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).
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).
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
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?