781501700729
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • The United States, Barry R Posen argues in Restraint, has grown incapable of moderating its ambitions in international politics Since the collapse of Soviet power, it has pursued a grand strategy that he calls liberal hegemony, one that Posen sees as unnecessary, counterproductive, costly, and wasteful Written for policymakers and observers alike, Restraint explains pThe United States, Barry R Posen argues in Restraint, has grown incapable of moderating its ambitions in international politics Since the collapse of Soviet power, it has pursued a grand strategy that he calls liberal hegemony, one that Posen sees as unnecessary, counterproductive, costly, and wasteful Written for policymakers and observers alike, Restraint explains precisely why this grand strategy works poorly and then provides a carefully designed alternative grand strategy and an associated military strategy and force structure In contrast to the failures and unexpected problems that have stemmed from America s consistent overreaching, Posen makes an urgent argument for restraint in the future use of U.S military strength.After setting out the political implications of restraint as a guiding principle, Posen sketches the appropriate military forces and posture that would support such a strategy He works with a deliberately constrained notion of grand strategy and, even important, of national security which he defines as including sovereignty, territorial integrity, power position, and safety His alternative for military strategy, which Posen calls command of the commons, focuses on protecting U.S global access through naval, air, and space power, while freeing the United States from most of the relationships that require the permanent stationing of U.S forces overseas.

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    1. Realist argument for US grand strategy of restraint. Critiques the current strategy of "Liberal Hegemony," which Posen says reflects a coalition of liberal hawks and neoconservatives. Restraint strategy emphasizes naval power with US troops withdrawn from most current international deployments. It is very similar to what some were calling "offshore balancing" a few years ago. The strategy would reduce spending on security policy, but Posen does not attend to how the policy might influence allied [...]

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