Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Obama's Grand Strategy

So how will a President Obama approach grand strategy? It's too soon to say, of course, but we might be able to get a glimpse of what is to come. The Small Wars Journal links to a story about Obama tapping several people from the Center for a New American Security to serve on his transition team. In the summer I was googling around looking for interesting papers on grand strategy. Many of the papers and articles I found were by several center-left thinkers who I suspect are going to have an influence on Obama's grand strategy (Michele Flournoy, Shawn Brimley, Anne-Marie Slaughter, John Ikenberry) Below are links to those posts with excerpts from various papers. Several of the papers were part of CNAS's Solarium Project and are no longer available online [UPDATE:Available online (PDF) here], but they have been collected into a book which you can buy at Amazon: Finding Our Way: Debating American Grand Strategy At the bottom are direct links to three papers on grand strategy (pdf). Hopefully these posts and papers will give some insight into what we can expect from an Obama national security strategy:

On Michele Flournoy and the Solarium Project

Grand Strategy as Liberal Order Building

Four Basic Options for Grand Strategy

Key Tenets of American Grand Strategy

An Interesting Grand Strategy Discussion...

You have to embrace the complexity

American power did not destabilize world order; it helped create it

Three papers:

Strategic Leadership: Framework for a 21st Century National Security Strategy

Forging a World of Liberty Under Law: US National Security Strategy in the 21st Century

An Agenda for Liberal International Renewal

Finding Our Way: Debating American Grand Strategy

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