Strategic Retrenchment and Renewal in the American Experience

Strategic Retrenchment and Renewal in the American Experience
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Strategic Retrenchment and Renewal in the American Experience
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At a time of fiscal constraint and global uncertainty, should the United States retrench geopolitically or seek to reinvigorate its international leadership? This collection of essays puts this pressing question in historical and theoretical context. The authors examine past episodes in which U.S. policymakers confronted similar choices, and draw insights from the strategies that they fashioned in response. The essays also consider the major theoretical and policy debates pertaining to the issues of retrenchment and renewal today.

 

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
ELEANORE DOUGLAS
 is currently at the LBJ School of Public Affairs after serving several years as a defense consultant in Washington, DC. She has most recently contributed to a published assessment of the Department of Defense organizational transformation initiatives during the George W. Bush administration. Her research interests include international security, intelligence policy, defense strategy and policy. Ms. Douglas holds a master’s degree in intelligence and international security from the Department of War Studies, King’s College, University of London.
PETER FEAVER is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and also Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS). From June 2005 to July 2007, he was Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House, where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews, and other political-military issues. Dr. Feaver is the author of Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003) and of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992), along with several other books. Dr. Feaver holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
FRANCIS J. GAVIN is first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy studies and Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before joining MIT, he was the Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs and the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas. From 2005 until 2010, he directed The American Assembly’s multiyear national initiative, The Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions. Dr. Gavin has been a National Security Fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, an International Security Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a Research Fellow at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, a Smith Richardson Junior Faculty Fellow in international Security and Foreign Policy, a Donald D. Harrington Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas, a Senior Research Fellow at the Nobel Institute, and an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Gavin is the author of Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004) and Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age (Cornell University Press, 2012). Dr. Gavin holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, a Master of Studies in modern European history from Oxford University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from the University of Pennsylvania.
WILLIAM INBODEN is Executive Director of the William P. Clements, Jr., Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft at the University of Texas-Austin. He also serves as Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He also worked at the Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and a Special Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom, and has worked as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. His current research includes working on a history of the National Security Council. Dr. Imboden is the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment (Cambridge University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Inboden holds an A.B. from Stanford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Yale University.
CHARLES MILLER’s areas of regional interest include China, the United States, and Australia. His research interests include military effectiveness, public opinion and foreign policy, and rational decisionmaking in strategic affairs. Dr. Miller is the author of such publications as Endgame for the West in Afghanistan (2010), an exploration of the causes of the decline in support for the Afghan mission in Australia, the United States, France, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and The Political Science of Retrenchment (2013), an outline of what political science and defense economics can teach policymakers about when and how to carry out retrenchment in defense spending, both produced through the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. Dr. Miller holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.
BRIAN MUZAS is Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the role of religious cultural heritage in shaping nuclear policy decisions. Dr. Muzas holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas.
IONUT C. POPESCU is an Assistant Professor in the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. His research focuses on U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy, security studies, and international relations. He was the Duke American Grand Strategy Program Fellow. He worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. Dr. Popescu has written articles appearing in such journals as Orbis, Armed Forces Journal, Joint Force Quarterly, and Contemporary Security Policy. Dr. Popescu graduated Summa cum Laude from Occidental College with a B.A. in diplomacy and world affairs, and holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Duke University. His dissertation examined the interplay of design and emergence in the making of American Grand Strategy in several strategic eras in U.S. history.
MEGAN REISS holds a Graduate Fellowship at the William P. Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft. She worked as a researcher at the Hoover Institution and for the Stanford Preventive Force Group, focusing on security, foreign policy, and international law. Ms. Reiss holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an LLM from the University of Nottingham, her thesis focused on the ability of regional organizations to work within and outside the legal framework of a Security Council mandate. She is a Ph.D. student in public policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, where she studies the role of presidential decisionmaking in nuclear proliferation policy.261
JEREMI SURI is the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University’s Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. His research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” in the Arts and Sciences. He is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs. Professor Suri is the author of five books on contemporary politics and foreign policy, and his most recent book is Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama (September 2011), which analyzes the past and future of nation-building. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Foreword ....................................................................................................vii
1. Introduction ..............................................................................................1
    Peter Feaver, Jeremi Suri, Francis J. Gavin, and William Inboden
2. The Political Economy of Retrenchment ..............................................7
    Charles Miller
3. Herbert Hoover and the Adjustment to the Depression ..................69
    Eleanore Douglas
4. Strategic Calculations in Times of Austerity: Richard Nixon ........119
    Megan Reiss
5. Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and the End (Or Consumm-
     ation?)of Détente ...................................................................................163
    Brian K. Muzas
6. Is it Time for Retrenchment? The Big Debate on American
    Grand Strategy ......................................................................................221
    Ionut C. Popescu
About the Contributors ............................................................................257

Audience

Historians, political scientists, military strategists and international relations scholars may value the historical, theoretical, and comparative policies contained within this text.

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  • Austerity
  • Detente
  • Renewal
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