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understand the circumstances in which great power combatants are more or less likely to attack one another?

Session 4: Debates about U.S. Grand Strategy Required Readings

Robert J. Art, Grand Strategy for America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002), pp. 45-81, 121-170, and 198-248.

Stephen D. Biddle, American Grand Strategy after 9/11: An Assessment, Monograph # 603 (Carlise, Penn.: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2005).

Recommended Readings

The National Security Strategy of the United States (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 2002) Available on the White House website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/nsc/nss.pdf

National Strategy for Combating Terrorism (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 2003) Available on the White House website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/02/counter_terrorism/counter_terrorism_strategy. pdf

National Defense Strategy of the United States (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 2005) Available on the Department of Defense website: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2005/d20050318nds1.pdf

National Military Strategy of the United States (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 2004) Available on the Department of Defense website: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2005/d20050318nms.pdf

Colin Dueck, "Ideas and Alternatives in American Grand Strategy, 2000-2004," Review of International Studies, vol. 30, no. 4 (October 2004): 511-535.

Stephen M. Walt, "Keeping the World "Off Balance": Self Restraint and U.S. Foreign Policy," in Ikenberry, ed. America Unrivaled, pp. 121-155.

Robert Jervis, "Understanding the Bush Doctrine," Political Science Quarterly, vol. 111, no. 2 (fall 2003), pp. 365-388.

Edward Rhodes, "The Imperial Logic of Bush's Liberal Agenda," Survival, vol. 45, no. 3 (spring 2003), pp. 131-54.

Barry R. Posen and Andrew L. Ross, "Competing Visions for U.S. Grand Strategy," International Security, vol. 21, no. 3 (winter 1996/97), pp. 5-54 [reprinted in Michael E. Brown, et al., eds., America's Strategic Choices, rev. ed. (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000).

John J. Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (New York: W.W. Norton, 2001), chap. 7.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).

Ivo Daalder and Michael O'Hanlon, America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2003).

Discussion Questions

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    Robert Art identifies seven possible grand strategies for the United States in the twenty-first century: dominion (or primacy), selective engagement, offshore balancing, global collective security, regional collective security, containment, and neo-isolationism. Since the end of the Cold War and particularly after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, the real debate over

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      S. grand strategy is between different forms of internationalism (dominion, global and regional collective security, containment, and selective engagement). Why might Art spend such considerable effort to refuting neo-isolation and offshore balancing? Have his warnings against a grand strategy of dominion/primacy come true since the publication of the book?


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