Hope, Change, Pragmatism

Analyzing Obama’s Grand Strategy

Authors: Shively, Jacob

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  • Offers an examination and assessment of the Obama administration’s grand strategy to pursue and achieve national interests in the global landscape
  • Employs accessible analytical frameworks and narrative case studies to analyze Obama’s strategic vision and the extent to which he was able to realize his goals
  • Evaluates grand strategy across three specific pivotal decision periods: early precedents (2009), the Arab Spring (2011), and challenges from Russia as well as ISIS (2014)
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This book seeks to uncover a clear picture of Barack Obama’s grand strategy, the overarching methods applied to identify and achieve national interests in a global setting. Pressed for an “Obama doctrine” during his final years in office, the President claimed a simple international relations approach: applying all tools at his disposal before resorting for military force. Critics, however, remain unimpressed. They charge the administration with strategic incoherence and weak leadership. Stepping away from ideological and theoretical commitments, Shively applies a simple framework for grand strategy, one that also deepens our systematic understanding. After untangling a complex history and narrating three cases of tumult in 2009, 2011, and 2014, Shively characterizes Obama’s grand strategy as “pragmatic internationalism” and argues that it was a promising but poorly implemented approach.

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Jacob Shively is Assistant Professor of Government at the University of West Florida, USA. His current research examines grand strategy and US foreign policy, as well as security issues related to new technologies such as lethal drones and cyber security.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hope, Change, Pragmatism
Book Subtitle
Analyzing Obama’s Grand Strategy
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57699-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57699-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57697-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95417-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 122
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