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Trubowitz, Peter
Politics and strategy : partisan ambition and American statecraft / Peter Trubowitz
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2011
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 3rd Floor  JZ1480 .T78 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- Decision making
Subject(s) Strategic planning -- United States
Geopolitics -- United States
Politics, Practical -- United States
Security, International
Political leadership -- United States
Physical Description xiv, 185 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents 1. Statesmen, partisans, and geopolitics. The two faces of grand strategy -- Statesmen as strategic politicians -- Grand strategy past and present -- 2. Grand strategy's microfoundations. Variations in grand strategy -- A model of executive choice -- Determinants of grand strategy -- Research design and outline -- 3. Why states appease their foes. The appeasement puzzle -- George Washington and the appeasement of Britain -- Abraham Lincoln, Britain, and the Confederacy -- Franklin Roosevelt, Hitler, and appeasement, 1936-1939 -- Appeasement reconsidered -- 4. When states expand. Theories of expansionism -- James Monroe, Republican factionalism, and the Monroe Doctrine -- William McKinley, Cuba, and the threat of domestic populism -- George W. Bush, September 11, and the promise of party realignment -- Expansionism : necessity or choice? -- 5. Why states underreach. Strategies of restraint -- Jacksonian fissures and Martin Van Buren's strategic adjustment -- Herbert Hoover, Republican sectarianism, and strategic retrenchment -- Bill Clinton, the Democrats, and selective engagement -- The paradox of strategic "underextension" -- 6. Statecraft's twin engines. American balancing in historical perspective -- Geopolitics and partisan politics : managing cross-pressure -- Secondary powers and nondemocracies -- Barack Obama and grand strategy
Summary "Why do some national leaders pursue ambitious grand strategies and adventuresome foreign policies while others do not? When do leaders boldly confront foreign threats and when are they less assertive? Politics and Strategy shows that grand strategies are Janus-faced: their formulation has as much to do with a leader's ability to govern at home as it does with maintaining the nation's security abroad. Drawing on the American political experience, Peter Trubowitz reveals how variations in domestic party politics and international power have led presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama to pursue strategies that differ widely in international ambition and cost. He considers why some presidents overreach in foreign affairs while others fail to do enough
Trubowitz pushes the understanding of grand strategy beyond traditional approaches that stress only international forces or domestic interests. He provides insights into how past leaders responded to cross-pressures between geopolitics and party politics, and how similar issues continue to bedevil American statecraft today. He suggests that the trade-offs shaping American leaders' foreign policy choices are not unique--analogous trade-offs confront Chinese and Russian leaders as well."--pub. desc
Series Princeton studies in international history and politics

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